It’s been over a decade since Wisconsin last went into the Breslin Center and won, and that trend didn’t end last night. The Badgers dug themselves an early 14-3 hole in the first 6 minutes, Nigel couldn’t hit a shot, and Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes were both unstoppable on their way to a 69-57 win that was never even as close as the final score looked. Other than that, there’s not a whole lot to say about it. Michigan State dominated from start to finish, as they probably should have. They’re a team that will have shot to cut down the nets in April, and we’re just fighting to get in.
I think the general consensus going into this game was that it would be one the Badgers couldn’t get after knocking off MSU at home a month ago, and the good news is that it shouldn’t really cost us anything. At this point the goal is to make the Tournament, and losing to the #8 team in the country on the road won’t be a deal breaker. It probably would’ve made us a shoe-in had we pulled out a win, but last night they were just flat out the better team all around. We’ll still get one more shot at a big time team in #4 Iowa, and we still have more winnable games on the schedule. As long as we win 3 of the last 5 in the regular season and knock somebody off in the B1G Tournament, we should be dancing.