Huskers Fall to No. 17 Badgers
Madison, Wis. - Wisconsin was red hot on a cold snowy night, as the No. 17 Badgers topped Nebraska 77-46 Tuesday evening at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers shot 51 percent from the field and hit 12 3-pointers, a season best for a Husker opponent, en route to improving to 20-8 on the season and 11-4 in Big Ten action. Sam Dekker had 19 points off the bench, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead three Badgers in double figures.
Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4 B1G) took control with a 24-2 run midway through the half, turning an early deficit into a 21-point lead and never looked back in completing the season sweep of the Huskers.
Dylan Talley led Nebraska with 21 points - his sixth 20-point game of the season - and grabbed eight rebounds, while Brandon Ubel had 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out. The Huskers shot just 32.8 percent from the floor on the night and were never able to get untracked after Wisconsin's decisive run midway through the first half.
The Badgers shot the lights out in the first half, hitting 59 percent from the floor, including 8-of-13 from long range to build a 44-23 advantage.
Nebraska used an early 8-0 to take a 10-8 lead after a Ubel basket and led 12-11 after a Talley bucket before the Badgers took control. UW ran off 10 straight points, including 3-pointers from George Marshall and Dekker, to take a nine point lead before a Ubel basket ended the run. Dekker, who had 13 points off the bench in the first half, keyed a 14-0 run with eight points in helping the Badgers extend their lead to 35-14, as Wisconsin hit seven of their first nine from 3-point range.
Nebraska chipped away, as Talley, who had 12 first-half points, ran off seven straight points to pull Nebraska within 35-21, but could get no closer, as Wisconsin closed the half on a 9-2 spurt to take a 21-point lead into the locker room.
Any hopes for an upset ended early in the second half, as the Huskers went ice cold, missing 17 of their first 18 shots in the second half as Wisconsin opened the half on a 20-3 run and led by as many as 38 in the second half.
The Huskers return to action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Illinois. Tip-off is set for 4:15 p.m. and the game will be televised by BTN and on the Husker Sports Network.