By Adam Roberts – 2/15/2021
Many Badger men’s basketball fans were left heartbroken on Valentine’s Day. With a double-digit lead at halftime against third-ranked Michigan that was playing its first game in three weeks, it seemed like love at first sight. But then the honeymoon phase ended, and the lead disappeared as quickly as it arrived. Ultimately, Wisconsin decided to ghost the win they had in their grasp and fell 67-59.
Cringe aside, it was disappointing watching the Badgers drop a double-digit lead to a Top Five team and allow a victory that could have skyrocketed Wisconsin in bracketology forecasts. As a team, the Badgers shot under 40% for the game and gave up 11 offensive rebounds to a team that needs no extra luck going its way.
With the loss, the Badgers fell down to 21st in the newest AP Top 25 today. As I mentioned earlier in my Sportscenter update, it doesn’t get any easier for Wisconsin this week, with #11 Iowa up next on Thursday day and another game aganst #5 Illinois not for beyond that.