It is not often that a team gets too comfortable and gives up on its season; however, the Wisconsin Badgers have done just that with back to back losses to the Purdue Boilermakers and the Michigan State Spartans. Not only did the Badgers get outplayed, but they looked like they didn’t want to be there. Michigan State was up by twenty and continued to run through Wisconsin’s defense. This loss doesn’t bode well for Wisconsin when the NCAA tournament starts.
Jared Berggren didn’t play well at all, going 2-9 from the field with only six points. Wisconsin can’t win when its best player isn’t playing well – it doesn’t help that the rest of the team barely contributed. The only way to describe Wisconsin’s performance on Thursday night is sad.
However, don’t look at this loss as a testament to the Badgers poor play, but how good Michigan State is. The Spartans played an outstanding game defensively and key players stepped up to get points. Tom Izzo is doing Tom Izzo things and his team is getting better as it gets closer to the NCAA tournament.
The Badgers are knocked out of the top four in the Big 10 and lost their slim chance at a share of the Big 10 title. If Wisconsin continues to play at this rate, the Badgers may not make it past the first round of the Big 10 tournament or the NCAA tournament. Bo Ryan needs to talk his team into putting up a fight again, because, when they do, they can compete with some of the best teams in the nation.