The Badgers wrapped up their time in New Zealand and Australia this week with a victory against the Sydney Kings, improving to 4-1 on their five game exhibition trip.
In Wisconsin’s final game the Badgers utilized a 9-2 run in the third quarter to take the lead back from Sydney and would later make another run in the fourth to open up a 74-62 lead with five minutes remaining. After opening up a double digit lead the Badgers were able to coast to a 83-71 win down the stretch.
Leading the team in scoring was Brad Davison with 23 points. Also reaching double digits were D’Mitrik Trice (16), Ethan Happ (15) and Nathan Reuvers (10). Wisconsin shot 47.6% from the field and hit 40% of their three pointers while limiting turnovers and cleaning up on the glass.
One of the key things Wisconsin wanted to focus on heading into this trip was to work on developing their young roster and get their new additions up to speed. The Badgers seemingly reached that goal, with five different players leading the team in scoring each game and none of them being standout Ethan Happ.
"I think the different leading scorers shows the diversity of this team and how we can get production from a lot of different way," head coach Greg Gard mentioned. “We've gotten contributions from a lot of different areas. I've seen some guys that are new to the program take big steps here in the last 10 days that we've been here. I've also seen guys that have been in the program take big steps forward. I think we were able to accomplish and get out of this trip what we wanted to get out of it.”
With their summer trip out of the way the Badgers next outing will be an exhibition game against UW-Stout in early November. Following UW-Stout the Badgers are set to tip off the upcoming season against South Carolina State several days later on the 10th.