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12/13 Big Ten Basketball Recap: Wisconsin Routs Savannah State

The Badgers had a very nice first half on their way to an easy win.

NCAA Basketball: Savannah State at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

There was only one Big Ten game tonight with Wisconsin hosting lowly Savannah State. There hasn’t been many games this week, mainly due to a lot of schools currently having exams, so at least it’s basketball even if it wasn’t exactly entertaining.

So let’s see what happened on Thursday night.

Game of the Night

#16 Wisconsin Badgers 101, Savannah State Tigers 60

Savannah State isn’t a good team. Their current KenPom ranking has them at 345th (out of 353 teams) and they don’t exactly play defense. Seriously, they just gave up 139 points to South Dakota State two nights before. They’ve given up at least 100 points five times, including an 85-120 loss to Vanderbilt at the end of November.

So I guess it wasn’t a huge surprise that the Badgers scored plenty of points in the first half, piecing together a nice half and entering the break with 69 points. At the break the Badgers shot 71% from the field, 69% from three and 83% from the line.

In the second half Wisconsin slowed things down and only put up 32 points, but the game was already out of reach with the Badgers holding a 37 point lead at the half. Ethan Happ had a solid night, scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds and six assists. Brad Davison led the team in scoring with 24 points while hitting six of his nine three pointers. Wisconsin ended up shooting 56.1% from the field, 47.1% from three and 78.6% from the line on their way to an easy 101-60 win.

Leading Savannah State was Jaquan Dotson with 20 points. The Tigers shot predominantly from deep, as 39 of their 60 field goals were from three, but they could only hit 28.2% of their attempts. They were also out rebounded by a 45-20 margin, making things even more difficult for the overmatched Tigers.