It’s been a busy week for the Wisconsin basketball program, ladies and gents, but fear not because BadgerNotes can help get you back up to speed with a roundup of some important news you may have missed.
Wisconsin Basketball Drops Three Straight Games
After a 3-0 start in Big Ten play, Wisconsin basketball has now dropped three straight games without their best player, Tyler Wahl.
It’s no secret Wisconsin looks like an entirely different team without Wahl in the lineup (obviously), averaging under 60 points per game during the skid. But it’s the defensive end where his absence has been the most glaring.
With Wahl in the lineup, the Badgers held opponents to 61.2 points per game. Without him? Opposing teams averaged 70.3 points per game and 48% shooting from the field.
That said, the sky is hardly falling in Madison.
Roughly a week and a half ago, Wisconsin basketball was undefeated in league play and ranked No. 14 in the country after being picked to finish 9th in the preseason by media pundits.
Yes, this team needs its “big three” healthy to compete for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament, but show me a team that loses its best player and doesn’t miss a beat. I’ll hang up and listen.
Rumor has it Wahl will be back in the lineup on Tuesday when the Badgers take on Penn State.
Wisconsin Basketball Showing Interest in 2024 Sharpshooters
Last week, Wisconsin basketball became the latest Power 5 program showing interest in 2024 three-star shooting guard Cole Certa out of Bloomington, Illinois.
“Coach [Dean] Oliver is recruiting me; he came to my game on Friday night,” Certa told BadgerNotes. “I’ve watched UW basketball all my life and love how they play. They [Wisconsin] play hard and do it the right way – I’ve seen them have a lot of success with guys who have a similar game to mine.”
According to 247Sports, Certa is the No. 36 SG in the country and the No. 7 players in Illinois.
Already considered one of the best shooters in the Midwest, Certa currently holds offers from Bradley, Illinois State, Drake, Southern Illinois, Loyola Northwestern, Penn State, and Rice.
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