Attempting to put together their first back-to-back wins since January 3rd, the Badgers played in yet another tight contest at home against the Northwestern Wildcats.
It was an offensive slog for both teams throughout the game. Northwestern put a double team on Steven Crowl, forcing the Badgers to shoot from the outside.
Northwestern was in control for the first half, holding on to a 26-23 lead at halftime after a buzzer beater layup from Tyler Wahl brought it to a one possession game.
Wisconsin was able to take a couple of leads in the second half, but every time they took one, Northwestern would answer right back and the Badgers couldn't extend their lead and take control.
Because of the double team inside, guards Chucky Hepburn and Connor Essegian were the bulk of Bucky's offense. Hepburn had 17 points to lead the way while Essegian scored 15 points on career highs in three pointers made and attempted.
Once again, missed free throws were the difference in the game. Wisconsin was 5-11 from the free throw line and while Northwestern wasn't much better, the Badgers didn't get to the line enough after getting into the bonus with nine minutes left in the game.
The Badgers will look to right the ship on Wednesday when they travel to take on Penn State. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.