Not surprisingly, the Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4) athletic department and fans used this night to remind the Huskers (13-15, 4-11) about that fateful night in Indianapolis. They brought back all-american running back Montee Ball. There was a sign that made the broadcast making fun of the final score. Then the basketball team tried to match the rout. They nearly did. Both teams exceeded their football counterparts December contest.
This was a game that had ugly potential for the Huskers from the outset. The Huskers coming off the high of their comeback win vs. Iowa just two days earlier. The Badgers had five days off. They're also a complete team with size, skill and athleticism and have been playing as well as any team in the Big Ten. Buoyed by the Minnesota upset win over Indiana, the Badgers had an opportunity to move back into a share of second place in the conference with Michigan St., just a game behind the Hoosiers. (Michigan will join them with a win over Penn St. Wednesday night.)
The details of this game really aren't that significant. The Huskers actually led 12-11 in this one. The Badgers were able to do nearly whatever they wanted from that point on. The Badgers shot better than 50%. They made 12 three pointers, one more than the number of free throws they made. Also is the most threes the Huskers have surrendered to an opponent this season. The Badgers 31 point victory is also the most the Huskers have lost by this season. It was just one of those nights for the Huskers.
Nebraska couldn't really do much right . They trailed by 21 points at the half, then promptly came out after half time and missed 17 of their first 18 shots. They got out-rebounded by six, which is surprisingly low considering how poorly they shot the basketball. All-in-all, it was a rough night for the Huskers in what was a difficult match-up in the first place.
Dylan Talley was the only Husker that really had a night worth noting tonight. He paced the Huskers with 21 points. The Huskers will lick their wounds before heading back out on the road to take on Illinois Saturday afternoon. Tip off is at 5:15 and will air on BTN.