Head coach Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers are 5-0 to begin the year and they’ll put that record on the line Saturday when they welcome in 2-2 Oral Roberts for an early season out-of-conference contest.
The Badgers are coming into this one rolling after a great week. Last Tuesday, Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points in a 103-85 rout of North Dakota, and then the Badgers followed that up a couple nights later with an 88-64 win over Bowling Green.
If the Badgers win on Saturday, it’ll be the second time in the last three years that Ryan and his squad will open up a season 6-0.
To keep this streak going, though, Ryan believes that the defensive effort of his team needs to improve a little bit. Guard Josh Gasser echoed that sentiment to ESPN:
“I definitely don’t think we’re happy at all with our defensive performance,” guard Josh Gasser said. “Too many points in the paint, too many uncontested layups, easy buckets we’re not accustomed to giving up. We’re still working through some things. I think it’s better than last game, but not where we want to be.”
Date: Nov. 23
Start Time: 8:30pm ET
Location: Madison, WI
Arena: Kohl Center
TV Info: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: BTN2Go
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