Sunday, January 24, 2010

Badgers Avoid Disaster Against Penn State

The Wisconsin Badgers do not lose to unranked Big Ten basketball teams at home under Bo Ryan, it's just not something that they do. But the Nittany Lions of Penn State put that mark in serious jeopardy, as they lead by 16 points early in the second half as they looked to knock off the #19 ranked Badgers.

Desperately not wanting to lose at the Kohl Center, Jordan Taylor hit bucket after bucket to not only bring the Badgers back but to give them the victory in overtime, as Wisconsin came out on top 79-71. Taylor finished with 20 points total on the night, and was without a doubt the player of this game.

Being down 16 points in the second half is never easy to come back from, especially in the Big Ten where points can be as rare as unobtanium in the Avatar universe (reference to movie I've never seen alert). But the Badgers have had a knack for comebacks this season, and ended up looking strong in the game's final minutes to pick up a big victory, one which was fueled by a 15-0 run in the second half.

Next up for Bucky is a big matchup at Purdue on Thursday, a venue in which Wisconsin has had a historically hard time winning. In other news, since I half-ass cover Marquette, I'll pass along that they lost to Syracuse this weekend, and will take on Rutgers this Tuesday.


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