Badgers upset No. 6 Duke 73-69, Big Ten wins Challenge for first timeWisconsin Sports
- The Wisconsin men’s basketball team upset No. 6 Duke 73-69 last night in Madison. It gave the Blue Devils their first loss of the season, and their first loss in 11 games in the annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
MADISON - The Wisconsin men’s basketball team upset number-six Duke 73-to-69 last night in Madison. It gave the Blue Devils their first loss of the season, and their first loss in 11 games in the annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The Badgers almost blew an 11-point lead late in the second half. But senior guard Trevon Hughes made two free throws with four-point-nine seconds left.
Duke’s Jon Scheyer missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer. And then the Wisconsin students mobbed the Kohl Center floor. Hughes led the Badgers with a career-high 26 points – 19 in the second half. He said the key was staying loose, and not getting tense at key moments.
Wisconsin shot 44-percent, eight points above Duke’s defensive average coming in. And the Badgers played a clean game with 17 assists and just five turnovers. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the Badgers played like veterans for 40 solid minutes, and they deserved to win. Kyle Singler scored 17 of Duke’s 32 points in the first half. He ended the night with 28.
Duke fell to 6-1 on the year, while the Badgers improved to 5-1. Also last night, Ohio State beat Florida State to give the Big Ten its first overall victory in the 11 years of the challenge, 6-5 over the ACC. The Badgers’ next game is on Saturday at home against Grambling State.