12/01 19:22 CST Potter, Wahl help No. 4 Wisconsin trounce Green Bay 82-42
Potter, Wahl help No. 4 Wisconsin trounce Green Bay 82-42
By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --- No. 4 Wisconsin made sure not to let anything interfere
with the continuation of its winning streak Tuesday.
It didn't matter if the man in charge of the opposite bench was the son of the
winningest coach in Badgers history.
Micah Potter scored 14 points to lead five Badgers in double figures as
Wisconsin breezed to an 82-42 victory over Green Bay on Tuesday in Phoenix
coach Will Ryan's return to Madison.
Wisconsin (3-0) has won 11 straight games. The streak began when the Badgers
won their final eight games of the 2019-20 season to earn a share of the Big
"It motivates us a lot," said Wisconsin's Tyler Wahl, who had 11 points and a
career-high 15 rebounds. "We wanted to pick up where we left off from last
This matchup pitted two former colleagues against each other.
Ryan, Green Bay's first-year coach, is the son of former Wisconsin coach Bo
Ryan. Will Ryan and current Badgers coach Greg Gard worked together on Bo
Ryan's Wisconsin staff from 2002-07.
Bo Ryan coached Wisconsin from 2001-15 and posted a 364-130 record. There were
no spectators Tuesday due to COVID-19 safety protocols, and Bo Ryan was
expected to watch the game from his home in La Quinta, California.
"I'm sure he was glued to the TV overanalyzing both teams," Will Ryan said.
"Hopefully he can give us some words of wisdom tonight or tomorrow."
Aleem Ford and Nate Reuvers each scored 13 points for the Badgers, and Brad
Davison added 10 points. Josh Jefferson led Green Bay (0-2) with 12 points.
Wisconsin's offense wasn't very sharp at the start of the day. The Badgers only
led 13-8 nearly 13 minutes into the game despite holding Green Bay scoreless
for a stretch that lasted over eight minutes.
Once the Badgers finally heated up, they put the game out of reach.
"We started to get in the flow," Potter said. "We got our energy going from the
defensive side of the floor. We were able to take better shots. We took good
looks. We drove it. We took it strong to the hole, got good kick-outs for open
shots. That was the biggest thing. We just settled early. Going forward, we're
just going to have to make sure we're attacking earlier."
Green Bay: The Phoenix got blown out by another Big Ten team after opening the
season with a 99-69 loss at Minnesota. That one-two punch should at least make
Green Bay ready for whatever it might encounter the rest of the season. Green
Bay will have to improve its outside shooting after going a combined 6 of 33
from 3-point range over its first two games.
Wisconsin: The Badgers have three straight double-digit victories against
overmatched opponents to start the season. They'll have a much better idea of
where they stand after visiting Marquette and hosting Louisville in their next
Green Bay shot 28.1% from the floor overall and went just 4 of 26 in the first
half. ... After making just five of its first 16 field-goal attempts, Wisconsin
shot 64.4% (29 of 45) the rest of the way. ... Wisconsin outrebounded Green Bay
45-25 and outscored the Phoenix 42-22 in the paint. ... Wahl had a total of one
rebound in Wisconsin's first two games before collecting 15 on Tuesday.
BADGERS' McGRORY OUT INDEFINITELY
Wisconsin announced before the game that senior Walt McGrory had undergone hip
surgery and will be out indefinitely. The reserve guard hadn't appeared in
either of the Badgers' first two games. He has played in 36 career games,
including 14 last season.
Green Bay hosts Eastern Illinois in its home opener Saturday.
Wisconsin visits Marquette on Friday.
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