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Connor Essegian Breaks Wisconsin Badgers Freshman 3-point Record



Wisconsin Badgers shooting guard Connor Essegian
Jan 25, 2023; College Park, Maryland, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Connor Essegian (3) follows through on a three point shot during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers freshman sharpshooter Connor Essegian made history Sunday afternoon on the road in Ann Arbor.

The 6-foot-4 guard became UW’s new record holder for three-pointers made in a season for a freshman. The record was broken after he hit a three-point basket with just over 15 minutes left in the second half against rival Michigan. The previous record of 60 was set by guard Brad Davison back in 2018.

The most impressive part of this all is that Essegian still has a number of games left to build on the record. The Indiana native has averaged 11.5 points per game and shot 40.3 percent from the three-point line over the year. This is all while boasting one of the prettiest jumpers in the country.

The record took a little longer to break than most imagined, actually, after an unexpected 0-for-7 from deep in the 58-57 loss against Rutgers, and only hitting two from deep in the win over Iowa on Wednesday. Essegian followed the performance up without any threes in the first half against the Wolverines.

Outlook the Rest of the Way

Essegian was in double figures early in the second half against Michigan and was called on a lot after Chucky Hepburn left with a lower-body injury. With just two more games on their docket before the Big 10 Tournament, the Matchup was an important one as they jockey for a spot in March.

The Wisconsin Badgers host Purdue for senior night this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. before another Big 10 test on the road against Minnesota. A rather daunting stretch with their backs against the wall if you ask me.

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