MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 30: Max Klesmit #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers is fouled going up for a shot during the second half of the game against the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds at Kohl Center on October 30, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball vs. Dayton

Wisconsin started the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament with a matchup against the Dayton Flyers. Dayton started the year ranked in the top 25, so a tough matchup for the Badgers. Wisconsin pulled out the win 43-42. Here are my thoughts on the game. 

Smothering Defense

If you are a fan of offense, this wasn’t the game for you. As ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg called it “a rock fight” it was spot on. Typically a play style that favored the Badgers. Wisconsin was playing fantastic defense and forcing Dayton into quick jump shots. 

At halftime Dayton had scored only 14 points, going 2/16 from three. The badgers also forced them into 10 turnovers. The defense was the reason for the 9-point lead at the half and should be a major reason Wisconsin will have success this season. 

With the game on the line, clinging on to a one-point lead Wisconsin came up with a massive stop. Led by Max Klesmit locking down Kobe Elvis on the final possession. In a game where you shoot 24% from the field and 22% from three, you better have a stellar defense on the other end. 

Bench production

A major question mark entering this season was going to be the bench production for the Badgers. Freshman Connor Essegian has answered the bell for Greg Gard. He started today scoring 11 of the Badger’s first 13 points. 

Today, Isaac Lindsey provided some impactful minutes off the bench. The former walk-on who was just granted a scholarship gave Greg Gard something to think about moving forward regarding his minutes. Lindsay scored or assisted on the last 7 points of the half for Wisconsin. At the half, the bench had 16 of the 23 points. Markus Ilver even came in the second half, kept a play alive, and knocked down two huge threes when the momentum was shifting. 

Wisconsin’s bench unit finished with 24 huge points. 

Kansas Tomorrow Morning

It doesn’t get any easier for Wisconsin as this tournament goes on. Tomorrow morning they will take on #3 Kansas. Kansas is a powerhouse and looks like a final-four contender this year. 

The Badgers will need much more from Hepburn and Wahl if they want any chance against the Jayhawks in the semifinals.

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Jan 9, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA;Wisconsin Badgers forward Tyler Wahl (5) takes a shot against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at the Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Kucin Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Forwards Preview

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Forwards Preview

The Wisconsin Badgers are set to begin their basketball season on November 7th, 2022. Wisconsin experienced some shakeups in their roster with the losses of Brad Davison and Johnny Davis.

One of the returning starters will be forward Tyler Wahl. The Badgers have limited depth in the frontcourt but have some solid options in that spot.

Let’s take a look at the forwards for the Wisconsin Badgers 2022-23 basketball season.

Tyler Wahl

Wahl heads into the season as one of the team’s leaders. The senior forward was productive last season, averaging 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Wahl has continued to make strides in his game over his three years with the program. In his senior season, he’ll be one of the most significant contributors for Wisconsin.

Wahl was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team, a testament to his outstanding play last season. Wahl is improving every year, and he’s poised to have an excellent season as one of Wisconsin’s top options.

Carter Gilmore

Gilmore is entering his third season as a Badger. He’s seen time as a contributor off the bench and will see a much more significant role this season. With limited depth at the forward spot, Gilmore will be a staple in the second unit. The 6-foot-7 forward has a knack for rebounding, and that will be crucial for providing the Badgers’ second unit with second-chance opportunities.

Gilmore saw limited reps in his first two years with the program but should handle a larger role in 2022. He’ll head into the season looking to contribute with his athleticism and defense.

Markus Ilver

Ilver heads into the season as a sophomore. The former three-star forward played in eight games last season as a true freshman. In the offseason, Ilver helped his native country of Estonia to a third-place finish in the FIBA U20 European Championship. After getting some time to compete in the offseason, Ilver could see some additional playing time this year.

While Ilver may not see much playing time, his depth will be needed. Ilver’s ability as a scorer makes him an intriguing player to watch as he develops. In his second year, he’ll have plenty of time to develop to fill a need for Wisconsin down the line.

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