Wisconsin basketball is entering February right in the thick of the Big Ten title race. It is familiar territory for Wisconsin Badgers forward Tyler Wahl, who has two conference championships under his belt. With those accolades already to his name, Wahl entered his fifth season in Madison on the verge of smashing program records.
Before the season started, BadgerNotes looked at where Wahl stood among program greats. With his longevity, Wahl was on the verge of breaking into the top 10 of several statistical categories. With a victory over Michigan State on Friday, Wahl found himself in elite company and with a chance to break an impressive record.
Tyler Wahl Reaches 100 Wins – But He’s Not Finished
Wahl has appeared in 100 wins with Wisconsin basketball. The 2022 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention is one of only seven Wisconsin Badgers to reach that mark. Theoretically, Wahl could catch the record holder Josh Gasser – who appeared in 117 victories at UW. It would, however, require quite a miraculous run by the Badgers with only 11 regular season games – plus postseason play – remaining.
Career win No. 💯 for Tyler Wahl@tjwahl01 is one of only seven Badgers to have appeared in 100 wins
117 — Josh Gasser
115 — Nigel Hayes
114 — Frank Kaminsky
114 — Bronson Koenig
101 — Brad Davison
100 — Joe Krabbenhoft
100 — Tyler Wahlpic.twitter.com/lGEpCuO4t1
— brandon harrison (@brandonharrison) January 27, 2024
The more likely mark Wahl could surpass with his longevity is the record for appearances in a Wisconsin basketball game. That record, set by Brad Davison with 161 games, felt unbreakable when it was set, but Davison’s fellow Minnesotan is in striking distance.
Wahl has appeared in 146 games at UW. Barring injury, he will finish the regular season at 157. Add in two wins in postseason play, and the former three-star prospect will have forced a tie. Anything above that, well, that record will likely stand the test of time. Barring another global pandemic, of course.
Wisconsin Basketball Has Another Rebounding Great: Tyler Wahl
One underrated aspect of Wahl this season is his effort on the offensive glass. He is up to 43 offensive rebounds on the season and is getting more offensive rebounds per minute than any other season in his career. In conference play, Wahl has only grabbed more offensive rebounds per minute during his freshman season.
Given his longstanding rebounding prowess, it should not be that shocking to see this breakout offensive performance by Wahl. He is ascending up the record books in offensive, defensive, and total rebounds for Wisconsin basketball. In those three categories, Wahl only finds himself outside the top 10 in total rebounds. With just another four boards, Wahl will crack the top 10 in that stat, too.
Wisconsin Basketball Is Primed for Deep Run in March
Thanks to a combination of experience, high-level talent, and team identity, this Wisconsin Badgers team is among the best in recent memory. Wahl certainly is more focused on wins than his individual statistics, but when the dust settles on this season, regardless of how it ends, the Lakeville North product will have cemented his place in program history.
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