Wisconsin will have different look as star Bronson Koenig recovers from injury

Wisconsin grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and Maryland was only able to secure five.

That's exactly what the Badgers hoped would happen with Koenig sidelined by an injury that has been plaguing him for more than three weeks.

Over the past five games, Wisconsin has lost only once but its effectiveness obviously waned as Koenig fought through the injury that initially occurred in the January 28 Rutgers game and then was aggravated the next time out against IL. Zak Showalter, who did yeoman work defending Derrick Walton Jr., added eight points.

The Badgers (21-5, 10-3) aren't in a hole but they are now tied for first in the league with Purdue (21-5, 10-3) and Maryland (22-4, 10-3).

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Trimble, who had celebrated one of the best moments of his career in this arena with a game-winning three-pointer last season, kept Maryland within striking distance.

It was a tale of two halves for the Terps, who held Wisconsin (22-5, 11-3) to a 28 percent clip from the field in the first half while shooting.500 from the floor through the game's first 20 minutes.

In the four games before Koenig was injured against Rutgers, he shot 57.7 percent on 3-pointers and the rest of the team shot 38.8 percent. "I've got to help myself ... whether that is getting an assist or knocking down a shot".

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Wisconsin, which had won 17 of 19 against U-M entering the game, threatened to break the game open by starting the half on a 7-0 run. First, two Tuesdays ago, UM kicked rival Michigan State 86-57. However, it would have required a near-perfect second half, as Wisconsin came out scorching hot. Senior Vitto Brown missed all five of his shots and finished with no points and two rebounds in 18 minutes. But Maryland kept the edge with a swarming defensive effort, making everything hard for Wisconsin's star junior Happ and benefiting from the early foul trouble on senior guard Zak Showalter, who picked up his third foul with just over two minutes remaining before half after barreling over Trimble. Redshirt freshman guard Brevin Pritzl looked like he had answered at least one of those with a three of his own in the waning seconds, but his shot came just a split second after the shot clock expired and was waved off.

The final seven points of that run were a 4-point play by junior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and a 3-pointer by Irvin.

Despite the game being very back and forth, Wisconsin faced their biggest deficit of the year going into halftime down six points, 33-27. However, that was as close as the Terps would get down the stretch. I know the Badgers are having issues with Injuries. "So I think what we did was the smart thing to do".

Men's basketball: Badgers' eight-game win streak comes to an end against NorthwesternIt was bound to happen. With just four games to go before the conference tournament, Wisconsin can lock down a double-bye with wins against the Buckeyes and Spartans.

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