No. 22 Wisconsin knew that traveling to take on No. 10 Florida in just the second game of the season was no easy task. Get handed a 74-56 defeat on the road to the Gators, the Badgers found out a lot about where they currently stand on the national scale.
Murphy torched Wisconsin's defense with 24 points, while not missing a shot the entire game. (Photo by Steve Johnson / GatorBait Magazine)
The Badgers gave themselves little help Wednesday, allowing the Gators to shoot 61.9 percent from the field, while shooting just 35.6 percent themselves. Florida also outrebounded Wisconsin by a wide margin of 40-21 on the evening as well.
Florida Senior Forward Erik Murphy torched Wisconsin with 24 points while going a perfect 10-10 from the field, and 2-2 from the free throw line.
"I don't hang my players out, but the thing that we work on, they did the opposite," Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan said about defending Murphy and the Gators. "It was younger guys, who need to learn--It was a great experience for them now, because they know why we do things the way we do them.
"We showed a weakness in that area, that we have to get better."
The Badgers were led by Senior Forward Jared Berggren and Freshman Forward Sam Dekker, each with 11 points. The offensive onslaught by the Gators was just too much for Wisconsin to handle, as the Badgers never got within 12 in the second half.
"When it got to the teens the second time, it was very tough for this group to come back," Ryan explained. "We're not quite ready for that yet.
"I thought some of the things we were doing gave them problems, problem is when they did get open, they didn't miss."
Wisconsin drops to 1-1 on the season and for Ryan and the Badgers, they'll use the disappointing loss as a teaching tool moving forward.
Ryan said tonight's loss will serve as a teaching tool moving forward. (Photo by Steve Johnson / GatorBait Magazine)
"We're on the road, first time for these guys," said Ryan. "This where you have to pay your dues."
Wisconsin hosts Cornell on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 5:00 PM Central.