- Wisconsin's high-scoring offense has garnered much of the attention during the school's best start in 20 years.
It was the Badgers' defense that did the hard work Wednesday night in a 48-38 victory against Virginia.
"I'm glad we won like this," Josh Gasser said. "It's about time we played that way defensively."
Gasser led all scorers with 11 points and Wisconsin limited Virginia to its lowest point total since a 77-36 loss to Connecticut on Nov. 29, 1993. The Cavaliers shot just 23 percent (11 of 47) and went 1 for 11 on 3-pointers.
And while Virginia's nationally ranked defense kept Wisconsin well off its 76.8-point average, the Badgers' defense and Virginia's inability to convert on offense made it an ugly game.
"It was so hard to get good looks, and even when you did get good looks, they were hurried," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said after earning his 300th victory with the Badgers. "That was two teams just really beating people to positions, rotating, making it difficult to get easy baskets. There weren't a lot of easy baskets in that game."
Written By: Associated Press