The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team has officially gotten into real game action, as they defeated the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds Sunday in an exhibition match by a score of 76-45.
The Badgers will have to replace the production of their two leading scorers from last season, as Johnny Davis took his talents to the NBA and was drafted by the Washington Wizards, and Brad Davison graduated after a long tenure as a Badger. Wisconsin does have three returning starters from last year's Big Ten regular season championship year, in Chucky Hepburn, Steven Crowl, and senior Tyler Wahl.
Those players were some of the leading scorers in the game against the Blugolds, as Crowl led the way with 14 points, and Wahl finished with 10 points. Freshman Connor Essegian is the breakout candidate for the season, as the sharpshooting guard put up 10 points as well in his first ever collegiate game action.
Former Sturgeon Bay Clipper standout guard Gunnar Tebon found himself on the floor against the Badgers for Eau Claire, as he logged 09:31 of game action while finding the bottom of the net for a three.
This game will not go on either team's record, as the Badgers season starts record wise with a home matchup against South Dakota on November 7th, before taking on Stanford in the Brew City Battle at American Family Field. For Eau Claire, they will also be at home to begin their season, as they will play host to Bethel University on November 9th.