#55 Wisconsin Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Wisconsin Badgers
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #55
Conference Rank: #9 Big Ten
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Wisconsin is notoriously one of the most experienced teams in the country on a yearly basis, but this season that’s not necessarily the case. Brad Davison is back for his fifth season, but all four other starters elected not to return for their extra year of eligibility. Only two other rotation players return from last season, so the Badgers will be uncharacteristically relying on transfers and freshmen. Wisconsin still has one of the more reliable systems in the country, having only missed one NCAA Tournament since 1999.

2020-21 Record: 18-13, 10-10
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Greg Gard
Coach Record: 119-70 at Wisconsin, 119-70 overall
Key Departed Players:
D’Mitrik Trice, Guard, 13.9 ppg
Micah Potter, Forward, 12.5 ppg
Aleem Ford, Forward, 8.7 ppg
Nate Reuvers, Forward, 8.3 ppg
Trevor Anderson, Guard, 3.1 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Brad Davison, Senior, Guard, 10.0 ppg
Jonathan Davis, Sophomore, Guard, 7.0 ppg
Tyler Wahl, Junior, Forward, 5.2 ppg
Ben Carlson, Sophomore, Forward, 2.9 ppg
Steven Crowl, Sophomore, Center, 0.7 ppg
Jordan Davis, Sophomore, Guard, 0.6 ppg
Key New Players:
Lorne Bowman, RS Freshman, Guard
Chucky Hepburn, Freshman, Guard
Chris Hodges, Freshman, Forward
Markus Ilver, Freshman, Forward
Matthew Mors, Freshman, Forward
Jahcobi Neath, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Wake Forest
Chris Vogt, Senior, Center, Transfer from Cincinnati
Brad Davison, Jonathan Davis and Tyler Wahl are the only players returning who averaged double-digit minutes played last season. Davison is back for his fifth season at the disdain of Big Ten fans everywhere. Davison averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals last season. Jonathan Davis didn’t start any games as a freshman, but looks primed to breakout as a sophomore. Davis averaged 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in just 24.3 minutes per game last season. Tyler Wahl did start 18 games as a sophomore, but Wisconsin will need more production from him this season. Wahl averaged just 5.2 points per game last season. Ben Carlson, Steven Crowl and Jordan Davis are also all back after spending most of their freshman seasons on the bench. Carlson was a four-star prospect out of high school and should get a chance to show his talent with Potter and Reuvers graduated. The addition of Chris Vogt will also help the Badgers’ frontcourt. Vogt is a fifth year senior who spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati. Vogt averaged 11.0 points and 1.6 blocks as a junior, but just 5.0 points and 1.1 blocks last season. Jahcobi Neath is a transfer from Wake Forest who averaged 4.7 points in 17.4 minutes per game over the last two seasons. Lastly, Wisconsin welcomes five freshmen, all of which were three-star prospects. The Badgers have always been more of a system-focused team over individual talent, so the lack of returning production isn’t completely alarming. However, there are a lot of question marks on the roster and the Big Ten is a behemoth of a conference, so expectations should be tempered for this season.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.9 (204th in nation, 10th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.6 (41, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.5 (248, 11)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.2 (114, 9)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.7 (51, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.4 (55, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 76.8 (29, 2)
Rebound Margin: -1.4 (231, 10)
Assists Per Game: 13.4 (155, 13)
Turnovers Per Game: 9.0 (1, 1)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#124 Chucky Hepburn
#138 Markus Ilver
#146 Chris Hodges
#150 Matthew Mors