MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin center Jared Berggren said the troubling thing is that the Badgers keep making the same mistakes over and over.
After fixing some of them in the middle of their 65-54 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday, the Badgers now have 10 days to work out some more kinks and try to get on a roll ahead of the Big Ten season.
"We know what we are capable of as a team, and we know that we can play better than what we've shown to this point in the season," Berggren said. "There are signs of what we are capable of. Once we get that consistency down a little better, get a little more experience, get to know each other a little better, we'll get on a roll."
Coming off a deflating loss to in-state rival Marquette on Saturday, Wisconsin (7-4) started the game in a bit of a funk. Missing starter Mike Bruesewitz for a second straight game after he suffered a concussion in practice last week, they hit just four of their first 14 shots, and Green Bay (3-6) led 19-12 a little more than midway through the first half.
It was the same trouble - an offense that can sometimes go stagnant - that has plagued the Badgers in past poor performances this season.
But then things started to click, and the Badgers went on a 15-4 run to close the half. Wisconsin took its first lead of the game when Berggren took a feed from Ryan Evans down the lane, threw down a dunk and was fouled. He converted the three-point play to give Wisconsin a 25-23 lead. Freshman Sam Dekker, starting in the place of Bruesewitz, finished off the scoring for the half with a put-back of his own miss.
Green Bay coach Brian Wardle said the Phoenix needed to start the second half playing more like they did to open the first. Instead, it was the Badgers who again had the hot hand.
The Badgers hit nine of their first 12 shots, including a 12-4 run to take control of the game after back-to-back alley-oops. The first was from Ben Brust to Berggren, the second from Evans to Dekker.
The Badgers led by as many as 16, and the Phoenix cut the Wisconsin lead to single digits with just less than 8 minutes to go but would get no closer the rest of the way.