MADISON, Wis. - Now, the Maryland Terrapins know how the rest of the Big Ten feels.
Wisconsin is undefeated against its conference rivals at the Kohl Center in the past three seasons, and beating the 25th-ranked Badgers on their home court was more than the 12th-ranked Terps could handle last night.
Looking for a follow-up to their near flawless effort in a 23-point victory over Memphis on Friday, the Terps instead were overwhelmed both by the environment and by the Badgers' sophomore forward Alando Tucker in a 69-64 loss.
Tucker scored 27 points as the Badgers survived a frantic rally by Maryland in Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge game before a sellout crowd at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers (3-1), who have lost just twice in 48 home games since Bo Ryan became their coach three seasons ago, improved their home winning streak to 31 games, the second longest streak in the country. The win was particularly satisfying for a Badgers team that was routed by Pepperdine on Saturday.
It was also the Big Ten's first win in the challenge as ACC teams prevailed in the first four games with four more games on tap today.
The Terps (3-1) never appeared comfortable as their pressure created some turnovers but not enough to overcome subpar shooting games by their top scorers, John Gilchrist and Nik Caner-Medley. They weren't exactly at full strength either.
Junior forward Travis Garrison, the team's leading rebounder who also led Maryland with nine first-half points, injured his left knee late in the first half. He started the second half, but was forced to the locker room two minutes in.
Caner-Medley was on the bench for the latter stages of the first half because of foul trouble. Chris McCray suffered the same fate as he picked up his third foul and went to the bench not long after Garrison.
Still, the Terps, who trailed by as many as nine in the first half after not being able to stop Tucker, tied the game at 48 with 8:10 remaining on a Garrison layup as sophomore Ekene Ibekwe would emerge as the team's go-to-guy in the second half.
But they never could get over the hump. Zach Morley scored on a putback and then senior Sharif Chambliss, who didn't start the game but gave Gilchrist fits throughout, drained a three to give the Badgers a five-point lead.
On two straight trips down the floor, Gilchrist would miss the front ends of one-on-ones. Morley wouldn't as his four straight free throws pushed the Badgers' lead to 59-52 with 2:40 to play.
Still, the Terps, showing the same never-say-die attitude that they displayed last year in winning the ACC Tournament, got a three-pointer from McCray and then a dunk by Ibekwe to cut it to two with 1:53 to play. Ibekwe, who also had 12 rebounds, had 15 of his team-high 21 points in the second half before fouling out in the last minute.
After Morley missed a free throw with 16 seconds left, the Terps trailed only by three, but Caner-Medley was stripped of the ball attempting a three-pointer. Morley then put the game away with two free throws.
The crowd was deafening from the start, reacting passionately to nearly every call and to every Maryland miss or every Wisconsin make, and the Badgers' 6-foot-5 forward Alando Tucker gave them plenty to cheer about.
The sophomore scored 16 of his team's first 20 points and 20 in the first half as Maryland coach Gary Williams tried just about everything to slow him. Caner-Medley started on him, but Tucker was able to beat the Terp to the basket.
Freshman James Gist then took his turn with little success. Williams turned to his best defender, Strawberry, but Tucker drove around him, earning a trip to the foul line. Later, Mike Jones tried his hand with mixed results.
Tucker almost single-handedly staked the Badgers to an early lead and then he would get plenty of help. Ray Nixon and Chambliss hit consecutive three-pointers and the Badgers jumped out to a 32-23 lead with 6:02 left in the half.
Terps' results, schedule
Date Opponent Result/Time
Nov. 19 Jackson State W, 93-57
Nov. 23 Mercer W, 93-67
Nov. 26 vs. Memphis-a W, 84-61
Nov. 30 at Wisconsin-b L, 69-64
Dec. 4 vs. George Mason-c 1 p.m.
Dec. 5 vs. Michigan State 12:30/3 p.m.
or George Washington-c
Dec. 12 UNC-Asheville 1 p.m.
Dec. 19 Florida State 6 p.m.
Dec. 23 American 8 p.m.
Dec. 28 Liberty 8 p.m.
Jan. 4 Mount St. Mary's 8 p.m.
Jan. 8 at North Carolina Noon
Jan. 11 at Wake Forest 9 p.m.
Jan. 15 Temple 2 p.m.
Jan. 19 Virginia 9 p.m.
Jan. 23 N.C. State 6 p.m.
Jan. 26 at Duke 9 p.m.
Jan. 30 Georiga Tech 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 at Clemson 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 at Miami 3 p.m.
Feb. 8 Virginia Tech 9 p.m.
Feb. 12 Duke 9 p.m.
Feb. 16 at N.C. State 9 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Virginia 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Clemson 8 p.m.
Feb. 27 North Carolina 5:30 p.m.
March 5 at Virginia Tech 4 p.m.
March 10-13 ACC tournament TBA
a-Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at Springfield, Mass.; b-ACC/Big Ten Challenge; c-BB&T; Classic at Washington.