Florida made a valiant try at a comeback, but the Wisconsin Badgers held on with clutch shooting late to win at home, 59-53. Traevon Jackson iced it for the home team with a shot clock-beating jumper to finish with 13 points.
Sam Dekker had 16 to lead the victorious Badgers, who controlled the game with rebounding from their smallest players. Ben Brust had 10 points and nine boards at 6'1", while the 6'2" Jackson grabbed seven rebounds of his own.
For Florida, Michael Frazier II had the hot hand, scoring 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting. The Gators came on strong late in the second half with full-court pressure and improved play in the post—Will Yeguete and Patric Young combined for 16 points after an invisible start—but it was too little, too late.
Gators point guard Kasey Hill fouled out late in this game, a problem that really accentuated the hole left in Billy Donovan's roster by his three suspended upperclassmen: PG Scottie Wilbekin and transfers Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith.