Wisconsin-Idaho State: Badgers Slip By Bengals

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IDecember 9, 2008

Admittedly, I thought this was going to be one of those Badger games where I could join sometime in the second half and watch the Badgers cruise to an easy victory. Imagine my surprise when the score was Wisconsin 41, Idaho State 40, with 10 minutes to play in the game.

Despite their 2-5 record coming into this game, Bo Ryan knew the Idaho State Bengals were not a team to be overlooked. Fresh off a win against Utah, the Bengals proved they could give 40 minutes of competitive basketball on any given night. But despite Ryan's warnings, overlooking this team is exactly what the Badgers seemed to do.

Despite the comeback efforts, the Badgers never gave in to the Bengals, even as they pulled to within one with about three seconds to play. Wisconsin has lost to below average teams at the Kohl Center before, and they weren't about to do it again on Tuesday night.

Leading the way for Bucky was Jason Bohannon, who had 18 points in the game. Marcus Landry added 14 points in the Badgers' 60-58 victory.

The Badgers improve to 56-4 in non-conference games at home under Ryan. Their next matchup is another one of those games, as they welcome UW-Green Bay this Saturday.