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Ten takeaways from Wisconsin’s heartbreaking loss to Kansas

Wisconsin gave No. 3 Kansas everything they could handle and then a whole lot more, but in the end the fight fell 0.2 seconds short as the Jayhawks escaped with a 69-68 win.

Wisconsin fell to 4-1, but even in a loss it felt like one of the most impressive Badger basketball performances in recent memory. Trailing by 15 in the second half, the Badgers could have packed their bags but instead they went on a number of runs, the final one culminating in a three-point lead with under 20 seconds left in regulation.

Kansas made just enough key plays to escape, as a Bobby Pettiford Jr. put in an acrobatic layup with 0.2 seconds left to break Wisconsin hearts.

There were a number of impressive takeaways for Wisconsin in an impressive loss. Here is what Badger fans can take from an incredible fight in The Bahamas:

This team is not finishing 9th in the Big Ten

Nov 23, 2022; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Wisconsin Badgers forward Carter Gilmore (14) and Wisconsin Badgers forward Tyler Wahl (5) and Wisconsin Badgers forward Steven Crowl (22) celebrate after the game against the Dayton Flyers at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Where was Wisconsin picked in the Big Ten preseason poll? Way down in ninth place. This team defense, the play of Tyler Wahl, the emergence of freshman sharpshooter Connor Essegian? Wisconsin is not finishing ninth in the Big Ten.

Max Klesmit helped shut down five-star freshman Gradey Dick

Nov 23, 2022; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Wisconsin Badgers guard Max Klesmit (11) reacts during the second half against the Dayton Flyers at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more underrated pieces of Wisconsin outscoring Kansas 43-30 in the second half was Wofford transfer Max Klesmit’s defensive work off-ball. He navigated screens in a Jrue Holiday-esque fashion (alright, I’ll settle down) while holding five-star Gradey Dick to just 0-2 from the field and zero second-half points.

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