NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig Out Versus Michigan Due To Leg Strain

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/17/17 01:01AM EST

In NCAA Basketball news, Wisconsin suffered its second consecutive defeat Thursday falling to Michigan, 64-58. In the loss, the Badgers were missing the services of senior guard Bronson Koenig who was out due to a strained left leg. It is still uncertain when he will play again. 

ESPN reported that this is the first time Koenig missed a game due to an injury. It was also mentioned that in his collegiate career, the only other game he sat out was because of a coach's decision and this took place during his freshman year. The Badgers are hoping he can come back on Sunday when they take on Maryland. 

Koenig is playing well this season, averaging 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. His contributions are a big factor for the team which is why Wisconsin had such a difficult time without him. Only two Badgers scored in double-digits versus the Wolverines.

Forward Ethan Happed led the team with 22 points while Kahlil Iverson added 10 off the bench. Nigel Hayes, who is one of the top scorers on the team this season, saw 33 minutes of action, but Michigan's defense did a great job limiting him to just six points. 

Guard Zak Showalter discussed the effect of Koenig's absence. He said according to the Associated Press, "Having Bronson would've been nice the last couple of minutes, we're so used to playing with him. But we got to think about our future, and his future. Now, we just have to take care of business the rest of the way and hopefully win out in this conference and get a ring."

Wisconsin's record dropped to 21-5 following the game versus the Wolverines. Losing back-to-back games is a first for the Badgers this season. However, they are still among the top three teams in the Big Ten Conference together with Purdue and Sunday's opponent, Maryland. After the Terrapins, they are again hitting the road for two games before heading back home to end their schedule. 

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