IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be without one of its best offensive players Monday night when it plays No. 18 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The team announced that sophomore wing Kobe King is attending to a personal matter and did not make the trip to Iowa City. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the first to report that King, a former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball out of La Crosse Central, won’t be available when the Badgers (12-8, 5-4 Big Ten) face the Hawkeyes (14-5, 5-3).
A message left for King’s mother, Julie Platten, wasn’t immediately returned. When reached on his cell phone Monday afternoon, La Crosse Central coach Todd Fergot said he was traveling back from a tournament in Florida and hadn’t heard anything about any issues with King until an assistant coach notified him about seeing something online a few minutes earlier.
King, who is in his third year in the program, is second on the team in scoring at 10.0 points per game. He’s been a bright spot offensively, more than doubling his production from his redshirt freshman season (4.2 ppg) in 2018-19.
King scored a career-high 24 points in a win over Indiana in the Big Ten opener. He scored 21 points in a 71-70 home loss to Illinois on Jan. 8, with UW coach Greg Gard admitting in a television interview three days later that he probably should have gone to King more down the stretch in that defeat.
King has struggled knocking down shots in the past three games, going 7 of 27 overall during that stretch. He’s coming off a scoreless performance in a 70-51 loss at Purdue on Friday night.
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Word of the day
Allowed as many offensive rebounds (15) as they had total (15). That is the very definition of pathetic.— Bill Pfeiffer (@billt209) January 25, 2020
Then you aren't very old.— CVBucky (@CVBucky) January 25, 2020
Harder than it looks
Learning the hard way
Bad game against a good opponent on the road. It happens. All you can do is learn from it.— Joseph Britt (@Zathras3) January 25, 2020
Didn't miss much
Trust me... you’ve seen this game before.— Jack Pine Express (@kwzanella) January 25, 2020
At a loss for words
Literally, none whatsoever.— David Petroff (@DavidPetroff) January 25, 2020
Don't look back
Forget. Burn tape. Go forward. Seal out. Rebound. Seal out. Rebound. Seal out...— Mark Massey (@mfmass) January 25, 2020
Where have we seen this before?
Pathetic— Michael H. Hyman (@MCPSsportypsych) January 25, 2020
Here's to a better tomorrow
I’m excited for next year!— Russ Evansen (@waunaruss) January 25, 2020
Frustrating team.— Jason Schleip (@2ndMouseCapital) January 25, 2020
You are not alone
I miss Bo— Brock (@SuperDupe12) January 25, 2020
Not gonna cut it
15 points in a half. That sums it up. I have grown up loving badgers basketball but 15 points in a half with they way teams play today will not win games.— Adam Treinen (@AdamTreinen) January 25, 2020
What was that performance?— William Robinson (@Bill__Robinson) January 25, 2020
Good place to start
Rebounding would help— Matt (@mattgn084) January 25, 2020
Wis wins or dies w/ the 3-ball - tonight they died!— Peter Struck (@PeterStruck) January 25, 2020
Need to step it up
Inconsistent effort from this team.— Nathan Cravey (@njcravey) January 25, 2020
Worse than expected
Awful. Unexplainable. Thought they'd probably lose, but this is poor basketball.— Michael Sarvi (@GetGamescape) January 25, 2020
Doesn't get any easier
Same old beatdown at Mackey Arena.— Kurt Sagendorph (@ksagendo) January 25, 2020
No argument here
Can we not play on Friday nights anymore? While Im at, can we never play at Mackey again?— Ryan Roth (@RyanRoth411) January 25, 2020
As bad as the basic ones
How bad do the advanced stats look?— Micah Thingvold (@thingy7) January 25, 2020
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