UW vs. Northwestern

Wisconsin Badgers forward Ethan Happ is guarded by Northwestern Wildcats guard Jordan Ash in the first half of the Badgers' 60-52 loss to the Wildcats on Feb. 1, 2018, at the Kohl Center in Madison. 

STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL

Illusionist JP Wilson delivered on a performance that the Badgers billed as “unforgettable.” While the halftime show began with fairly run-of-the-mill illusions, Wilson first got the crowd’s attention by pulling out a Badgers flag.

As the act continued, the Oklahoma-based Wilson confined his assistant within a small box before piercing the box with spikes. The illusion seemed very straight forward until the assistant emerged from the box followed by a member of the University of Wisconsin Cheerleaders. The reveal drew a surprised reaction from many in the crowd.

“Netflix Night” falls flat

Thursday night’s game was advertised as “Netflix Night,” where UW students were encouraged to dress as a character from their “favorite binge-worthy Netflix series.” However, few students appeared to play along with the promotion. 

This was the second consecutive Badgers men’s basketball home game that saw few students embrace the opportunity to dress up in costume. Monday's game against Nebraska was "Superhero Night."

Tommy Ensemble performs national anthem

Madison’s Tommy Ensemble performed the national anthem before Thursday night’s game. The ensemble of high-school singers is slated to perform again in Madison on Sunday, March 11 at the Overture Center. The Ensemble Cabaret performance will include classic and contemporary music.

Tickets for the performance, which is at 6:30 p.m. in Overture’s Promenade Hall, are available for $25 through the Overture Center’s website.

Sign-making station

The BMO Harris Bank sign-making station outside of section 115 drew a long line of UW students before the game.

Students could enter their signs in a contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card by posting a picture of their sign on Twitter and tagging the post @GratefulRedUW.

Students at Thursday’s game could also enter to win a $50 Pick N’ Save gift card through the Grateful Red by sharing their best photos from the game on Twitter.

Some of the signs spotted at Thursday night’s game included “Too short to watch this sport” and “Brevin was in my physiology lab,” in reference to Badgers guard Brevin Pritzl.

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