Wisconsin's vaunted defense did its job, holding Mississippi to its lowest point total of the year.
It was the suspect offense that failed. The Badgers put up 59 shots against Ole Miss on Friday but made only 15 of them. So Bo Ryan's team headed home after a 57-46 loss that snapped a six-year string of first-game wins for one of the NCAA's most consistently successful programs of the past 15 years.
''A lot of times with a good team like that, things will spiral away from you,'' said Sam Dekker, who had 14 points and was the only Badger in double figures. ''They just outworked us in the last 8 or 9 minutes, really took it to us, and we didn't know how to handle it.''
Marshall Henderson, Mississippi's flamboyant guard, missed 12 of his first 13 shots and was 0 for 6 from 3-point land when he finally connected for a long 3-pointer. Then he remained unusually stoic and businesslike while scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half and leading the Rebels to a 57-46 victory.