Five Takeaways from Wisconsin's 82-70 Win Over UW-Oshkosh

Five Takeaways from Wisconsin's 82-70 Win Over UW-Oshkosh

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Five Takeaways from Wisconsin's 82-70 Win Over UW-Oshkosh

1, Disciplined Basketball

After a year of uncharacteristic sloppiness with the ball, averaging 10.7 turnovers per game, Wisconsin showed steps in the right direction with only eight turnovers (four in each half). The Badgers limiting their fouls, committing only 15, is another good sign for this team that they are maturing and buying into the Wisconsin brand of basketball. In order for this team to have success, they need to limit unforced errors like they did Friday night.

2, Big Ten Player of the Year?

Ethan Happ picked up where he left off last season. He posted a very solid stat line of 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in 23 minutes. He asserted his dominance down low and also knocked down some free throws as well (2-for-2). If Happ can hit his freebies at the line this year at an efficient rate, expect him to be on the shortlist for the best player in the conference.

3, Spreading the Wealth

We know that Happ can fill up a box score, but what can the supporting cast do to help win games? Having three other individuals score in the double digits is a great sign for Wisconsin that they have versatility offensively. Guys like Brad Davison (16), Khalil Iverson (13) and Nate Reuvers (11) all showed that they can be called on to put points up during the season.

4, Three-Point Shooting Woes Continue

Having the only rotational player shoot over 36 percent from distance last year hurt the Badgers’ ability to stretch the floor. That player was Aleem Ford (40.9 percent), so having Wisconsin announce earlier this week that the sophomore would be out for an extended period of time after undergoing knee surgery was a major blow. UW was just 4-for-16 from 3-point range and no player made more than one. Head coach Greg Gard needs guys like Brevin Pritzl, Davison and D’Mitrik Trice to spread the floor and knock down long-range shots this year. The Badgers need a player they can count on to make a big shot in the clutch.

5, Knocking the Rust

Kobe King and Trice saw their 2017-18 season end after only 10 games a year ago, bad news that it took significant pieces out of the guard rotation and good news that they didn’t lose a year of eligibility. King played 23 minutes off the bench, scoring nine points (4-for-6) and adding one assist, one steal and no turnovers. The redshirt freshman showed just enough last year to get fans excited about him and he did the same Friday night. Trice’s night ended a little differently. While he scored nine points (3-for-8) and added four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one turnovers, Trice rolled his ankle and had to hobble to the locker room. Gard said the injury doesn’t appear serious but it is a situation that certainly had to give plenty of people pause after the starting point guard’s foot injury a year ago.

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