Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Coppin State

Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Coppin State

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Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Coppin State

Offense: A

Ethan Happ couldn’t have asked for a better start to his senior season, becoming the second player in Wisconsin history to register a triple-double (Josh Gasser) when he finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists.

Coppin State head coach Juan Dixon said during his postgame press conference that he wanted to take away Happ’s post touches. Although Dixon was successful in his plan, Happ’s ability to distribute the ball led to seven first-half assists and Wisconsin’s inability to miss from three allowed them to build the lead it needed.

Overall Wisconsin shot 12-for-32 (37.5 percent) from three but in the first half, thanks to D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl, the Badgers seemingly couldn’t miss in shooting 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from beyond the arc. Trice’s hot shooting from three in the first half allowed him to set a new career high in scoring by halftime, as 15 of his 17 first-half points came from the perimeter on his way to scoring a game-high 21 points. Pritzl was second with 16 points (4-for-7) off the bench, as Trice and Pritzl combined to shoot 9-for-16 from three.

Wisconsin shooting well from the perimeter in the first half allowed the offense to not have to rely on Happ to consistently make plays around the basket. As a result, UW only scored 14 points in the paint. Due to Coppin State trying to take away Happ, other players stepped up for Wisconsin, as the other three starters – Brad Davison, Khalil Iverson, and Nathan Reuvers – all scored at least seven points. Overall Wisconsin shot 25-for-61 (41 percent) from the field.

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