Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Xavier

Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Xavier

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Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Xavier

Offense: A

After registering a triple-double in the win against Coppin State last week, Ethan Happ put together another impressive performance against Xavier, as he paced Wisconsin with 30 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field. Happ was able to consistently find ways of making plays for Wisconsin on the offensive end in one-on-one coverage by either scoring down low, keeping offensive possessions alive or registering an assist. Happ led Wisconsin with four offensive rebounds and found a way of tipping the ball back out to the perimeter to reset the offense. He also had five assists to toe for the team lead with D’Mitrik Trice.

As good as Happ was, Trice was equally impressive. After scoring a career-high 21 points in the win over Coppin State, Trice set a new career-high Tuesday with 22. Overall Trice shot 7-for-11 from the field but connected on all five of his 3-point attempts. Brad Davison was the only other UW player to score in double figures, finishing the game with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Like Trice, Davison had success from the perimeter by hitting 4 of 6 3-point shots.

Thanks to the play of Happ, Trice, and Davison, the trio was responsible for 71 of Wisconsin’s 77 points. UW quickly built a double-digit lead in the second half by connecting on its first eight shots to give Wisconsin a 48-32 lead. That hot start helped the Badgers shoot 62.1 percent (18-for-29) from the field in the second half, a big cushion that proved useful when Xavier tried to chip away at the lead late. Overall Wisconsin shot 31-for-62 (50 percent) from the field and 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from three.

Xavier trying to play catch up for most of the second half meant that Wisconsin was going to experience defensive pressure bringing the ball up the floor. Despite the defensive pressure, Wisconsin took care of the ball for a second consecutive game and finished with seven turnovers. Most importantly, Wisconsin was able to limit Xavier from cashing in on mistakes, as the Musketeers finished the game with three points off of Wisconsin’s turnovers.

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