Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 78-58 win over Oklahoma

Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 78-58 win over Oklahoma

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Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 78-58 win over Oklahoma

1, D’Mitrik “Steph Curry” Trice

Coming into the game against Oklahoma, Trice was hitting 52 percent of his shots from behind the arc. He did nothing on Thursday but boost his efficiency. Hitting his first seven 3-pointers, Trice finished 7-for-8 from the perimeter, propelling an offense that didn’t knock down a three until the last minute of the second half against Stanford. Not only did he knock down big shots, but he also did a great job of drawing in defenders to distribute to others. He got Kobe King going early, as the redshirt freshman knocked down three 3-pointers for himself. Trice finished with a career-high 25 points, the third time this season he’s set a new career.

2, Ethan Happ Showcases Versatility

After struggling for most the game offensively, Ethan Happ continued to make his presence felt on the floor. Not only is Happ a great rim protector, his ability to see the floor from down low is unprecedented. For the majority of the game, Oklahoma either had weak side help on Happ or immediately doubled when he got a touch. Happ made the Sooners pay multiple times for doubling by dishing out five assists, making a noticeable impact on a game where he only scored two points in the first half. What is also noticeable this year is the leadership role that Happ has taken on. He has provided the energy needed in these games thus far and has been vocal as well.

3, Creating Extra Possessions

The Badgers made sure Oklahoma earned every basket they got. Brad Davison especially played tenacious defense, getting three steals and should have been awarded a charge or two that were called blocks. Wisconsin created 15 turnovers against Oklahoma that turned into 13 points.

4, King-Sized Contributions

Hitting a 3-pointer in the final minute Wednesday, Kobe King represented the only bench points (and only three) scored by Wisconsin against Stanford. That wasn’t the case against the Sooners, as the redshirt freshmen dropped a career-high 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He hit three 3-pointers in 26 minutes and his eight points in the first half helped UW hold a 31-28 lead. With the knee injury that limited him to 10 games last year squarely in his past, King’s play adds another weapon.

5, Team Chemistry

Through the first five games this year, it is clear the Badgers are understanding how to play together. The energy they have brought to the floor and the chemistry between the players is evident, a big reason for their success early on. There’s no selfishness on the court and it’s obvious that this team is back on the national map after last season’s shortcomings.

 

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