Five Takeaways from No.25 Wisconsin's 53-46 loss To No.4 Virginia

Five Takeaways from No.25 Wisconsin's 53-46 loss To No.4 Virginia

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Five Takeaways from No.25 Wisconsin's 53-46 loss To No.4 Virginia

1, Unable to Control Game

One of the things that is vital to beating a team like Virginia is to not let them control the pace of the game. Like Wisconsin, the Cavaliers want to play their style and wear you down physically. The margin of error is as slim as it gets. That being said, you can’t commit 13 turnovers if you plan on winning the game, especially when Virginia’s turnovers were limited to five The Badgers also weren’t able to get the Cavs out of their comfort zone by pushing the tempo, finishing with zero fast break points.

2, Three-Point Shooting Woes

One thing Virginia did exceptionally well was run the Badgers off the three-point line, a spot the Badgers hit 14 3-pointers the afternoon before. The Badgers connected on only two of their 11 deep balls in the championship game, making it even harder to climb out of a 15-point hole against a slow tempo team. It’s evident that the Badgers are at their best when they spread the floor, but a team like Virginia and its defense will always take away an opposing team’s strength.

3, Mistakes Down the Stretch

Wisconsin cut a double-digit deficit down to five points four separate times, only to shoot themselves in the foot with missed layups, turnovers or mistakes defensively that resulted in layups for Virginia. Like I said earlier, the margin of error is minuscule, and you can’t make elementary mistakes if you plan on beating a top-5 team on the road.

4, Happ Gets No Help

Despite turning the ball over six times, including some critical ones down the stretch mentioned above, Ethan Happ posted a stat line of 22 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and 4 blocks. Outside of his scoring, no one else on the team scored more than seven points. D’Mitrik Trice struggled for the first time this year scoring only five points on 2 of 9 shooting, including missing his only two 3-point attempts.

5, Wisconsin is Legit

Already beating big-time programs like Xavier, Stanford, and Oklahoma coming into the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, Wisconsin was proving to the basketball world that they are a legit team after an underwhelming campaign in 2017. The thing is, none of those teams are Virginia. The Cavaliers has been one of the most prominent programs in the country in the last decade thanks to head coach Tony Bennett and, despite being down 15 at halftime, made a strong run to cut the lead to five with under 10 minutes remaining. Despite the loss, the three days in the Bahamas was encouraging.

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