Grading Wisconsin In the Battle 4 Atlantis

Grading Wisconsin In the Battle 4 Atlantis

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Grading Wisconsin In the Battle 4 Atlantis

Offense: B

In Wisconsin’s first-round victory against Stanford, it took time for the players to adjust to playing on a unique court before finishing 42.6 percent from the field on 54 shot attempts. However, with a game under their belts in the Bahamas, the Badgers were able to shoot the ball impeccably well against Oklahoma: 47.5 percent (28-for-59) overall and 59.3 percent (16-for-27) in the second half.

The shooting against Virginia in the championship game was as expected, considering the Cavaliers were allowing their opponents to shoot an average of 39.6 percent from the field. Virginia’s tough defense got the better of Wisconsin’s offense, holding the Badgers to 43.8 percent (21-for-48) from the field. Ethan Happ was the lone Badger who could consistently generate offense, finishing with 22 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field. No other player for Wisconsin reached double figures.

Over the three days in the Bahamas, Wisconsin shot 71-for-161 (44.1 percent).

As expected, Ethan Happ was able to do Happ-like things with three double-doubles and averaging 17.3 points and 13 rebounds a contest. Outside of Happ, Wisconsin got a variety of contributors with five different players reached double figures at least once over the three days. Point guard D’Mitrik Trice scored in double figures in two of the games, finishing on a sour note against Virginia with five points (2-for-9). Despite failing to reach double digits for the first time this season and not making a three-point attempt, Trice averaged 15.3 points during the tournament. It’s not surprising both were named to the all-tournament team.

All hitting double figures once in the three games, Kobe King (7.3 ppg), Nate Reuvers (7.3) and Brad Davison (6.3) all struggled to find a consistency over the three games. Davison didn’t score against Oklahoma for only the second time in his career and his shooting struggles continued against Virginia, only registering five points as he shot 2-for-8 from the floor.

After only registering two assists vs. Stanford (season low), the Badgers were able to bounce back with 16 against Oklahoma and 13 against Virginia. Due to Wisconsin being able to work the ball around more effectively over the Badgers last two games, it allowed Wisconsin to create the shot opportunities they needed to create high-percentage looks. UW assisted on 16 of its 28 made field goals against Oklahoma and 13 of its 21 makes against Virginia. Wisconsin finished the tournament registering 31 assists to 32 turnovers.

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