Five Takeaways from No.22 Wisconsin's 79-75 Victory Over N.C. State

Five Takeaways from No.22 Wisconsin's 79-75 Victory Over N.C. State

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Five Takeaways from No.22 Wisconsin's 79-75 Victory Over N.C. State

1, Three-Point Shootout

Wisconsin has been a team that has had early success from beyond the arc this season. Connecting on 42 percent of their attempts, the Badgers entering the night ranked 22nd nationally, only a couple percentage points ahead of N.C. State at 40 percent. Both teams relied on those strengths, at one point early on in the second half going up and down the floor trading threes. After struggling from the perimeter in the loss to No.4 Virginia Friday, the Badgers won this game by going 11-for-21 from 3-point range (52.1 percent) compared to 7-for-18 (38.9 percent) for the Wolfpack. It certainly was an entertaining game to be in attendance for, as two very talented teams battled in a hard-fought ball game.

2, North Carolina State Came Prepared

After coming off a tough stretch in the Bahamas, Wisconsin didn’t get a break with the Wolfpack, which was no slouch for the entire 40 minutes and played with great intensity. A couple things that stood out was how tenacious they were in the press, and how well the hedged on high ball screens which allowed their defense to reset before the Badgers could attack. With Big Ten play beginning on Friday at Iowa, this was a great test for UW to experience.

3, Happ Couldn’t Buy One Early

Shooting 57 percent on the year, Ethan Happ has been as efficient as he has been dominant. I almost want to refrain from calling this a bad game given that he still ended up with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but he missed a lot of shots around the rim he normally makes in the first half, going 3-for-11. That’s just basketball and sometimes they don’t go your way, but Happ kept grinding and managed to go 5-for-7 in the final 10 minutes. He was sloppy with the ball for the second straight game (five turnovers), so the senior still needs to be stronger with his possessions, which can be the deciding factor in a tight game like this one was.

4, Aleem!

After seeing spot minutes in the Bahamas, especially when he wasn’t expected back until later in the year, Aleem Ford saw his first big minutes of the year and capitalized. Hitting four of his seven threes in 21 minutes, he provided a spark that kept Wisconsin alive in the second half. Ford will be huge for the Badgers throughout the year providing bench scoring.

5, Able to Overcome Statistical Discrepancies

North Carolina State outgained the Badgers in second-chance points (15-7), offensive rebounds (11-8) and total rebounds (36-30). This just shows the resolve of this Wisconsin team. Trailing 31 minutes, 51 seconds and watching the Wolfpack hit big shot after big shot, Wisconsin never quit. This is as impressive a win as Wisconsin has had this year. Shout out to Big Play Brad Davison for drawing FIVE charges in this contest. Dude is a flat out winner!

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