Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Rutgers

Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Rutgers

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Wisconsin Game Day Grades - Rutgers

Offense: B+

Wisconsin knew entering the game against Rutgers and its stingy defense that it could be difficult for them to generate the same offensive rhythm they have established in past games. It became evident early on the Scarlet Knights were going to make Wisconsin work hard on the offensive end if the Badgers were going to establish an offensive rhythm.
Rutgers held Wisconsin to two different scoring droughts in the first half, which allowed them to build a lead as many as 10 points. The first drought for Wisconsin occurred after a D’Mitrik Trice jumper that cut the Scarlet Knights lead to 16-15 with 9:26 to go in the first half, going 4:11 without the next basket. After Kobe King’s jumper cut broke the drought, the Badgers had to wait until the 2:35 mark to cut Rutgers lead to 27-19.
The momentum shifted when UW made four of its last five field goal attempts to end the first half, carrying over the strong shooting into the second half to shoot 17-for-29 (58.6 percent) from the field. Overall the Badgers shot 29-for-54 (53.7 percent) and 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) from three.
In particular, what changed for Wisconsin was they register seven assists on 17 made field goals in the second half. In the first 20 minutes, the Badgers failed to register an assist on 12-for-25 shooting from the field and committed five turnovers. Five different players for Wisconsin registered an assist in the second half, including Happ recording three.
Happ finished the game with 20 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field. Trice was second with 14 points (6-for-9) and Nate Reuvers reached double figures for the third time this season with 10 points. Reuvers was responsible for five of Wisconsin’s first nine points to begin the game. Brevin Pritzl was responsible for nine of Wisconsin’s 16 bench points and he hit all four of his free throws down the stretch to help ice the game.
Outside of Pritzl, the Badgers struggled from the charity stripe going 6-for-13. Happ went 0-for-3, which included missing both of his free throw attempts after a flagrant one was called on Eugene Omoruyi for a hook and hold. Despite Happ missing a chance to build the lead with 1:19 to play, Trice knocked down his second three of the night off the inbounds pass to give Wisconsin a 65-57 lead with 56 seconds to go.
Trice certainly has been able to hit some timely threes through the early portion of Wisconsin’s schedule. Prior to Trice’s three, the Badgers last previous made field goal came at the 9:20 mark, which was a made jumper by him. Trice’s two made 3-pointers in the second half led the team as the Badgers finished the second half shooting 4-for-8 from the perimeter.

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