Grading Wisconsin's 101-60 Win Over Savannah State

Grading Wisconsin's 101-60 Win Over Savannah State

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Grading Wisconsin's 101-60 Win Over Savannah State

Offense: A

As expected, Wisconsin was able to have plenty of offensive success against Savannah State. Becoming the fifth opponent to break the century mark against the Tigers, the Badgers’ 101 points were the most for the program since 2013. UW shot the lights out to finish the game 37-for-66 (56.1 percent) from the field with five players scoring in double figures.

Brad Davison, who only made two of his eight field goal attempts to begin the month, led the Badgers in scoring with 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Ethan Happ was second with 18 points, missing only one of his eight shot attempts, and his 11 rebounds gave him his ninth double-double of the season. D’Mitrik Trice and Tai Strickland each registered 14 points and Kobe King, who started in place of Khalil Iverson (lower left leg injury), registered 10 points.

Wisconsin scored its gaudy point total by either attacking the paint or generating easy catch-and-shoot opportunities from the perimeter. The Badgers finished the game with 38 points in the paint while going 16-for-34 (47.1 percent) from 3-point range, as the unit was willing to make the extra pass with a season-high 28 assists (a Kohl Center record) on their 37 made field goals. A total of nine Wisconsin players registered at least one assist, as Happ and Strickland each registered six assists.

Despite how well Wisconsin shot the ball, the Badgers became sloppy over the last 20 minutes. After only three turnovers in the first half, the Badgers committed seven turnovers in the second half, which the Tigers turned into nine of their 14 points off turnovers. Despite Strickland registering a career-high six assists, he was one of three Badgers to commit two turnovers. Nate Reuvers (seven points) and Charles Thomas (six points) were the other two players.

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