Grading No.15 Wisconsin From Its 83-76 Loss To Western Kentucky

Grading No.15 Wisconsin From Its 83-76 Loss To Western Kentucky

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Grading No.15 Wisconsin From Its 83-76 Loss To Western Kentucky

MADISON, Wis. – Analyzing the game and handing out the grades from Wisconsin’s 83-76 loss to Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, KY, Saturday afternoon.

Offense: C-

Western Kentucky’s defense was disruptive throughout the game, as they refused to allow Wisconsin’s offense to get comfortable. The Hilltoppers held Wisconsin to 45.6 percent (31-for-68) shooting from the field while finishing the game with seven blocks, particularly true freshman Charles Bassey doing a terrific job making life difficult for Ethan Happ in the post. Bassey was responsible for four blocks and was largely responsible for Happ needing 23 shots to score 20 points. Happ going 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) was his lowest field goal percentage this year, as UW’s senior too often had to adjust his shot and was made uncomfortable by the true freshman’s presence.

Brad Davison led Wisconsin with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting, while D’Mitrik Trice and Khalil Iverson each finished with 10 points. Trice, in particular, couldn’t get his shot to fall, going 4-for-12 overall and 1-for-6 from 3-point range.

With Happ struggling around the basket and Wisconsin struggling to generate a rhythm from three (6-for-21 for 28.6 percent), the Badgers suffered through a couple of scoring droughts that prevented them from pulling away from Western Kentucky.

The one scoring drought that hurt Wisconsin’s chances of winning occurred in the second half. After a made layup by Davison at the 8:26 mark cut WKU’s lead to 63-59, the Badgers didn’t make their next field goal until the 4:31 mark, going 0-for-4 from the field with a turnover. The Hilltoppers pushed the lead to 69-61 and kept the lead at least four points the rest of the game.

After registering at least 15 assists in Wisconsin’s last three games, the Badgers could only muster nine, their fewest since registering seven in their win against Rutgers. The good news is that Wisconsin didn’t hurt themselves offensively by turning the ball over at a high rate, as UW’s seven turnovers turned into 10 points for Western Kentucky. But as you’ll read shortly, UW couldn’t afford to give away possessions with the way its defense played in the second half.

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