Grading No.22 Wisconsin's 59-52 Loss To Minnesota

Grading No.22 Wisconsin's 59-52 Loss To Minnesota

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Grading No.22 Wisconsin's 59-52 Loss To Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. – Analyzing the game and handing out the grades from Wisconsin’s 59-52 loss to Minnesota Thursday night.

Offense: D-

After making only six field goals on 26 attempts during the first half, Wisconsin rebounded to shoot 14-for-22 (63.6 percent) from the field in the second half. It wasn’t enough for Wisconsin to make a comeback, as the Badgers finished 20-for-48 (41.7 percent) from the field.

It is difficult to come back after scoring only 14 first-half points, especially considering how cold the Badgers got after making three of their first five attempts. After taking a 6-2 lead, the Badgers missed their next eight shot attempts. Wisconsin’s first six points all came in the paint, but in the 9 minutes, 3 seconds Wisconsin went without a field goal, allowing Minnesota to take the lead for good, the Badgers stopped feeding the post consistently. Over Wisconsin’s scoring drought, five of the eight missed field goals came from 3-point range and only one shot was attempted from the paint, a missed layup by Brad Davison (four points).

After UW strung together points on consecutive possessions, an anomaly at that point, UW shot 1-for-10 from the field over the last 7:15 of the first half. Once again Wisconsin went away from trying to attack the paint, as six of the Badgers’ last 10 attempts in the first half came from 3-point range, with only one attempt in the paint.

What changed for Wisconsin in the second half was the Badgers started to make a more concentrated effort of getting the ball to the rim, a reason why Ethan Happ and Nate Reuvers were the lone Badgers to score in double figures. Happ registered 11 of his team-leading 17 points in the second half and Reuvers registered nine of his 12 points after halftime, as they combined to shoot 8-for-12 from the field. Overall Wisconsin finished with 28 points in the paint.

Minnesota’s interior defense has two talented players in Jordan Murphy and Daniel Oturu who have demonstrated the capability of either blocking shots or being able to limit opposing offenses to one shot per offensive possession. Despite Minnesota failing to register a block and with Murphy and Oturu dealing with foul trouble in the second half, the Badgers failed to come up with the second chances they needed when they were playing catch up. Minnesota limited the Badgers to just two offensive rebounds and two second-chance points.

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