Grading Wisconsin's 71-52 Win At Penn State

Grading Wisconsin's 71-52 Win At Penn State

Basketball

Grading Wisconsin's 71-52 Win At Penn State

MADISON, Wis. – Analyzing the game and handing out the grades from Wisconsin’s 71-52 victory over Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday night.

Offense: A-

Wisconsin’s 41.7 (20-for-48) shooting percentage against Minnesota was its lowest since its season-opening victory against Coppin State. However, the Badgers didn’t suffer through the same shooting woes against Penn State. Wisconsin finished the game 30-for-61 (49.2 percent) and used a strong second half to extend a 10-point halftime lead to as many as 24 points. In the second half, Wisconsin shot 59.3 percent (16-for-27) from the field.

Wisconsin had three players score in double figures and were led by Ethan Happ’s sixth 20-point game of the season (22 points). Brad Davison scored 14 points and Nate Reuvers added 11, as the two combined to shoot 10-for-16 from the field.

It was clear early on the Badgers were going to feed Happ in the low post. Attempting the team’s first six field goals, Happ was responsible for nine of Wisconsin’s first 12 attempts and 15 of Wisconsin’s 34 shots in the first half. Even with the large volume, Happ started 2-for-10 and UW as a team made only three of its first 12 shots.

What helped spark Wisconsin’s 26-16 run to close the half was the Badgers started to move the ball better, as Wisconsin’s 11 made field goals to end the first half (on 22 attempts) came with five assists. Happ (two assists), Khalil Iverson (two) and Charles Thomas (one) were responsible for registering the assists, as Wisconsin finished with 17 assists on 30 made field goals. D’Mitrik Trice (five points) lead the way with four.

In addition to working the ball within the offense, the Badgers finished the game with seven turnovers, leading to only four points for the Nittany Lions.

More BadgersInsider
Home