Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 84-80 Overtime Loss To Purdue

Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 84-80 Overtime Loss To Purdue

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Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 84-80 Overtime Loss To Purdue

Five things that stood out from Wisconsin’s 84-80 loss to Purdue at the Kohl Center Friday night, the Badgers’ third loss in the last four games.

1, Friday Night Thriller

It doesn’t get better than an evenly-matched Big Ten game and two of the best players in the country going at it. Not only that, but to get free basketball with overtime, it REALLY doesn’t get any better than that. Carsen Edwards put on a show in Madison for Purdue, putting up 36 points and carrying his squad while Ethan Happ counterpunched, D’Mitrik Trice shook off another tough shooting night to his two late 3-pointers to force overtime and UW hit big shots to ignite a capacity crowd, making the game feel like March already.

2, Happ’s Big Game

Ethan Happ finished the night against Purdue with 31 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists, including 18 and seven in the first half. Not only did he post what would be a crazy box score for about anyone else in the country but him, but he had the Purdue defense on their heels working to adapt to his presence down low throughout the game. At one point, Happ had half of UW’s points (18/36), rebounds (8/16), assists (3/6) and blocks (1/2). Happ did commit a game-high eight turnovers and went 3-for-6 from the line, but Happ – who has now scored in double figures 40 straight games – did things Friday that gave his team a chance. Who knows where this team would be right now without him?

3, Costly Mistakes

If you’re looking to win a game against a tough in-conference opponent, you can’t turn the ball over twice in the last minute and a half of overtime. Wisconsin turns the ball over the second fewest amount of times in the country behind Virginia, but unfortunately those turnovers tend to come at times where they can’t afford them. The Badgers committed 17 turnovers against the Boilermakers that led to 20 points.

UW also had a size advantage inside and was beaten up inside, giving up 17 offensive rebounds and 12 second-chance points. Eleven of those boards came after halftime, resulting in another winnable game becoming a loss, a theme this season for UW. To change that trend, Wisconsin has to clean things up down the stretch in games.

4, More Energy … Eventually

For one reason or the other, the Badgers have severely lacked energy over the past couple weeks, resulting in this mini slump of losing three of the last four games. Considering how well this team started the season, the hitting of the wall is surprising. It happened again Friday with Purdue building an 11-point lead over the first 12 minutes of the first half until the Badgers started playing with some fire, going on a 16-1 run to push into the lead. When the Badgers step on the floor with that type of mentality from the start, their style of play is much more aggressive, and giving themselves a much better chance in these types of games.

5, A Spark For D’Mitrik?

After going 4-for-23 from beyond the arc in the last four contests, Trice went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and made two huge deep threes to send the game to overtime. He finished the game with 14 points. There are still some growing pains the sophomore guard is working through, as he did go 0-for-7 on two-point jump shots, but Trice’s play was a huge spark to his offense. It’s something the Badgers need more of, as too many players on their roster are simply unreliable game in and game out.

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