Grading Wisconsin's 84-80 Overtime Loss To Purdue

Grading Wisconsin's 84-80 Overtime Loss To Purdue

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Grading Wisconsin's 84-80 Overtime Loss To Purdue

MADISON, Wis. – Analyzing the game and handing out the grades from Wisconsin’s 84-80 overtime loss to Purdue at the Kohl Center Friday night.

Offense: D+

Turnovers and missed free throws.

Similar to Wisconsin’s last home loss to Minnesota, the Badgers struggled to take care of the ball, committed a season-high 17 turnovers and went 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from the charity stripe. The Badgers gave themselves a chance to win the game, thanks to D’Mitrik Trice hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the final 22 seconds of regulation to force overtime, but Wisconsin’s offense couldn’t figure out a way to win with the extra five minutes, especially when committing three turnovers.

One of the overtime miscues came on Wisconsin’s opening offensive possession by Ethan Happ, which led to a Grady Eifert layup. The next two came on consecutive possessions with Wisconsin up 79-78. Brevin Pritzl was responsible for the first, causing Happ to commit a foul off of the steal by Ryan Cline, who went 1-for-2 from the line. On Wisconsin’s ensuing offensive possession, it was Happ who was responsible for the miscue, leading to two free throws by Eifert to give Purdue an 81-to-79 lead with 38 seconds to play.

The Badgers committed more turnovers (two) than scored points (one) on their final five possessions, as Purdue closed out the last 15 seconds by going 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Happ was one of three Wisconsin players to reach double figures, scoring 31 points on 14-for-17 shooting from the field. In addition, Happ sparked the offense with leading the team in rebounds (13) and assists (6). Unfortunately, he also led UW with eight turnovers, as Purdue cashed in UW’s 17 turnovers into 20 points.

Trice finished the game with 17 points and went 4-for-7 from 3-point range, but the sophomore went 0-for-7 on two-point shots and missed an opportunity of cashing in at the free throw line after being fouled on a 3-point attempt in overtime. Instead of hitting all three to give UW a 78-77 lead, he went 2-for-3 from the line.

Brad Davison was third with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, be he too struggled from the free throw line, missing two technical free throws in the first half.

Overall, Wisconsin shot 30-for-56 (53.6 percent) from the field and 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from the perimeter.

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