Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wisconsin Powers Past Marquette

Wisconsin was too big for Marquette Saturday afternoon at the Bradley center. The Golden Eagles did all they could to get Jon Leuer in early foul trouble, but Jordan Taylor and Keaton Nankivil stepped up big for the Badgers. When Leuer was in, he made things look real easy. The thing I found most strange about this game was it looked like Marquette was trying to attack the hoop, and Wisconsin was settling for the outside shot. The big thing was offensive rebounds, as Wisconsin was able to grab 15 of them. I really think if Marquette could have done a better job on the boards they could have won this game.

I'm not sure I agree with the way Wisconsin played this game. Everyone knew that Wisconsin had the size advantage, but they still would take a deep shot very early in the shot clock. I could see if the shot clock was running low, and they were forced to take the deep shot. That was not the case most of the time as they would shoot it with tons of time left on the play clock. They were still able to win the game, so I can't criticize how they played that much. It was just a different strategy than I've seen from Bo Ryan in the past.

Marquette on the other hand had no one really step up in this one. Darius Johnson-Odom was 1-9 from the field. This team needs to force turnovers, and then capitalize from those turnovers. They just don't seem to have a lot of flow in their half court offense. They tried to drive to the hoop, but they were just to small to do that in this game. I'd like to see them attack the hoop more, but I think they realized Wisconsin was just too big for that to go in Marquette's favor.

Here on some of the main stats from this 69-64 Wisconsin win.

* Jordan Taylor had his second straight solid game for the Badgers. He finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. I think he will be the X-factor for this team. If he can play well this team can do some damage.

* Jon Leuer is the real deal. He finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He will always be one of the top scores on this team, or else odds are Wisconsin won't be winning too many games.

* Wisconsin was 6-19 from beyond the arc. I think that many shots is kind of high for them, but they were able to get some rebounds off of them so it all worked out.

* Only Jimmy Butler and Dwight Buycks scored in double figures. Butler had 15 points, while Buycks had 13. Marquette is more of a complete team where they really don't have one scorer, but Crowder and DJO were nowhere to be found.

* Speaking of MU, going 16-22 from the free throw line was the only thing that keep them in this game.

It was the game I thought it would be on the scoreboard, but the way each team got there was strange. Either way clearly the better team won this game, and Marquette was lucky for it to be that close at the end. Wisconsin should have put them away when they had they had a nice lead. Closing out games seems to be something Wisconsin needs to work on.

Marquette is now 7-3 on the season, and will play Centenary on Saturday. Must be finals week or something.

Wisconsin on the other hand improved to 8-2 on the season, and will continue their series against in-state teams when they host UW-Green Bay on Monday night.


Unknown said...

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