Thursday, January 25, 2007

Badgers Impressive vs. Michigan

The thing that impresses me most about the Wisconsin Badgers is their ability to win in different ways. Sometimes, they win a game by leaning on Alando Tucker or Kam Taylor for the scoring load, but more often, they get key contributions from several supporting players leading to a victory.

Last night in their 71-58 win over Michigan, Tucker got 2 quick fouls in the first half that sent him to the bench for the rest of the half (by the way, Tucker had a TOTAL of 2 fouls in 5 Big Ten games going into last night). But because this is such a veteran team and Bo Ryan's system is designed such that every player is used to handling the ball, the Badgers were able to turn an 11-9 deficit into a comfortable halftime lead. They got contributions from lots of "role" players such as Brian Butch, Marcus Landry and Travon Hughes (who I really enjoy watching on the defensive end).

While I still wish the Badgers, and Tucker in particular, were better from the free throw line, this was certainly an encouraging win for the Badgers - they seem to be able to step up their level of play as the game gets bigger. I think we learned more about Michigan than we did about Wisconsin, however. Although Michigan was 2nd in the Big Ten coming into the game, their record was built on a bunch of wins against second-division teams in the league. I think Michigan will drop back in the standings now that they're into the heart of their Big Ten schedule.

1 comment:

Nubs said...

Ok I didn't know where else to put this so I guess it will fall under the latest post. Chopp you can't catch Matt if you keep piggy backing all his picks. but I guess when you need a win that badly you will do anything. Way to pick up your first win last night.