"Yelling isn't the only way to get a point across," Ryan said Monday. "He's been shown. He's been trying. It's in his head right now. No kidding. I didn't give you a news flash there."
For those that didn't get the bulletin, Evans is third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game, and second on the team in rebounding, averaging 7.0 boards per game. The problem, however, is the production doesn't match the output.
Evans has attempted the second-most shots on the team (109), but is shooting only 40.4 percent from the floor, .067 from three-point range and a team-worse 31.8 percent from the free-throw line. Two days after going 4-for-10 from the floor, 0-for-2 from three-point range and 1-for-9 from the free throw line, Evans and assistant coach Gary Close were in the dimly lit Kohl Center working on his routine.
"It's all part of what people go through," said Ryan. "I've mentioned it before, the shooting slumps, the batting slumps, the putting slumps -- different athletes, different sports, what people go through … Sometimes if somebody's not doing certain things mechanically, you beat yourself up. You've got different messages that your brain is sending out."
The one positive is that Evans hasn't shied away from contact. In Wisconsin's 60-50 loss at Marquette Saturday, Evans' four trips to the free throw line were a result of him driving to the paint and drawing fouls. After attempting only eight free throws in the first half, Wisconsin attempted 15 in the second half as a result of attacking the basket.
"He hasn't backed away from that because he knows he can't," said Ryan. "Being a senior and being a guy that the team is counting on."
Guard play was one of the biggest issues that handcuffed Wisconsin Saturday against Marquette's pressure defense, as eight of UW's 14 turnovers came from UW's guards. Turning the ball over three times in an ugly first half in which UW trailed 34-20 and a career-high four for the game, sophomore guard Traevon Jackson put the blame squarely on his shoulders for failing to put the offense in rhythm.
With junior guard Josh Gasser out for the season, the point guard role will partly be Jackson, who is averaging 4.4 points per game but 2.4 turnovers over the last five games.
"To pass from A to B, to get the ball from A to B, that's a performance thing," said Ryan. "That's your job within the game. And if that's not happening, then the team tends to struggle. So he's trying to not let the team struggle. So you got to like a guy that will come to practice today and get right after it again."
Considering the injuries that you guys have suffered in practice, are you guys practicing too hard? Do you consider pulling it back a little bit at all? Or is it just kind of fluke situations?
"I never heard that question. I mean, I don't even know what you're referring to. You can never go too hard. We just play. But the type of practices or anything like that, they have absolutely nothing to do with it. Did you ever play? No, I mean, it's -- you come off of screens, you run into screens. You do it -- no, I don't know how to answer that because there's no -- there's only one way to do things."
Extra Points:Bo Ryan did not have an update on senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who missed Saturday's game with a concussion … Wisconsin continues its in-state swing with a home game against Green Bay on Wednesday at 8 p.m.