Notes: Taylor Skills Natural, Hard Work

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan spoke in his Monday Press Conference about Jordan Taylor's court sense, a ball-screen heavy offense and responded to Jared Sullinger's alleged tweet-attack.

MADISON — After Wisconsin took down previously-undefeated and No. 1-ranked Ohio State Saturday, UW head coach Bo Ryan said after the game Jordan Taylor's decision making was "almost flawless" in the second half.

It wasn't just that the shots went in, it was the right decision to take the shots or to pass to the open teammate.

As someone who already leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, what has led Taylor to develop such a supreme court sense, that indefinable trait that makes a point guard a winner?

As with most skills in basketball, it is probably equal parts talent and hard work.

"It is about a feel and you can have an idea but you still need some preparation for the moments," Ryan said. "We did it a lot last year. We put the shot clock at 15, and then I throw the ball to one of the players and we have got to score … [it is done] for them to understand what type of shots we want when the shot clock is down because the other team is playing pretty good defense and we haven't been able to get a good look."

Taylor, who was named the conference's player of the week Monday, played 44 minutes at Iowa scoring 16 points with four rebounds and eight assists, while turning it over just two times. Taylor scored or assisted on 17 of UW's final 19 points in the comeback win. Then in Saturday's win over Ohio State, Taylor led all scorers with 27 points while adding four rebounds and seven assists to just one turnover in the win over No. 1 Ohio State. Taylor knocked down a career-high five 3-pointers and scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half when UW erased a 15-point deficit.

During UW's 30-8 run, Taylor scored or assisted 26 of those points by scoring 18 himself and using three assists to add another eight points. Taylor is just the second player in the last 14 years (since 1996-97) to post 27 points and seven assists vs. the AP No. 1 team (Dywane Wade also reached those totals in 2003 vs. Kentucky).

Ball Screen Heavy Offense

As the Badgers came back from down 15 in the second half against the Buckeyes, UW almost completely abandoned the "swing" motion offense and went to a ball-screen offense dependant on Taylor — a la Steve Nash in the NBA.

Taylor would come down the court, dribble around one or two screens, before making a decision to pass, shoot or drive.

It was an extreme example of something that has actually taken place for years.

Ryan adapts to the talent he has one hand. When Devin Harris played at Wisconsin, he was afforded similar treatment. The swing is just the base offense. From there, Ryan is likely to run all kinds of different "wrinkles", trying to get his most dangerous offensive players the ball in spots they feel comfortable with.

"For the one-millionth time, we did things differently in the swing when Alando Tucker was here because there are certain ways we wanted to get him in position to score," Ryan said. "The swing is a term, denotation … it is all part of the makeup that comes from the initial swing positions, the initial swing action."

Ryan Has No Response To Sullinger Twitter

When asked for "his take on Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger's tweet alleging a fan spit on him before and after the game at UW, Ryan responded thusly:

"There is no take. All I know is we have the greatest student body in the world," Ryan said. "And I know a lot of campuses would love to have the enthusiasm that we have here for our college teams and our support. It is all good stuff. I am standing here as somebody saying, 'we have the best students in the world.' That is all I know."

Moving Up

With wins over Iowa Wednesday and No.1 Ohio State Saturday, Wisconsin jumped three spots into the top 10 for the first time this season. UW currently sits in a tie for second place in the Big Ten with No. 11 Purdue, who the Badgers play Wednesday, with identical 9-3 records.

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