Game Day Grades: UMKC

Through four games, No.11 Wisconsin is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 40.8 points per game, including Tuesday's 77-31 thrashing over UMKC. Badger Nation grades the Badgers' solid performance.

Offense: A-

Coming into the game, Jared Berggren was 3-for-13 when attempting threes. You would think he would lay off the three-ball for a little while. Wrong. After making all four of his attempts from the perimeter, it's safe to say he has confidence in his range. Berggren was the star offensive player for the Badgers and ended the game with 21 points, which is a career high for the big man.

The Badgers' offense did a nice job of passing the ball and getting everybody involved in the offense in some capacity. The Badgers ended up having 18 assists to eight turnovers. The offense did a nice job of shooting from the floor going 30-for-58 (51.7 percent) and making 13-for-27 (48.1 percent) on threes, as well. One area where the Badgers need to improve is at the free throw stripe. Not necessarily the amount of times that they reach the line but they have to knock down the freebies when they have the chance. Tonight they went four of eight.

Besides Berggren having a nice game, sophomore guard Ben Brust also played well. Brust ended up having 12 points coming off the bench on 5-for-9 shooting. He only made two threes but was able to show that he can drive to the basket when his long-range shots aren't falling.

Defense: A-

Wisconsin was able to hold UMKC to 31 points on 20.8 percent shooting (11-for-53), which is good even though the competition wasn't the greatest. They were also able to force UMKC into 11 turnovers.

The Badgers demonstrated active hands throughout the games, able to cut off passing lanes, steal the basketball and block six shots. They also ended up with four steals.

Berggren led the way with three blocked shots, including two on consecutive shots in the second half. Freshman Frank Kaminsky had two block shots in just nine minutes on the floor.

The other positive the Badgers did in the first half was committing only one team foul. It's nice to see the defense play with discipline and not committing stupid fouls. There all being fundamentally sound on the defensive side of the floor.

Overall: A

A win is a win and Bo Ryan should overall be pleased with what he saw from his team. The bench was able to contribute 23 points by three players - Brust had 12, Kaminsky had nine and Dan Fahey had two points, his first two in a UW uniform.

Brust logged the most minutes off of the bench playing 23 minutes. Besides scoring 12 points, Brust was able to grab six rebounds (five of which were defensive), dish out two assists and have one steal. He continued with his impressive play tonight against UMKC.

Jordan Taylor hasn't done a lot of scoring so far this year but he hasn't had to considering the competition the Badgers have faced. Still, it's a good thing he's getting use to playing with his new teammates though. Taylor ended up with nine points in the game along with six assists to only one turnover.

Kaminsky was the first freshman off the bench and had an impressive game. He scored a career-high nine points in nine minutes of work. He was able to knock down two threes and was able to knock down a difficult hook shot, as well. He still at times looks a little bit confused on the offensive end but you can tell he's becoming more comfortable.

Game MVP: Berggren. Berggren was impressive against UMKC with his 21 points. Berggren went 8-for-9 from the field and was able to move his feet well without picking up any silly fouls, which was a concern with Berggren entering this year. Berggren was able to show off a couple of post moves down low. In order for the Badgers to succeed this year Wisconsin will need Berggren to be consistent throughout the year.


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