Game Day Grades: Savannah State

MADISON - With four players in double figures and holding its 10 opponent to a season low in points, No.14 Wisconsin had few problems handling Savannah State Thursday. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: B+

Coach Bo Ryan got solid production out of his starters with four scoring in double figures with Mike Bruesewitz just behind with eight points.

The Badgers definitely shot the ball well going 25 of 44 (56.8 percent) from the floor. This was one of Wisconsin's better shooting performances. Like in past games, Wisconsin didn't rely heavily on the three ball, attempting a season-low eight three-pointers.

The bench played well tonight for the Badgers, particularly Rob Wilson, who received 15 minutes and earned every minute he got. He only had three points but he was active on both sides of the floor with two defensive rebounds and one steal. He also had an assist.

Jared Berggren isn't afraid to take the three if he's open and he knocked down both attempts. It's also safe to say the same about Frank Kaminsky. If the true freshman is open, he's not afraid to shoot it, and iss definitely comfortable with his shot.

Defense: B+

The Badgers played really good defense against the Tigers, holding them to 32.6 percent shooting from the floor. They also forced the Tigers to cough up the basketball up 16 times, allowing the Badgers to get 24 points off turnovers.

UW didn't allow any of the Tigers players to reach double figures and held leading scorer Rashad Hassan to six points by getting him into foul trouble.

The Badgers contested and altered a lot of shots on a consistent basis, finishing with six blocks. Kaminsky led the way with three blocked shots and Josh Gasser added two blocks. UW also was able to register nine steals with Jordan Taylor and Duje Dukan both having two steals in the game.

Ryan Evans showed good active hands and used his length to his advantage to make sure his guy wasn't going to get an easy shot off. Including Evans, the Badgers did a good job of not committing many personal fouls, finishing with 10 on the night. The Tigers only got to the charity stripe five times making three of their freebies. Ryan has to be pleased to see his defense playing with good discipline and not committing stupid fouls.

Overall: B+

The Tigers weren't the greatest opponent but Wisconsin did its job of routing them on such a quick turn around since its last game. You could tell there wasn't a big effect on the team with such a quick turnaround between games other than a small stretch early in the second half.

Jordan Taylor, who hasn't been shooting the ball well as of late, had a better shooting night going 5 of 9 from the floor. Taylor was able to attack the basket and get some easy baskets. With only one more game left in the nonconference schedule, it's good to see Taylor get going offensively.

After having a terrific game against the Rebels, Ben Brust has struggled shooting the ball the past two games. Brust ended up with four points in 28 minutes but didn't try to force any of his shots and let the offense come to him.

The Badgers did a relatively good job of taking care of the basketball with only had seven turnovers and the bench did a nice job, as well. UW's reserves combined to score 11 points, and did the other small things that Ryan will appreciate.

Game MVP: Jared Berggren. Berggren gets the MVP honors tonight against the Tigers. He led the Badgers with 13 points went 5 of 8 from the floor and made both of his three's. Berggren always seems to take a high percentage shot, which is good to see, and his footwork has been very good this year.

Berggren is putting together a really nice season so far and has been one of the Badgers most consistent players on the year. Besides leading the Badgers in scoring, Berggren also had four rebounds, one assist, and one steal on the night.

Berggren may have only played 20 minutes but with Wisconsin in control for the entire game, he didn't need to have to log a lot of minutes. While he was out on the floor he was very effective on both sides of the floor.


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