You can't win many games when you only score 41 points. The Badgers shot 16-of-51 (31.4 percent) from the floor, and continue to suffer through scoring droughts throughout Big Ten play. Only one player scored in double figures - Jordan Taylor had 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting. No other Badger had more than six points. Michigan's defense played well today and forced the Badgers in difficult shots, but the Badgers again missed a lot of point-blank opportunities around the rim and were short on a number of jump shots.
Wisconsin needs to, has to develop a consistent post presence to be more dangerous. As of right now, the Badgers don't have it. Jared Berggren looked horrible against the Wolverines and he would be the first to agree. He shot 1-of-6, couldn't finish around the rim, grabbed just five rebounds and turned the ball over three times. Wisconsin is a dangerous team when it has a big man that can spread the floor, and the Badgers don't have that … yet.
Wisconsin got only 10 points from its bench and only two fast break points.
If you only score 41 points you better be playing good defense. Wisconsin did hold Michigan to 59 points, which ties its season low, but the Badgers let the Wolverines get to the free throw line way to often. The Wolverines went 17-20 from the charity stripe, getting fouled often because UW was out of position on drives and rebounds.
Wisconsin also allowed Michigan get second chance opportunities. The Wolverines had 12 offensive rebounds which turned into 13 second-chance points. Not surprisingly, Michigan put up 24 points in the paint compared to just 14 from Wisconsin.
The Badgers did make the Wolverines cough the ball up nine times - six of the nine turnovers came off of steals – and held Michigan to 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from three-point range. Still, Michigan scored 12 more points than UW's average coming into the game.
The Badgers turned the ball over 12 times, which is uncharacteristic, and again didn't try to get the ball down low consistently to Berggren, Bruesewitz or Ryan Evans. Even though the group was generally ineffective, Wisconsin still has to try and get the ball down low.
Is it fair to question the mental toughness or the physicality of this year's team? Not seeing every players dive after loose balls and see Wisconsin loose the battle of the boards has been very uncharacteristic and something usually unacceptable under Ryan for one game, let alone multiple.
It's clear right now that the Badgers don't have a number two scorer and if someone doesn't step up, it could be a long season. Wisconsin needs to start attacking the basket more, getting consistent production from its bigs and penetrate into the paint to try and draw fouls.
Game MVP: Nobody. Taylor led the team with 12 points on 5-of-15 of shooting, but he only had one assist to three turnovers. Taylor did have three steals, but he did not get to the free throw line. He didn't play well and nobody else did, so consider the MVP like a UW jumpshot against Michigan – a miss.