Game Day Grades: Nebraska

MADISON - Although it lead from start to finish, Wisconsin had to grind through a tough shooting performance by relying on its defense and its clutch rebounding to earn a five-point victory over Nebraska. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: C-

To say Wisconsin did not shoot the ball well tonight against the Huskers would be an understatement. The Badgers went 15-for-48 (31.3 percent) from the floor and the offense had a couple of opportunity to put the Huskers away, but couldn't do it due to scoring droughts. When the Badgers go through these scoring droughts, they need to figure out a way to help them get out of their funk.

Wisconsin had two players in double figures - Josh Gasser had 12 points (the only UW starter that shot over 40 percent) and Jordan Taylor led the way with 19 points – while Jared Berggren almost had his first career double-double. He had nine points and 13 rebounds, six important ones.

The Badgers only got four points from the bench tonight. Ben Brust and Frank Kaminsky each had two points. Brust did not play well he had four turnovers and zero assists, even tweeting after the game ‘A win is a win.' Ryan Evans, who had a career high 22 points against the Huskers in the Big Ten opener, only had two points tonight on just five shots. Evans, like Brust, had four turnovers.

Wisconsin shot 2-for-18 (11.1 percent) from three-point range but made 18 of 24 free throws to make up for some of the offensive problems.

Defense: B

Wisconsin's defense held the Huskers offense to 45 points, only 35.2 percent from the floor on 19-of-54 shooting and challenged Nebraska on all its shots from the three-point range

The Badgers defense did a good job of not fouling, committing only seven personal fouls and the Huskers only got to the free throw line twice. The Badgers forced seven turnovers (five coming off steals), had three blocks three times and did a good job of challenging each shot or making the Huskers adjust their shot.

Wisconsin did a very good job of not allowing the Huskers to get second-chance opportunities. The Huskers only had five points off nine offensive rebounds, meaning the Badgers did a good job of boxing out their assignment.

The Badgers did a very good job of containing Bo Spencer in their first matchup, limiting him to five points on 2-for-12 shooting. Sunday, Spencer led the Huskers in scoring with 13 points - 11 of his 13 points in the second half – but shot 5 of 16 from the floor and improved his totals by hitting three challenging three-pointers. The Badgers did a good job of making Spencer take difficult shots in the first half, but the senior became more aggressive in the second half.

Overall: B

Wisconsin had a rough time taking care of the basketball with 11 turnovers in the first half. To their credit, the Badgers turned the ball over once in the second half, and none in the final 15 minutes. The Huskers showed very active hands on the defensive end in the first half and through out the game with seven steals, but the Badgers made smarter passes down the stretch that helped them get the winning outcome.

Wisconsin definitely used its height to its advantage against the Huskers by dominating the glass in winning the rebounding battle 42-28. Berggren was a machine getting rebounds. If he wasn't boxing out for one of his teammates, he was using his size and strength to track down every one of his career-high 13 rebounds. Taylor and Evans had the second most rebounds in the game they both had six rebounds.

Taylor had an unusual game for himself. He got his points and he didn't turn the ball over but he had zero assists in the game. Taylor usually finds one of his open teammates and he can pick up a couple of assists. With his teammates only making 11 shots, however, it's understandable.

Game MVP: Jared Berggren. It took a while for Berggren to get going in the game, but he was a point shy of his first career double-double. When the Badgers needed a rebound down the stretch while they were closing out the game, he was there, grabbing four rebounds in the final 3:33.

Berggren had six offensive rebounds, which helped the Badgers get second-chance opportunities. Berggren did not shoot the basketball well going 3 of 12 from the floor, but Berggren did the little things in order to help the Badgers win tonight.

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