Game Day Grades: Creighton

LAS VEGAS - Giving up too many offensive rebounds in the first half and too many easy looks in the second half, Wisconsin fell by 10 to No.14 Creighton, dropping its second road game in as many outings. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: B

When it looked like Creighton may open up the game and extend its lead, Jared Berggren was the man who lead Wisconsin back in the second half. When Berggren went on his little run in the second half he simply made it look easy with his production in and outside the perimeter.

The Badgers shot the basketball well by going 40.9 percent (27-for-66) from the floor and was able to find good shots through out the game. After Wisconsin shot the three so well in its last game, the Badgers struggled by shooting only 29.6 percent from the perimeter (8-for-27).

In addition to Berggren, Ryan Evans (15) and George Marshall (13) each scored in double figures in the game. Despite Evans' three turnovers, Wisconsin did a good job of taking care of the basketball with only eight turnovers.

The Badgers got 13 points off the bench with Sam Dekker leading the way with eight. All of Dekker's points came in the first half. Dekker played well, was aggressive and he tried to get open; the same things he has done all season.

Wisconsin was able to get to the charity stripe 16 times and coming away with 12 makes. Berggren led the way at the line by going seven of eight.

Defense: D

The Badgers had no answer for Doug McDermott, who could do anything in the interior against the Badgers. McDermott had 30 on 10-for-23 shooting. It hurt that Mike Bruesewitz got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out of the game. With Breusewitz barely playing (he didn't attempt a field goal in nine minutes), it meant Berggren had to handle McDermott in the game. Creighton finished with 30 points in the paint.

With the Bluejays making a living down low it resulted in Creighton shooting the basketball well from the floor. Creighton went 46.6 percent (27-for- 58) from the floor, including 61.9 percent (13-for-23) in the second half.

Wisconsin also wasn't very disciplined on the defensive side of the floor. Both Bruesewitz and Ben Brust fouled out, resulting in Creighton making 22 of its 25 attempted foul shots. Simply put, the Badgers can't let their opponents get to the free throw line that often in a game.

The Badgers were able to force Creighton into 10 turnovers, five of which were steals by Wisconsin. Despite creating 10 turnovers, the Badgers were only able to generate the turnovers into six points.

Overall: C

Wisconsin played well for the most part in the game but didn't do the little things to come away with a victory. One of those little things was eliminating second-chance opportunities. Unfortunately it seemed that any rebound the Bluejays wanted on the offensive glass they were able to get to in the first half, as Creighton grabbed all 13 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. The Bluejays turned those rebounds into 15 points. Wisconsin couldn't allow that to happen considering how big of an offensive threat McDermott is.

Evans has been struggling with his shot so far this season, but seemed to have it figure out at least for tonight. Evans finished with 15 points on 7-for 16 shooting, was much more aggressive in the lane and tried to drive it to the basket; something we haven't seen him do that much.

I thought Zak Showalter played well in a season-high 13 minutes. Showalter only had two points, which came from the free throw line, but did the little things – like rebounding and blocking shots - for the Badgers.

Brust, who has been playing really well so far this season, struggled with shooting and foul trouble. Brust finished the game with four points and had seven rebounds. The one thing Brust can't do is get into foul trouble because Traevon Jackson and Marshall don't have much big-game experience playing yet. It's important that Brust plays smart defense, be a vocal leader on the court and a threat on the offensive end.

Game MVP: Jared Berggren. With a career-high 27 points, Berggren provided a key lift for Wisconsin Besides going off on the offensive end, Berggren had a solid game defensively. Berggren had two blocks and was able to pull down seven rebounds. Berggren's teammates are going to have to continue to feed him the basketball down low, especially when he puts together an offensive performance like he did against the Bluejays. The reason is after Berggren was put back in after the eight-minute mark, the Badgers stopped trying to feed the post for whatever reason.

Berggren did suffer cramps late in the game so that may have hurt him, but you have to continue to feed him the basketball to see if he can continue his hot streak when somebody is having that much success on the low block.

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