Game Day Grades: Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - The problems continue for No.9 Wisconsin, who delivered a poor performance on both ends of the floor in a 13-point loss at Williams Arena. BadgerNation hands out the grades.

Offense: D

Wisconsin only did one right thing on offense and that was getting to the free throw line, which kept slim hopes that Badgers could win against Minnesota. The Badgers finished the game 19-for-23 (82.6 percent).

Once again the Badgers lived and died by the three ball going 5-for-20. With Wisconsin trailing the entire game, it felt like it was there only option to try and get back in the game and ignored trying to get the basketball down low.

Sam Dekker led the Badgers in scoring with 20 points and Nigel Hayes was second with 12 points off the bench. Wisconsin shot the ball fine going 22-for-50 (44 percent).

Wisconsin knew they were going to have to take care of the basketball with Minnesota being a tough defensive team and the Gophers were able to force Wisconsin into six turnovers. Traevon Jackson had three of the six turnovers. Jackson's three turnovers were him just being careless with the basketball.

Defense: F

Once again the same problems popped up for the Badgers in the last three losses, being unable to defend the paint and they couldn't defend the screen. Wisconsin allowed Minnesota to score points in the paint at will and allowed them to shoot an impressive 58.9 percent from the field. It's easy to shoot that high when Wisconsin struggles to defend the paint.

Despite Andre Hollins rolling his ankle in the first 30 seconds of the game, the Badgers couldn't slow down Maurice Walker off of the bench, who scored a career-high 18 points, or Deandre Mathieu, who scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

Overall: F

Frank Kaminsky picked up two quick fouls in the first half, which forced him to sit on the bench and allowed Minnesota to take control of the game early on. With Kaminsky out, Bo Ryan tried to use Zach Bohannon and Vitto Brown to try and slow down Walker with zero luck.

Brown tried too hard while he was out there; tangling up with his man twice and missing a shot that shouldn't have been taken because it was at the top of the key and was still early in the shot clock.

The Badgers were able to fight back in the first half a little bit but couldn't do anything with consistency. Even when Wisconsin was able to score in the second half, they couldn't chip away at the lead due to the fact that they were trading baskets with Minnesota.

Wisconsin lost the rebounding battle (32-22) and with the way the Gophers were shooting the basketball, Wisconsin couldn't allow any second-chance opportunities. Even though Minnesota missed only 23 times during the game, they still managed to grab 10 offensive rebounds that turned into 13 points.

Game MVP: Sam Dekker. Outside of Hayes, Dekker was the only one who cared to play and did his best to keep Wisconsin alive in the game. Unfortunately his efforts came up short. He had 20 points on 6-12 shooting and shot the basketball effectively at the free throw line going 7-for-8. He also had six rebounds.

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