Game Day Grades: Nebraska

A rough second half was all it took for a desperate team to take advantage, as Nebraska shot 52 percent overall to end Wisconsin's eight game winning streak with a 77-68 victory Sunday night. BadgerNation hands out the grades.

Offense: B-

Even though Wisconsin went 24-for-56 (42.9 percent) from the field, ultimately what hurt the offense was the 11 turnovers Wisconsin committed. With Wisconsin coughing it up at such a high rate, Nebraska was able to take advantage by converting Wisconsin mistakes into 17 points.

Nebraska throughout the game was able to make Wisconsin uncomfortable and force Traevon Jackson in particular to make some poor plays with the basketball. Jackson had a team-high four turnovers and in one instance was stripped of the basketball for exposing it and simply wasn't strong with it in his hands.

Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin with 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting, Nigel Hayes was second with 12 points off the bench, Josh Gasser had 11 points and Ben Brust had 10 points.

Sam Dekker once again struggled with only six points on 3-for-9 shooting. Dekker did look to be aggressive at times when he was on offense but for the most part was nonexistent. Dekker's offensive struggles and lapses defensively caused him to sit for the key stretch for Wisconsin, which allowed Nigel Hayes to see some critical minutes.

Defense: C

Wisconsin had no answer for either Terran Petteway or Shavon Shields on defense, as each scored 26 points. Both Petteway and Shields were able to find success by attacking the rim on a consistent basis. Shields went 10-for-17 (58 percent) from the field and Petteway 7-for-16 (43 percent) from the field. Overall Nebraska shot 26-for-50 (52 percent).

With Wisconsin not being able to stop the dribble penetration, it allowed Petteway or Shields to either draw a foul or to pass the basketball for a possible shot from the corner. Walter Pitchford was one of the players who benefitted, as the sophomore was able to position himself in the corner to knock down big 3-pointers. Pitchford finished the game with 15 points.

Although Petteway has shown a tendency to cough up the basketball, Wisconsin couldn't force him into making mistakes, as he finished with only two turnovers. The Cornhuskers only coughed up the basketball five times in the game, limiting Wisconsin to two points off turnovers.

Although Wisconsin couldn't slow dribble penetration, the Badgers did manage to come up with six blocks in the game. Kaminsky led the way with four blocks but with the junior being in foul trouble, he couldn't be as aggressive as trying to alter shots.

Overall: C+

Once again some of the same problems popped up for Wisconsin on offense and defense. Offensively they went through a shooting slump without a field goal for 7:31. The Badgers led by two prior to that drought. The next time they scored from the field they found themselves down by five. On defense Wisconsin gave up 28 points in the paint to Nebraska.

One positive that can be taken away from the game is bench production. Hayes led the way with 12 points but Duje Dukan was able to get into a rhythm by tying a Big Ten season-high with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting. Dukan did some nice things while he was out on the court, including recording a block on defense.

Hayes was finally able to reach double figures after going four games without scoring double digits. Hayes was able to find ways to attack the rim and find ways to get to the free throw line, but went 2-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Hayes wasn't the only Badgers who struggled from the free throw line, as Wisconsin finished the game 11-for-21 from the free throw line. Wisconsin has to be able to convert in those situations in order to try and get some free points.

Wisconsin was able to clean the glass by outrebounding Nebraska 35-31 and only allowed them to grab three offensive rebounds.

Game MVP: Frank Kaminsky. Even though Kaminsky had to be careful due to being in foul trouble, he still managed to put together an effective game, coming up two rebounds shy of a double-double to go with his 14 points, nine of which came in the second half. He also was able to dish out three assists in the game. Kaminsky will need to try and do a better job of staying out of foul trouble because it clearly affects the Badgers on offense and defense when he's not on the floor.

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