Chambliss gets the point across

Senior guard provides season high minutes, steadying influence in Badgers' win over UW-Green Bay

MADISON—Sharif Chambliss may still be less than 100 percent but his opponents the past three games could be forgiven if they thought otherwise. Chambliss started for the second consecutive game Tuesday and scored in double figures for the third straight contest. This time he tallied 13 points on 4 of 6 shooting in the University of Wisconsin's 65-55 win over UW-Green Bay at the Kohl Center.

The senior guard's scoring—42 points in the past three games—however, is a small piece of his overall contribution during the Badgers' current three-game winning streak. His defense has been strong and his command of the point guard position has been a calming influence for Wisconsin's multi-faceted offensive attack.

"The biggest thing that's picked up in the last few games with Sharif is his defense," senior forward Mike Wilkinson said. "He's controlling their point, making him work. It's really helped our defense. They can't get easy looks."

Chambliss hit 2 of 3 three-point shots Tuesday but also had three assists and zero turnovers.

"Our ball movement is really good right now and I think that's been a big component, Sharif being on the floor and having that experience and kind of knowing where people are and having a feel for the game," said Wilkinson, who had a game-high 18 points.

Perhaps the most important statistic Tuesday, though, was that Chambliss played a season-high 30 minutes. He continues to look confident and fluid on the court, despite continuing to rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee.

"I'm still in the rehab process," Chambliss said. "I'm not 100 percent going out there. I'm trying to relax out there. I gained a lot of confidence with Mike on the floor. We have talked on and off the court just about the experience each of us has, just going out there and playing basketball the way we know how to play basketball for Wisconsin."

In his first year playing point guard, Chambliss has just five turnovers in 105 minutes.

"He's not trying to do things that he can't," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "He's more trustworthy with the ball right now. He believes in himself. It isn't just on the floor, in practice also. He's gained the confidence of the team. More importantly, he has the confidence in himself to be able to get things done."


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