Taylor points in the right direction

Sophomore takes command of point guard position in UW's 72-61 win at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Kammron Taylor played 30 minutes off the bench for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team Saturday, in large part to counter the Wolverines' frequent use of a full-court press defense or a half-court trap.

Whenever the sophomore guard was in the game, he played the "1" for the Badgers, frequently splitting traps and racing up the floor to beat Michigan's pressure.

"Coaches were telling me to use my quickness," Taylor said. "I know they tried to pick up full court and my quickness is one of the advantages I have."

Taylor scored 13 points on 4 of 11 shooting and notched two assists. Five turnovers blemished the performance, however.

"Kammron is going to make some decisions at times where his speed hurts him but he's also the guy that can split traps, he can beat pressure," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "That's what he did for us. He got the ball into positions where we could get fouled or create an opportunity for somebody else and help relieve the pressure."

The Badgers' offense was rarely thrown off kilter by Michigan's pressure until the end of the game, when Wisconsin survived a seven-minute drought without a field goal.

"For the most part I think we handled it real well except for the last couple minutes," Taylor said. "We didn't stay focused the whole 40 minutes but that's just something we have to work on."

Taylor scored seven of his points in the final 5:29 of the first half, helping the Badgers take a 37-32 lead into halftime.


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