Ryan Not Upset Over Final Play

Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan knows that winning on the road in the Big Ten is a challenge and that road games are always going to be a challenge. With the way life is on the road, Ryan was not surprised with how the Purdue game ended Saturday.

MADISON - In Big Ten Conference play, due in large part to the familiarity of programs with each other, the difference between victory and defeat is often very small. The team that comes out on top is frequently the beneficiary of a call going in their favor or a friendly bounce of the ball. Saturday, the Wisconsin Men's Basketball team got neither of those two in the final seconds of their defeat at Purdue.

With the clock running out and the Badgers trailing by two, Michael Flowers drove down the right lane line. Boilermaker freshman, Robbie Hummel, who had switched onto Flowers during a Brian Butch ball screen appeared to foul Flowers hard on the wrist as he attempted what would have been the game tying lay up. As it played out, no foul was called and the ball stayed in play. Purdue corralled the loose ball and hit two free throws to seal the Badgers' fate.

At his Monday press conference, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was not surprised by how the play unfolded and had no qualms about the no-call.

"We always practice with the idea that in order to get a call it's going to have to be something that's pretty obvious," Ryan said. "The unfortunate part, as I've said about ten times already, is that the ball didn't go out of bounds. It hit that part of the backboard there (the bottom of the pad), and went straight down, and stayed in bounds."

Leuer on the rise

The development of freshman Jon Leuer has been a vital part of the Badgers' success this season. While his contributions were obvious in the game at Michigan when he led the team with 25 points, his importance may go unnoticed to the untrained eye in the absence of gaudy stats. Leuer's value has not been lost on his coach, however.

"I've got some clips that I'll be showing (to the team) of him," Ryan said of the Purdue game. "He made two plays, two reads, on dribble, attack, pickup, deliver. He hit [Joe] Krabbenhoft on one and Brian Butch on another. That's progress. He did look a lot more comfortable."

He has even impressed Ryan while making mistakes.

"I liked the fact that he got in there and stuck his nose in and got called for an over-the-back trying to get an offensive rebound trying to make a play," Ryan said of Saturday's game. "Nothing wrong with that. That shows some progress."

Looking toward the Hoosiers

This Thursday Wisconsin will host the league-leading Indiana Hoosiers at the Kohl Center. The Hoosiers are paced by freshman Eric Gordon who is averaging a Big Ten best 21.7 ppg.

Fortunately for Wisconsin, defense has been the Badgers' strength this year, holding opponents to a conference low 54.7 ppg. Coach Ryan knows that in order to knock off Indiana, his team will have to look to their strengths.

"We have to do what we've been doing all year and just try to make the looks tough, try not to let people get comfortable in certain areas," he said. "It won't change. You won't see anything different. It's just a matter of execution."

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