Gameday Grades - Oakland

With the Maui Invitational on the horizon, it seemed at times that Wisconsin's minds were on the beach. The Badgers struggled at points, but did just enough to get by Summit League preseason favorite Oakland, 58-42. Badger Nation dishes out the grades.

MADISON - Wisconsin took on Oakland Wednesday night at the Kohl Center and cruised to a 58-42 victory. The Badgers played outstanding team defense throughout the contest but struggled at times on the offensive end. Overall, Oakland did not provide much of a test and we do not yet have an accurate picture of this year's team.

Offense: C+

The Badgers did not look particularly good on offense and appeared out of sync for many stretches during the game. On a positive note, Jon Leuer once again looked productive from the post, although he struggle from the perimeter, and Trevon Hughes was able to get into the paint on a regular basis. Also, Keaton Nankivil regained his confidence in the second half, after a sluggish start, and was able to knock down shots from the perimeter.

On the other hand, Wisconsin struggled to get into their offense when Oakland applied ball pressure on the wings. The Badgers had a fair amount of sloppy play in the second half and failed to convert on a number of easy chances around the hoop. Lastly, Wisconsin did not shoot well from the outside, going 3-of-14 from three-point range, and will need to pick it up from beyond the arc if they want to ensure their big men are not consistently double teamed down low.

Defense: B+

Wisconsin looked excellent on defense for the majority of the game and was able to hold Oakland to 27 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-19 from the three-point line. The Badgers packed it in and dared Oakland to shoot from the outside, contesting Oakland's shots under control and cutting off dribble penetration. The Badgers forced Oakland into a one-to-two assist-to-turnover ratio and Trevon Hughes contained the preseason Summit League player of the year Jonathon Jones up until he got some easy buckets in transition at the end. Wisconsin did have a little trouble on the defensive glass giving up 13 offensive rebounds, but overall played outstanding team defense throughout the game.

Coaching: A-

Bo Ryan once again had his team and defense prepared for an early season test. The Badgers did look a bit uncomfortable when facing pressure and did not appear to have a cohesive press break in place. Wisconsin may have been surprised by the pressure supplied early on by Oakland but this is definitely something the Badgers need to figure out as the season progresses.

Additionally, the Badgers seem confused at times as to when to pick up the tempo and when to slow it back down. This can probably attributed to the fact that it was the second game of the season and the Badgers are still getting acquainted with playing at a faster pace. Overall, the defense looked very sound and the Badgers had control throughout the contest.

Game MVP: Trevon Hughes, other than a few late turnovers, looked very sharp throughout the game.

What's Next: Arizona next Tuesday at 11pm from the Maui Invitational. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.


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