Game Day Grades - Duke

It truly doesn't get any better than that. Wisconsin, picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten, gives Duke its first loss in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, help the conference win its first challenge and give the Badgers a huge resume win, beating the Blue Devils, 73-69, Wednesday night.

MADISON - Allow me to preface this piece by stating that I will be giving the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team all A's for the game today. It would simply be an injustice to not give the Badgers perfect marks after knocking off the sixth ranked Duke Blue Devils.

Offense – A

The Badgers looked poised, aggressive and confident throughout much of the contest. Trevon Hughes led the charge to the tune of 26 points, 19 of those coming in the second half. The Badgers seemed to feed off of the home crowd and used that momentum to consistently go up strong around the hoop and protect the ball on the perimeter. Wisconsin remained mostly unfazed by Duke's perimeter ball pressure and persistent play in the passing lanes. This proved vital as the Badgers committed only five turnovers and were able to consistently get open looks from all over the court.

Defense – A

Outside of Kyle Singler, the Badgers played superb defense and were able to collectively pound the boards, limiting Duke to only eight offensive rebounds. While Singler couldn't miss in the first half, Bo Ryan opted to put Ryan Evans primarily on Singler in the second half and the move paid dividends as Evans and company were able to force Singler into 3-9 shooting after intermission. Andre Dawkins also had a noteworthy performance; however, the Badgers strong interior defense and Trevon Hughes shutting down Jon Scheyer earn the Badgers an A.

Coaching – A

Bo Ryan and his staff made excellent adjustments on both offense and defense. On offense the Badgers consistently exploited the Blue Devils aggressive perimeter defense by using back cuts and screen slips. Defensively the switch from Tim Jarmusz guarding Kyle Singler to Ryan Evans proved to be one of the main reasons the Badgers were able to stave off a Duke comeback. Once again, the way Coach Ryan had his team mentally prepared for a game of this magnitude undoubtedly earns him an A.

Game MVP: Trevon Hughes, I assume this was obvious; Hughes had what was perhaps one of the better performances by a Badger in the Bo Ryan era, given the importance of this contest.

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