They did what they had to do to win, but not much more. The Badgers had a chance to put away the Terriers in the first half and wasted it, as everyone except Trevon Hughes was ice cold. In the second half, Wisconsin managed to get a couple other people going, with Jordan Taylor driving and Jon Leuer hitting some key shots. Jason Bohannon was a ghost, going 0-4 from the field for zero points. Keaton Nankivil didn't fare much better, hitting one out of four for two points. The Badgers will need contributions from all of the starting five to bring down Cornell on Sunday.
Wisconsin did a good job in the first half in pressuring Wofford into bad shots. Come the second half, the Terriers managed to get into the lane, leading to easy layups and kick outs to wide open shooters. The size advantage didn't help Wisconsin on the glass, as they were out rebounded 37-30 and gave up 11 offensive rebounds to a team with no significant contributor over 6-foot-6. On the plus side, the Badgers forced some key turnovers to keep them in the game, including one in the final five seconds to help seal the win.
Post up Jon Leuer! I yelled it in my head repeatedly in the final 10 minutes. There was no reason that Leuer shouldn't have gotten a touch in the post one a possession. You have to exploit the weakness of the other team, and Wofford clearly couldn't deal with Leuer's post game. Give Bo credit for throwing the Terriers off their game early, because with the Badgers shooting 37 percent, they definitely needed Wofford's 28 percent first half to offset the 56 percent shooting in the second.
Game MVP: Jon Leuer. Leuer should have went for 30 on this team, but 20 will do. Jon also grabbed 8 boards and was the only Badger to be perfect at the line (4-4). Jon hit the Badgers' go ahead shot just inside the arc with 17 seconds left and sealed the game with two clutch free throws.