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Beyond the Box Score: Wisconsin 81, Northwestern 58

Another trip to Evanston; another blowout.

While the football team always seems to have trouble in the friendly confines of Northwestern, the basketball team sure does not. The Badgers jumped out quickly like they did against Penn State, but this time never let the opponents even remotely into the game.

Let’s look at the box score.

Northwestern Box

Northwestern Box

  • The Badgers assisted on 23 of their 30 possessions. I know this stat gets brought up a lot, but last night was extra special. The Badgers had an assist on 76% of their baskets, which is an amazing stat. Jackson and Kaminsky led the team with six a piece, and Kaminsky had five of those very early. If it weren’t for foul trouble, he was looking at the second Badger triple double in Evanston in the last five years.
  • Duje Dukan had a bench-high 14 points. What I like about that stat, though, is the way he accumulated those points. He was 2-3 from outside the arc, but he also was able to take his defender off the drive, which is something that is helping open up his game. He was also 2-2 from the line to add a cherry on top. Last year, Dukan was used more as a change of pace off the bench. This year he’s become a threat on his own.
  • The bench played 61 minutes and only turned the ball over twice. As we’ve grown to see, the surest way to see yourself glued to the bench of a Bo Ryan team is turning the ball over. While the team stat of seven turnovers is low itself, I was very impressed with the way the bench handled the ball. Take Bronson Koenig for example. He was able to contribute 21 minutes and not only did he score six points, he didn’t turn the ball over once. Dukan also played 23 minutes without turning the ball over. Most teams hope their bench is able to tread water while the starters sit. The Badgers are simply reloading.

 

Jay Swenson

About Jay Swenson

Jay is a Badger fan currently living in Central Illinois. He has written for several newspapers as a freelance writer, and was the Western Illinois basketball beat writer while in graduate school.

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