That one felt over just minutes in, didn’t it? The Badgers were firing on all cylinders yesterday as they cruised to a win over Chattanooga. The win moves Wisconsin to 2-0 and a home game against Green Bay is next on the schedule.
Let’s take a quick look into the box score, where, spoiler alert, the Badgers look pretty, pretty good.
- Vitto Brown had nine rebounds off the bench. This is just part of a bigger story as the Badgers out-rebounded the Mocs 49-21. Nigel Hayes added 13 and Frank Kaminsky added ten to lead the Badgers. Beyond the obvious of having a physical advantage, Brown looked much more confident than he did last year. You would have to think Ethan Happ sees this as he’s trying to decide whether or not to redshirt this year. There is much more depth at the guard position, but the front court is definitely loaded as well. I predict Happ redshirts, even though he could help with the team this year.
- Wisconsin had 20 assists on 32 field goals. I like that stat, but I like the fact that every starter had at least two assists even more. This is what an experienced team is able to do as the players understand each other much better than an inexperienced team would. Think back to some of Bo Ryan’s “lesser” teams. While they would win these early games, it was easy to see room for improvement. That’s normal for all teams as it can take a few games to start to gel as an offense. These Badgers already have that gelling down, and if there is still room for improvement, look out America.
- The Badgers shot 44.4% from the three-point line. Five different players also hit at least one three in the game. While this number is definitely solid, some of this is due to the lack of Chattanooga pressure. At least half of the three pointers hit in the game where wide open shots. Yes, you still have to hit them, but the looks won’t be quite as easy as the team faces tougher competition.
I’m definitely excited for the Green Bay game on Wednesday as Keifer Sykes is something else.