I’ll be honest. There isn’t a whole lot to talk about in last night’s game. It was a blowout, and it was needed after the Andersen news earlier in the day.
With that said, here’s a couple things that stood out.
- The Badgers had ten steals and only committed four turnovers. The past couple games, the Badgers have had to use their size advantage to wear down teams inside. With the Panthers having a little more height than Marquette did, the guards had more time to shine. Yes, Kaminsky, Dekker, and Hayes got their points, but seeing Gasser with four steals and Jackson with three shows that the team is still balanced. On the Dekker and Hayes scoring side, though, how great is it to see both of them get going again? They both looked completely different than the past couple games and it’s something the team needs.
- The Badgers shot nine free throws while the Panthers made 12-17. I bring this up because this is the complete opposite of what we are used to seeing. The Panthers received free throws from most of the roster, but forward Matt Tiby led the team with six. Again, Milwaukee had to force the ball to him down low and hope he could win individual battles. He led the team with 17, so he did alright, but it still wasn’t enough.
It should be another blowout on Saturday, and then a big game Monday night at California.