UW takes down South Dakota

first_imgIn the midst of Madison’s first snowstorm of the year, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team buried South Dakota on Saturday afternoon, 76-61, having never given up the lead.The Badger’s didn’t lose much heat from their ‘can’t miss’ attitude last Wednesday against N.C. State, finishing with 45.3 percent of shots from the floor in the bucket, including 38.7 from behind the arc.Point guard Jordan Taylor came within one assist from a milestone in UW basketball. Taylor finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, one helper away from the first triple-double in the program’s history. Nonetheless, it was still the junior’s first double-double of his career.Senior forward Jon Leuer led all players with 29 points, fueled largely by six three-pointers. Leuer also contributed another nine rebounds and four blocks.Despite changing their defensive scheme a few times in the game, the Coyotes couldn’t prevent the containment breaches of Taylor and Leuer.“A couple kids we could not contain,” said South Dakota head coach Dave Booth. “Taylor’s penetration, he got to the basket whenever he wanted to and Leuer, he was a just lights-out offensive player.”Wisconsin scored four 3-pointers within its first six shots on the floor, including three from Leuer to quickly jump out to a 13-2 advantage after four minutes.Wisconsin’s lead on South Dakota stretched and thinned throughout the first half as the South Dakota shot 46.7 percent from the field, including 45.5 from the arc, to keep up with the Badgers’ pace.From an offensive standpoint, SDU’s approach to the game didn’t surprise UW head coach Bo Ryan one bit.“You know if you watch South Dakota on film, you could have scripted this game yourself,” Ryan said. “This is how they play…. The pops, the stare stare-you-down-pull-up-let-it-fly – every game, whether it was Marquette, Wyoming, Illinois State.”The Coyotes also forced seven turnovers in the first half as well, mostly off of bad passes, and capitalized on those to keep it close. Wisconsin gained as much as a 15-point lead on South Dakota midway through the first half, but led by just five at the break.“That was their M.O., that they were going to come in and come in firing, they have a lot of guys that can do that,” Leuer said. “In hindsight, it would have been better to close out, maybe play some screens differently, but they were pushing in transition and coming down, maybe 25 seconds left on the shot clock, and just firing up threes.”That script changed just a little bit in the second half when South Dakota’s bombardment stopped falling in the basket, shooting about 28 percent from the field and from behind the arc as well.Although its three-point percentage took a bit of a dip, Wisconsin maintained its poise in the second half, while also cutting its turnovers to two. Slowly the Badgers began to separate themselves from the Coyotes.“Sometimes when you fill the middle and jam things up, a lot of those threes that we took were as a result to the ball touching the short corner, the baseline, or the post and on kickouts, traditionally, that’s the highest percentage three you can get when the ball goes to the post and then goes out,” Ryan said.“So when those are there you got to be able to hit them and we had just one little dry patch in there but other than that we have a pretty good system for threes. We had 36 points on 31 shots, that’s good. Anytime you get more points than shot attempts from three, it’s OK.”UW’s bench contributed 15 points, six of them coming from junior forward Rob Wilson, who failed to miss a shot on the day while also adding a rebound and two assists in just seven minutes of play.Wilson, who’s been working his way back into the lineup since injuring his hamstring early in the preseason, still needs to develop his play on defense before receiving more time on the floor, according to Ryan.“There are certain things we do, that we say, and when you don’t do it, you need to watch,” Ryan said. “It’s pretty simple, I have rules on defense. If guys aren’t playing as much against certain teams it might be because, defensively, they don’t handle certain things real well.”last_img read more

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