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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Five Things To Take Away From Wisconsin’s 49-38 win over Marquette

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Here are five things to take away from No. 2 Wisconsin’s 49-38 road win over Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday:
1) Wisconsin’s Perimeter Shooting:
Despite shooting 8-of-30 from long range as a team, it was two makes from Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky late in the second half that propelled the Badgers (8-1) to a bounce back win on Saturday after losing to Duke on Dec. 3.
Gasser and Kaminsky would not get away from the original plan of patience instilled by coach Bo Ryan and it paid off in the end.
“It was big [for us],” Gasser said. “Every time the crowd got into it, we always made a shot. We are a veteran club and we have some tough guys, so we expect nothing less. It would have been nice for us to make some throughout the game, but we made enough to get the job done.”
Kaminsky finished with a team-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 4-for-4 from the foul line, to go along with 10 rebounds, while Gasser scored 12— all coming from long range.
2) Field Goal Shooting:
If you’re a fan of finesse and high-scoring hoops, then this one’s probably not the best one too clamor over as Wisconsin shot 17-of-52 (32.7 percent), while Marquette (4-3) went 13-for-45 (28.9 percent).
Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski was proud of his team for keeping the score close despite the missed opportunities on offense.
“I thought we were able to make [Wisconsin] uncomfortable offensively,” Wojciechowski said.  “They like to score a vast majority of their points in the paint and at the free-throw line. We wanted to make them shoot contested shots and overall, we did a great job of doing that defensively.”
3) Size Matters:
Despite its tallest player being a mere 6-7, Marquette held its own on defensive rebounds as it collected 23 compared to Wisconsin’s 27. Its achilles heel would be on the offensive end as it grabbed five compared to 14 from Wisconsin.
The 16:39 mark of the second half summed up the Golden Eagles’ rebounding woes as it failed to grab attempts from Kaminsky, Duje Dukan and Nigel Hayes. Gasser would eventually drain a three-pointer 23 seconds later in the same possession to put the Badgers up 28-22.
4) Turnovers:
For only the second time this season, Wisconsin turned the ball over more than its opponent. The Badgers committed 11 compared to the Golden Eagles’ 10.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan embraced the mistakes made and credited his team for pulling through.
“A couple of guys got a little leery [after committing the turnovers] about getting the ball in the paint,” Ryan said. “[Despite the mistakes], it was one of those games where we could play seven because of the pace.”
5) Matt Carlino:
Marquette’s second leading scorer coming into Saturday’s game stepped up when it mattered as Carlino finished with a game-high 18 on 6-of-11 from the field, 3-for-5 from downtown and 3-of-4 from the foul line.
Carlino’s five turnovers would help play a part in Marquette’s demise late in the second half.
In the loss, Carlino still believes that Marquette will only get better as the season progresses.
“We are getting better,” Carlino said. “We just have to capitalize on the opportunities we’re getting against these good teams.”
Looking Ahead:
Wisconsin will return to the Brew City on Dec 10 as it will go next door from the Bradley Center to play Milwaukee at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2 from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, while Marquette won’t return to the court until Dec. 16 as it will host Arizona State at 8 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1.
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