In Wisconsin's 47-41 road victory over Nebraska, the offense struggled while the defense shined — highlighted by a career-high 14-rebound performance from senior Ryan Evans.
For the second straight game the Badgers had trouble shooting the basketball going 20-53 (37.7 percent) from the field. Wisconsin didn’t force up any bad shots it simply was the case where the basketball wasn’t going in the hoop.
The Badgers had two players score in double figures. Senior forward Jared Berggren led the team with 13 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Ryan Evans had 10 points and a career high 15 rebounds.
The Badger bench was able to contribute 12 points. Freshman forward Sam Dekker had seven points in 22 minutes of work and freshman guard George Marshall had five points. When Marshall stepped into the game he was looking for his shot and he was able to knock down his first two shots.
Wisconsin did a good job of taking care of the basketball only coughing the ball up six times. Junior guard Ben Brust and Dekker each had two turnovers.
Brust only had three points in the game and didn’t shoot the basketball well. Nebraska’s defense did a good job of keeping him in check and making sure he didn’t get open. Brust finished the game 1-6 from the field.
It definitely was a defensive ball game. Like the Badgers, Nebraska shot the ball poorly going 18-49 (36.7 percent) from the field.
Wisconsin did a tremendous job of contesting every shot and making sure any shot attempt was contested. Berggren in particular did a great job of protecting the rim. Berggren entered the game leading the Big Ten in blocked shots and finished the game with three blocked shots. The Badgers finished the game with six blocks. Sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky, Dekker and Evans each had one block.
Three Cornhuskers scored in double figures. Dylan Talley and Ray Gallegos each had 12 points and Brandon Ubel had 10 points.
Wisconsin had trouble-containing Talley early. Talley was able to score the Cornhuskers first six points. Nebraska was able to get Talley open by using ball screens. Bo Ryan was able to make the adjustment relatively quick and the Badgers did a much better job of hedging the screens and not letting Talley get open.
The Badgers are going to have to get out of their shooting slump soon because their schedule is about to become difficult. Shooting performances like this and the Badgers will not have much success in the Big Ten.
Even though the Badgers have struggled offensively they have been able to take care of the basketball. But more importantly on the defensive side they have been playing really well.
Wisconsin was able to force Nebraska into eight turnovers in the game. They also have been able to force their opponent into turnovers with out fouling. Wisconsin only committed nine team fouls. With the team playing good smart aggressive defense Nebraska didn’t get to the free throw line that much in the game. Nebraska ended up going 3-5 from the charity stripe.
Wisconsin outrebounded Nebraska 34-28. But what was more impressive was the fact that they held the Cornhuskers to two offensive rebounds in the game.
Evans gave a strong effort and was able to shoot the basketball efficiently going 4-8 from the floor. Evans allowed the game come to him. Even though Evans played well he once again struggled from the free throw line going 2-8.
Game MVP: Jared Berggren
Berggren was able to put together another nice game against the Cornhuskers. The senior was able to make his presence felt defensively the entire game and he was able to take over the game on offense in the second half. Berggren knows what he is capable of doing and he simply needs to go out and do it for the Badgers to have success.