The Badgers' offense dominated, which was expected when they played an undersized UW-Oshkosh. On Wednesday night, Wisconsin was able to pretty much do anything offensively.
Wisconsin went 36-for-63 (57.1 percent) from the field. Majority of its shots came down low on the blocks and in the paint. Jared Berggren and Frank Kaminsky were able to use their size and get down low to get some easy buckets. Overall the Badgers had 38 points in the paint. The Badgers went 8-for-20 (40 percent) from 3-point distance.
All five of the Badgers scored in double figures in the game with Berggren leading the way with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Kaminsky was second in points with 12. The Badgers received good production from the bench scoring 34 points, as Zach Bohannon had seven points in 15 minutes to lead the way.
In the Red-White scrimmage Sunday, it took awhile for George Marshall to find a rhythm, but came out aggressive and was trying to find ways to score from the opening tip. Marshall finished the game with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting, was in control of the offense and, most importantly, turned the ball over once.
You can tell Sam Dekker is still learning the offense. Dekker played fine, scoring five points, but helped do the little things in the game. He had five rebounds, three assists and one steal. It will obviously take Dekker sometime but when the light bulb comes on, he'll be able to help the team in some way this year.
Like the offense, it was expected that the defense would play well and not allow any Titans' player get off any easy shots. The Titans got off to a great start - jumping out to a 7-0 lead – by getting some easy buckets when the Badgers failed to hedge on screens. After the Titans' hot start, the Badgers were able to turn up the heat and force the Titans into some tough shots. The Titans shot 17-for-48 (35.4 percent) from the floor.
The Badgers forced the Titans into 16 turnovers, which the Badgers converted into 26 points. Five of the 16 turnovers were steals with sophomore guard Jordan Smith leading the way with two.
The Badgers defense was expected to protect the paint against the Titans and did it with much success. Berggren and Kaminsky only allowed the Titans to score 10 points in the paint. When the Titans missed shots, the defense limited second chance opportunities, as the Titans only collected four offensive rebounds in the game.
With Josh Gasser being out for the year, one of the guards will have to pick it up on defense. The most likely candidate might be Traevon Jackson. I thought Jackson played well defensively. He was active and he was playing good aggressive defense against the Titans' guards.
It's hard to know how much better the Badgers got considering their opponent, but the Badgers took care of business and avoided major concerns. Wisconsin took care of the basketball – only eight turnovers in its first game against a different color jersey – and was able to get to the free throw line frequently (16-for-23 from the charity stripe_. The Badgers were able to draw fouls by driving to the hoop or trying to get points off of second chance opportunities.
Overall, I thought Bohannon played well. Besides scoring seven points, Bohannon pulled down eight rebounds and six on the offensive glass. Bohannon was able to draw fouls after he grabbed his offensive rebounds, gritty play UW needs. It still will be seen how much playing time Bohannon gets when Mike Bruesewitz returns from his injury, but it was good to see Bohannon be active and do the little things to help the Badgers to a victory.
Game MVP: Jared Berggren. Besides Berggren leading the team with 16 points, he also had six rebounds and one blocked shot. He took smart shots in the game and if something wasn't there, he was able to get it out to one of his teammates.
Berggren was able to use his size to his advantage through out the night. Berggren was able to continue to show off some of his low post moves that he has developed from a season ago. After playing well in the scrimmage and again Wednesday, it seems like he's going to be poised for a big senior year.