The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s Red/White scrimmage Sunday afternoon was not always aesthetically pleasing. But with such a young team it was not going to be from the opening tip.
The Badgers showcased their 2005-06 team for the few thousand fans who attended Family Fun Day at the Kohl Center, putting seven freshmen on the court. A pair of veteran leaders, however, dominated the affair. Junior forward Alando Tucker scored a game-high 20 points and sophomore center Brian Butch added 17, leading the White squad to a 59-44 victory.
Senior forward Ray Nixon led the Red squad with nine points.
The game was the public introduction to highly touted true freshmen Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry. Each was impressive, though some first-year jitters were evident early.
Krabbenhoft started for the White team at shooting guard, but also played small forward and some point guard. He scored seven of his nine points in the second half: a 3-pointer, a transition basket off an assist from classmate Devin Barry, and a bucket in the lane after two offensive rebounds.
Landry was very active for the Red team on the glass and in the paint defensively, unofficially recording three blocked shots just more than six minutes into the first half. He also made an impressive move to the paint from just above the block, before dropping off a pass to sophomore center Greg Stiemsma for an easy dunk.
Stiemsma had seven points for the Red squad, including a 3-pointer early in the game, which gave the Red its only lead at 3-2.
Tucker played exclusively at a wing position and was active all over the court. He still did most of his scoring damage in the paint, however.
Butch displayed a full repertoire. He had a steal and a breakaway dunk early in the game, connected on a couple of nice post moves early in the second half and made a 3-pointer. Butch, who has been lauded for his leadership in the preseason, sternly reminded Krabbenhoft not to foul, after the first-year player was whistled with just over a minute left in the game.
The starters for the White team were sophomore point guard Michael Flowers, freshman shooting guard Joe Krabbenhoft, junior small forward Alando Tucker, junior power forward Jason Chappell and sophomore center Brian Butch.
As noted above, Krabbenhoft played the “2”, 3 and 1 positions during the game. True freshman Kevin Gullickson joined Butch and Chappell as a post player, and true freshman Devin Barry played the point and along the wing.
For the Red squad, the starters were junior point guard Kammron Taylor, wings senior Ray Nixon and redshirt freshman DeAaron Williams, freshman power forward Marcus Landry and sophomore center Greg Stiemsma.
Nixon appeared to play the 2, 3 and 4 at various times.
Off the bench, sophomore Tanner Bronson played point guard, true freshman Mickey Perry played guard and true freshman Morris Cain played primarily power forward.
White (59): Alando Tucker, 20; Brian Butch, 17; Joe Krabbenhoft 9; Jason Chappell 5; Michael Flowers 4; Kevin Gullickson 4; Devin Barry 0
Red (44): Ray Nixon 9; Tanner Bronson 8; Mickey Perry 7; Greg Stiemsma 7; Marcus Landry 5; Morris Cain 4; Kammron Taylor 2; DeAaron Williams 2.