Badgers Roll On
The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team continued it’s resurgence Wednesday night with resounding 69-52 win over the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes. In doing so, the Badgers won their 3rd consecutive game since the 6 game losing streak that threatened to derail their season. In fact, this may have been the team’s most complete game of the year.
Joe Krabbenhoft led a balanced Badger attack with 16 points and a solid overall game. But the real star of the night was point guard Trevon Hughes. Regular readers of this space know that Hughes has often been my personal whipping boy. In my opinion, he often plays too fast for his and the team’s good; sometimes letting his ‘playground instincts’ get the better of him. But in the last few games, he’s given indications that he’s starting to “get it”. Last night, it was almost as if he was ‘channeling’ Michael Flowers; making good decisions with the ball that led to 6 assists, providing constant ball pressure on defense, and lurking around the basket to hit a key shot or snare a rebound.
The team as a whole has exhibited a return to the characteristics that has made Wisconsin basketball successful for the last decade. Yes, Iowa managed to shoot 50% from the field but that stat was mitigated by the fact that Wisconsin forced 14 turnovers that led to 29 points, while committing only 6 turnovers themselves. The Badgers were also a force on the boards, including 10 on the offensive glass. Certainly the Badgers toughest games are yet ahead. But the hope here is that they can reinforce some of the fundamentals now that will help them later when they go on the road against Michigan State and Minnesota.