The Wisconsin Badger’s basketball team has now lost three of their last four games after a tough overtime loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. They will need to turn things around with a big upcoming game against Maryland.
The Badgers committed 17 turnovers which allowed for Purdue to score 2o points off of their mistakes. In the last two minutes of the overtime they had two very costly turnovers that may have decided the game. Wisconsin has allowed the second fewest turnovers the country, but unfortunately they came in the worst possible time this game. Their star player, Ethan Happ, committed eight of the turnovers which is very unusual for him.
Ethan Happ finished the game with 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. This is now his 40th straight game with scoring in double digits. Even though he had nearly half of the teams turnovers he still contributed to almost half of their points.
A big problem the Badgers seemed to have this game was allowing offensive rebounds. Seventeen of Purdue’s 38 rebounds were offensive and it could have been a lot worse but Purdue only converted 12 points from those offensive rebounds. Eleven of those rebounds came in the second half so the Badgers need to clean that up in order to win big games down the stretch.
Wisconsin really struggled to stop Carsen Edwards who is one of the top guards in the country. He scored a career high of 36 points against the Badgers. It seemed like whenever Wisconsin would pull close he would come down and hit a clutch basket to stop any momentum that they had.
The Badgers guard, D’Mitrik Trice has been struggling in their last four games going 4 for 23 from the three point line. In the game against Purdue he finally found his shot and made four out of his seven shots from behind the arc including two big three pointers to send the game into overtime. Even with his big game from behind the arc he still failed to make a shot inside the paint on seven attempts. He will need to find a way to continue to be a big spark for the badgers late in the game to keep them in it.
They really struggled to maintain high energy throughout the game. In the beginning of the first half they built an eleven point lead and continued to play strong by going on an impressive 16-1 run to carry the lead. They need to carry this energy into the second half instead of playing extremely flat which they have been doing in their last four games. Wisconsin has a very strong team this year and they just need to work out some of the kinks in order to make a deep run in March.