November 12, 2008

Post-Whitewater: Notes and quotes

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin basketball team knew what they had coming to the Kohl Center when it played UW-Whitewater Tuesday night. The Warhawks not only had the reigning conference player of the year, but it was also a team returning four starters from a great team a season ago.

While the close score throughout the first 30 minutes of the game may have surprised some Badger fans, it did not have the same effect on UW's coach Bo Ryan.

At the post-game press conference, Ryan, whose team utilized a late rally to win 64-47, only proposed one question to the media. "Did I look surprised?"

The following are notes from Tuesday's meeting with Whitewater:

-UW-Whitewater shot a blistering 47.8 percent from the field in the first half. However, once the Badgers tightened its defense, the Warhawks were only allowed to shoot 16.7 percent in the final 20 minutes.

-Over the final 10 minutes of the game, Whitewater did not convert a field goal, shooting 0-for-10 from the floor.

-Freshman guard Jordan Taylor turned the ball over three times in the first half with zero assists. In the second half, he had three assists and zero turnovers to finish the game even.

-Arguably Whitewater's best player Matt Goodwin was held to just 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field. The first team all-American was forced into three turnovers and held without an assist throughout the game, too.

-UW hit 3-of-12 three-point attempts during the game (25 percent) while Whitewater only connected on 2-of-13 attempts (15.4 percent).

-According to Ryan, Jon Leuer dominated practice in the week leading up to the game. However, his performance against UW-W failed to show that progress. He finished the game with four points, an assist and a turnover.

-Three of UW's five freshmen newcomers saw playing time. Taylor,(21 minutes) Robert Wilson (seven minutes) and Ryan Evans (one minute) got on the floor. The two new big men Ian Markolf and Jared Berggren did not get on the floor.

The following are quotes from Tuesday's meeting with Whitewater:

Whitewater head coach Pat Miller on his team's performance:

"I thought we held our own for 30 minutes and then I think we got a little tired. Their strength and athleticism wore us down and it was really telling down the stretch. On the glass clearly we had problems."

Ryan on whether people should read into the two freshmen big men not playing:

"Just a smaller team. In practice they got a lot of reps yesterday (Monday) against each other doing some things. There's no surprise there. Plus, in this non-conference, look at some of the teams that we might play potentially with the line-ups they might have out on the court with their quickness and slashing ability. So feet are something that really the bigs have to work on."

Joe Krabbenhoft on the poke to the eye he suffered in the first half:

"I was trying to make a post move and get to the free throw line. I guess I didn't get fouled hard enough."

Marcus Landry on the team's 16-5 offensive rebound margin:

"It's something that the coaches always emphasize in practice as well as going to the glass and things like that. We say at halftime, the score is zero-zero and they were right in the game. So, we came out and really hunted down some offensive rebounds and things like that. It really helped us out."

Jason Bohannon on the last time he fouled out of a game:

"It's been quite a while. I kind of questioned some of those calls but I have to go with it and keep playing. I have to get better in the next game."

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