Badgers Hoops Recap: Jackson saves the Day for UW

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As Badger fans we've seen our fair share of crazy games and late game heroics under Bo Ryan, but this season will be remembered for two of the best all-time finishes in school history thanks to Traevon Jackson's heroics in Sunday's 63-60 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley.

While it wasn't all pretty for the Badgers they did get an all around effort on the offensive end as four players scored in double figures, led by Jackson's 15 point effort. Sam Dekker (14), Ben Brust (13), and Jared Berggren all joined Jackson in the scoring parade. 

It also helped that Wisconsin had it's been free throw shooting outing of the year, knocking down 12-15 from the charity stripe (80%). 

Credit Penn State for playing far better basketball now than they were early on in the season to say the least. With the win and the Michigan loss Wisconsin will be the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will receive a bye into the quarterfinals where it will face the winner of Michigan vs. Penn State. 

So, without further ado, it's time to get the grades going! 

Player Grades:

Player Stats/Thoughts Grade
Mike Bruesewitz, F

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4pts, 2 rebounds, 0-3 FG's, 4-4 FT's, 3 assists, 27 min.

If it weren't for his performance from the free throw line this would've been one of, if not the worst performance of Bruesewitz's season. As is, it wasn't good all the way around. He wasn't effective on either end, but he did keep his teammates involved

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Jared Berggren, F

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12pts, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 6-8 FG's, 34 min.

Finally, it seems like forever since we had a game where Berggren made his mark felt on a game. A double-double will do that, huh? This was a good way to get back on track and hard to argue with a near perfect game in all facets. 

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Ben Brust, G

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13pts, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 5-11 FG's, 3-7 3pt FG's, 36 min.

Brust wasn't quite himself on the defensive end and he needed a good volume of shots to get in to double digits. However, considering the game flow he did a great job of also getting others involved in the offense when his shots weren't falling.

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Ryan Evans, F

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2pts, 4 rebounds, 1-4 FG's, 4 fouls, 19 min.

Evans was in foul trouble nearly all game and played the fewest minutes he has played all season long. He just wasn't able to get into any groove and it hurt this team.

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Traevon Jackson, G

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15pts, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 6-11 FG's, 3-3 3pt FG's, 31 min.

Now this is more of what we would've like to have seen from Jackson all season. Effort's like this make the games where he struggles even more frustrating. That last second shot is worth an A all on it's own.

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George Marshall, G

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1pt, 1-2 FT's, 9 min.

Marshall didn't see much in the way of action, but that's what happens when the other point guard has a hot hand going and it's a tight game. Marshall also didn't help himself with some less than stellar defense as well. That's got to improve come tournament time.

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Sam Dekker, F

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14pts, 4 rebounds, 3-11 FG's, 7-8 FT's, 34 min.

Dekker didn't shoot the ball as terrible as the stats show you, but he did something sorely missing from this team – attack the basket and hit his free throws. His defense keeps getting better as well & you can't say he didn't go all out in this one.

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Zak Showalter, G

0pts, 1 rebound, 4 min.

He didn't play enough minutes to register much in the way of stats or thoughts, other than damn can that guy get up there as he SKIED for his one rebound.

N/A
Frank Kaminsky, F

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2pts, 1 rebound, 1-2 FG's, 2 turnovers, 6 min.

Kaminsky had the glasses off today, perhaps he should put them back on…. This wasn't pretty for him in limited minutes.

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3 Takeaways:

- Thank god for Traevon Jackson… Or Mr. Jackson if you're nasty – otherwise just about everything else in the final four minutes was designed to go the way of Penn State. 

- Wisconsin needs to clean up things on the defensive end of the court. They're not the same defensive team as they were a year ago, but hope comes from the effort we saw out of Berggren and Dekker today. 

- It's clear this team is starting to lose it's legs as of late. Need proof? Showalter and Kaminsky are seeing some decent minutes as of late and that's a good thing. This team needs some rest to get things back to where they were about two weeks ago. Depth or a lackthereof has hurt this team as of late if you ask me.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy has been covering college football for nearly half a decade and is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadgers.com. He's also a featured columnist covering college football for Bleacher Report.

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