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Badgers Suffer Hangover, Downed by Hawkeyes 70-66

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An absolutely abominable first half for Wisconsin (13-5, 4-1 B1G) was to much to overcome, as the Badgers stumbled to their first Big Ten loss at the hands of Iowa (13-5, 2-3 B1G). The Hawkeyes took down the Badgers 70-66 in front of a lethal Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd.

In the stat book, Wisconsin played a pretty even game with Iowa. The two teams oddly enough both shot 43.1% from the field, and the Badgers even shot better then the Hawkeyes from downtown!

The difference in the game? Turnovers. Wisconsin had 12 throw aways while the young Iowa squad had just six.

It really was a tale of two halfs, considering the Badgers outscored Iowa 48-36 in the 2nd. If it weren't for their awful offensive output in the first half, they would have won this game. 

Let's jump in to the Player Grades.

 

Player Stats/Thoughts Grade
Ben Brust, G
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7pts, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 33 minutes

Every time Ben Brust had the ball in his hands, the Iowa crowd rained the boos down on him. You have to think that got to his head a bit tonight, as Brust really had nothing going throughout the game. 

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Mike Bruesewitz, F
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7 points, 9 rebounds, 31 minutes

As usual, the Bruiser was flying all over the court and really made some nice hustle plays. He really didn't have too great of a night offensively, and he didn't play spectacular D either.

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Ryan Evans, F
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6 points, 2-7 FG's, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 28 minutes

 Evans got in to some foul trouble early, spent a lot of time on the bench and eventually fouled out. He had some nice passes, but not his best contribution this season.

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Traevon Jackson, G
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3 points, 3 rebounds, 1-10 FG's, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 31 minutes

Jackson was looking for his shot all game, and it wasn't falling for him. You could tell he was having a rough night after he shot a corner floater about 5 feet past the hoop. His only made bucket was a trey ball. Just an awful game for the sophomore.

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Jared Berggren, F
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8 points, 5 rebounds, 4-9 FG's, 27 minutes

It was a "meh" performance all around for the Badgers' senior trio, and the same applied for Berggren. While Bo seemed to run the offense through him early in the season, Bergs has seem to lost his niche in this offense.

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George Marshall, G
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20 points, 7-10 FG's, 1 assist, 15 minutes

If tonight's game was NBA Jam, George Marshall would have been "on fire"! Marshall scored all of his ridiculous 20 points late in the 2nd half, which lifted UW to a point where they were down by just three. More on Marshall below. 

Sam Dekker, F
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13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers, 27 minutes

Dekker did some nice things tonight; including hitting threes on back to back possessions that helped spark a Wisconsin comeback. The 5 turnovers he committed really put a damper on what was a pretty solid performance from the freshman.

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Three Takeaways

- With Frank Kaminsky out with an eye injury, and Evans, Berggren and Bruesewitz all getting in foul trouble early, this was a night Bo Ryan really needed another big man in the rotation. Well, he did have that guy until former Badger Jarrod Uthoff decided to transfer to Iowa last spring. Even though Uthoff saw no floor time for either squad this game (must sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules), he may have been this games Most Valuable Player!

- Despite my inspiring game preview where I begged the Badgers to attack the basket and show some energy on offense, they were extremely lethargic and were content to chuck up threes early. What did that lead to? A deficit that they couldn't overcome. It was just an awful night for the Badgers on the offensive side of the ball.

- Tonight we saw the offensive potential of George Marshall. He immediately came in and exploded, you could tell he wanted to take over that game. His drives to the hoop (including a ridiculous and one that gave the Badgers some serious hope late in the game), along with his blistering three pointers (3-4 from downtown on the night) gave Wisconsin that offensive spark they lacked all game. Marshall has a chance to be a seriously special player for Bo Ryan. Let's just hope he keeps up his mentality to take it to the hoop. 

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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