It’s part three of our series looking back at the individuals that made up the 2011-12 Badgers and how they performed and contributed to the Sweet 16 effort. Today it’s the Bruiser himself, Mike Bruesewitz under the microscope as Cole and I had out our grade and our reasoning behind it.
Mike Bruesewitz entered 2012 as one of the only front court players we knew anything solid about. The previous year he started 13 games and played nearly 20 minutes a ball game. He was expected to be someone the Badgers leaned on up front because of his experience and because he is known for his effort on the defensive floor. But did his play match expectations?
5.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg, 38.7%FG shooting, 28.4% 3pt shooting, 70.6%FT shooting
– Wisconsin started the same lineup for every game this year, the only team in all of Division I to do so and Bruesewitz was among that group. However, he didn’t really take the leap on the offensive end that some were hoping for. The redshirt junior only averaged one more point per game despite playing nearly 6 more minutes a game. He ended up averaging just 5.6ppg in 2011-12 and shot a putride 38.6% from the field this year. On the plus side he did dish out 57 assists on the year. The grades would’ve been lower had he not been someone that did well on the defensive end of the court where he ripped down an average of 5.2 rebounds a game and did well against some of the better 3’s in the game. Overall he scored in double digits 6 times for the Badgers this season, including a high of 13 points twice ( vs. BYU, Northwestern). His best game was easily the home contest against Ohio State where Bruiser had a double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.