The Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) take down the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (0-1) tonight, 81-58, inside the Kohl Center in the season opener and the first ever meeting between the two programs.
I really enjoyed watching the Badgers play a little hoops tonight. UW should benefit from not having an assistant coach trying to destroy the program from within for the first time in a few years.
The Badgers got off to a slow start offensively to begin the game and were a little sloppy the first two minutes of the second half, but I felt they played really well with all things considered.
I really like this UW roster. There’s not one selfish player in the bunch.
Greg Gard went plenty deep (13 players played) tonight on the bench to see what lineup combinations will work and it was really fun to watch.
To no surprise Chucky Hepburn got the start at point guard, he’s the first true freshman to start a season opener since Devin Harris in 2001, and Hepburn looked great.
Hepburn finished with 13 points on 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range with a rebound and an assist but did have two turnovers. I know this was a game against a lesser opponent, but I really loved how he played.
Johnny Davis led UW with 15 points on 6-of-15 from the field and 2-of-6 from 3-point range. Davis finished with five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Davis was a lot more aggressive tonight than he was all of last year which was a great thing to see.
Chris Vogt played 17 minutes tonight and finished with nine rebounds. I really liked the way he played defensively tonight. Vogt is already a better defender in the pick-and-roll’s than Micah Potter ever was for UW. As Gard said, he knows what he is.
Steven Crowl finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. My only frustration with Crowl is he needs to be a lot more aggressive going up for the shot instead of being soft and/or passive.
Overall UW was 29-of-66 (43.9%) from the field, 10-of-22 (45.5%) from 3-point range and 13-of-18 (72.2%) at the free throw line. The Badgers did have 12 turnovers, which isn’t horrendous, but it’s still not good. That turnover number needs to be at 10 or less.
Wisconsin will host the UW-Green Bay Phoenix (0-1) on Friday, November 12th at the Kohl Center. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on BTN+.
The legendary Bo Ryan will be honored at halftime. Bo Ryan is the all-time winningest coach in Wisconsin program history. Bo’s son Will Ryan is the head coach at UW-Green Bay.