Most of my game story from the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 84-74 loss to Creighton on Friday night was focused on the Badgers’ struggles on defense, but here are a few more things before we take a look at Arkansas.

The 74 points UW scored were the sixth-most in a non-overtime defeat since coach Bo Ryan was hired in 2001.

The 84 points allowed by the Badgers were the eighth-most they’ve allowed under Ryan in a non-overtime game and the 11th most overall.

Creighton averaged 1.27 points per possession overall and 1.39 in the second half. Bluejays coach Greg McDermott thought one of the keys was shot selection; he felt his team jacked up too many 3-pointers in the first half (3-of-14) and was much more efficient in the second half, when Creighton was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.

The Bluejays scored on nine consecutive possessions. Their longest drought – if you can even call it that – was four possessions. UW went six straight possessions without scoring at one point in the first half and had a stretch of five straight in the second half.

It’s not often you see a UW team average 1.10 points per possession and lose – much less by double digits – but that was the case Friday night.

Now, let’s move on to Arkansas. I wasn’t very impressed after watching the Razorbacks during the second half of their 83-68 loss to Arizona State on Friday night, but the one thing to keep an eye on is how UW’s young backcourt handles Arkansas’ relentless full-court pressure.

This isn’t like an NCAA tournament situation where the Badgers have a day of practice to prepare. They’re basically going off a scouting report. Of course, the same holds true for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are averaging 85.5 points per game and allowing 68.5.

Arkansas is led by sophomore guard BJ Young, who is averaging 21.3 points per game and had 29 against Arizona State. Junior forward Marshawn Powell is next in scoring at 13.8 per game.

The Razorbacks are coached by Mike Anderson, who is 21-15 in his second season at Arkansas.

UW and Arkansas have never played.

Reminder: The game starts at 7 p.m. central time and is not on television. It's on the web at For listeners in the Madison area, the game can be found on the radio at 92.1 FM and 101.5 FM.

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BadgerFan1, many of the points you make would apply in previous years, but not this year. With the loss of Gosser, this VERY young, VERY athletic team needs to find their identity, and they will. There is a lineup of Marshall, Brust, Evans, Dekker, Berggren that will be great. Brohannon and Bruiser being the first two off the bench. Jackson has no business out there. Evans is a HUGE defensive liability. The key is to get Dekker on the floor and leave him there.


With the exception of Dekker--the rest of the group are mediocre MAC level talent. Brust can not beat anybody off the dribble, Evans is a one trick pony (the little jump shot of the side--he can not handle the ball), Marshall is somewhat unknown but seems out of control and I would give him the jump shot all day. Bergerren is somewhat athletic but not nearly agressive enough. Brusewitz is as I mentioned ridiculous actually an embarassment. On top of this none of them seem committed to defense.


This is nor shaping up to be a good season. The inability to recruit Big 10 level players for most of the last 4 or so years is really beginning to show--I mean they were just walloped by a Missouri Valley team (do not start yelling about McDermott--in the past facing one big scorer would not have mattered--the guy is not Oscar Robertson or Pete Maravich). The lack of athleticism is really manifest this year, particularily on defense. I know he is just a college player and that he is trying but Brusewitz is an embarrassment--he has nog ame and simply crashes around often drawing fouls. Ina way this is getting what many wished for. In the past Ryans team would ride out the first 20 second or so of the time clock and then try to score (last year by just giving the ball to Taylor) but this year the team is throwing up shots when they see one (unfortunately often without success) thus contributing to the other team's ability to score. Less face it in the past against teams with more talent the plan was to slow the game keep it close and hope someone knocks down a three or so--this often worked ( Duke, Ohio St, MIch St, and so on)--this is not happening this year.

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