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.
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