Wisconsin team notes
- Wisconsin has won seven straight games and improves to 11-2 on the season and 8-0 at the Kohl Center.
- Wisconsin is 70-6 (.921) in Big Ten home games under Bo Ryan.
- With just two turnovers, the Badgers had five or fewer for the fourth time this season. UW improved its nation-leading average of turnovers per game, lowering it to 8.5.
- A season-high nine blocked shots put Wisconsin within three of the program record of 12 blocks, set against Northwestern on March 9, 2000.
- Including a 17-of-18 performance Tuesday night, Wisconsin leads the Big Ten, shooting 80.5 percent from the line.
- Wisconsin held Minnesota to just 60 points, marking the 10th time in 13 games this season that UW had held an opponent to 60 points or fewer. Wisconsin is 9-1 in such games.
- The Badgers have held opponents under 70 points in 32 consecutive home games (excluding overtime), tying them with the Ohio State Buckeyes for the longest streak in the nation.
Wisconsin player notes
- Senior forward Jon Leuer became the 36th player in Wisconsin history -- and the 10th in Ryan's 10 years -- to score 1,000 career points.
- Wisconsin's starting backcourt of Jordan Taylor and Josh Gasser combined for 10 assists and one turnover. In the last two games, the duo has had 20 assists and one turnover.
- Tim Jarmusz went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, making him a 7-of-8 from 3-point range over the last two games.
- Jared Berggren led Wisconsin with a career-high three blocked shots. He also added eight points and four boards.
Ryan on Taylor:
"You have to love his character, his demeanor and his work ethic. I'll never get tired of saying those things about a young man that handles himself that way Jordan Taylor does. If you get tired of hearing it, plug your ears. Jordan is the real deal."
Ryan on the last offensive rebound:
"I thought that was pretty key, because then they had to foul and we got to the line to make our free throws. I thought that was a great job stepping to the line and closing the game out. You have to give every one of those guys that got to the line a lot of credit. That rebound there was huge because then they knew they couldn't let us run the clock out and it was only a two-point game at that time."
Ryan on Berggren and the bench:
"He had fire and passion and will. All the players that have ever played for us know what we like and he definitely gave it. I think he should do that every game. I just want out guys to be steadier. Passion and energy is something you can bring every time, because talent is not involved. Jared is getting there. We've always felt he's going to be a good player. He's starting to do that, right here in front of the public."
Leuer on his offensive rebound late in the game:
"I saw the shot clock was down, I always try to go to the glass as hard as I can, and that was a case where nobody blocked me out. I was able to go freely to the glass. Fortunately, it just kind of grazed the rim and kind of fell right into my lap. At that point, I just thought, get it out, and know the time and score to work the clock a little bit. We would have had a layup there, but they fouled Keaton."
Leuer on what kind of statement was made with this win:
"It was a big game for us, and we're going to try to use it as momentum into the Big Ten season. Right now we have to start focusing on Illinois. We'll enjoy this one, but look to Illinois."
Taylor on the shot that led to Leuer's big offensive rebound:
"I don't know it if was tipped, it wasn't in my opinion, but I missed the shot. Coach is always talking about going to the glass hard and Jon, Keaton and Mike have all been doing a great job of that this year. It was probably the biggest offensive rebound to this point in our season. It was only one out of four, but you have to keep working, keep trying. Like I said, I don't think it's going to be talked about that much, but I still think that it's the biggest play of the game and allowed us to get the victory tonight."
Taylor on taking care of the ball and getting to the free throw line:
"We stressed making more free throws than them. I think they came into the game shooting 28 free throws a game, or something like that. That's a really good team, especially rebounding. They had some monsters down there in Trevor [Mbakwe] and Ralph [Sampson III].
"For us, we were just trying to match their physicality and neutralize that and get to the line ourselves. We wanted to keep them off the line. We got outrebounded 42-24, but they only shot 15 free throws, so for the most part, we did a pretty good job. We'll see that again with teams like Michigan State, who are going to be good rebounders. We just need to keep working to get better and keep teams off the board.
"Turnover, I remember mine, but anytime you have two turnovers in a game, you give yourselves a pretty good chance to win. They probably should have counted the blocked shot off the backboard because it turns into a layup. We took care of the ball, made good decisions for the most part, and scoring 68 points off that team is a pretty good accomplishment. They have some long, athletic guys who can really defend. That's a good team, we're just happy to have the win."
Keaton Nankivil on what kind of performance Taylor had:
"All season I look at Jordan as a floor leader in the way he controls the tempo of our team. Not only in terms of actual basketball, but the kind of aggressiveness, how he plays is really controlling of how we, as a team, end up playing. Tonight, I saw him pushing through some fatigue, and a lot of minutes against some very tough guards defensively. As a teammate, to see him do that it really inspires us to keep going."
Nankivil on he and Taylor hitting threes after Minnesota got the lead:
"I think it was just taking advantage of open shots. Jon was able to draw two defenders into the middle of the paint, so I just stepped up behind him where I thought he'd see me. It was an open shot and a good look for us. We go down, whatever it was, one point, I think we picked up a sense of urgency and kind of made a little push there to get back in the lead and hold that for the rest of the game."
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