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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin at Northwestern


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Jan. 23, 2011

 

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Team Notes
•    No. 17/18 Wisconsin improved to 15-4 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play.

•    The Badgers have won eight of the last nine meetings overall vs. Northwestern.

•    Wisconsin has won four of its last five games at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

•    Bo Ryan improves to 13-4 all-time vs. the Wildcats.

•    Wisconsin's 76 points were its most in a game vs. Northwestern since a 97-73 win on Jan. 28, 1995.

•    UW's 32-point margin of victory tied as the largest winning margin in a Big Ten road game in school history. Wisconsin won at Indiana, 78-46, on Feb. 25, 2010.

•    Wisconsin posted 22 assists, tying its season high. UW also dished out 22 assists in the season-opening win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 14, 2010.

•    The Badgers connected on 55.4 percent of their shots, shooting 31-of-56 from the field. This marked the first time UW shot 50 percent or higher from the floor since connecting on 50.0 percent vs.
NC State on Dec. 1, 2010.

•    Wisconsin went 12-for-26 from 3-point range. UW's 12 triples mark the team's highest total during Big Ten play this year.

•    Wisconsin committed just three turnovers against Northwestern, the seventh time this season and fourth time in Big Ten play that UW has turned it over five or fewer times. (Northwestern entered Sunday averaging 14.8 forced turnovers per game)

•    The Badgers posted a 32-18 rebounding edge over Northwestern. UW has out-rebounded the Wildcats in each of the last nine meetings.

•    Northwestern's 18 rebounds were the fewest for a UW opponent since Prairie View A&M pulled down 16 in the season opener on Nov. 14, 2010.

•    Wisconsin had five players score in double figures for the second time this season. UW also posted five players with 10 or more points vs. North Dakota on Nov. 16, 2010.

Individual Notes
•    Josh Gasser finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, recording the first triple-double in Wisconsin history.

•    Gasser's triple-double is also the first in the Big Ten this season and just the 11th among NCAA Div. I players this season. Gasser is the only freshman in the nation to have posted a triple-double this season.

•    Gasser becomes the first Big Ten freshman to record an official triple-double. Earvin “Magic” Johnson had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a 103-74 win on Dec. 21, 1977 at Detroit, but the NCAA did not recognize assists as an official statistical category until 1983-84.

•    Gasser is also the first Big Ten player to reach that feat in a Big Ten conference game since Illinois’ Sergio McClain had 10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists vs. Michigan on Jan. 13, 2001.

•    Gasser also posted the Big Ten's first triple-double on the road since Northwestern’s Evan Eschmeyer had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 81-78 loss to Indiana on Jan. 13, 1999.

•    Gasser surpassed his previous career highs of nine rebounds and four assists. This also marked Gasser's third-career game scoring in double figures.

•    Jon Leuer scored a game-high 19 points, while adding two rebounds and one assist. Leuer has scored in double figures in 26 consecutive games.

•    Jordan Taylor finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Taylor has scored in double figures in 15 straight games and 18 of 19 games this season.

•    With four assists and zero turnovers, Taylor improved his assist-to-turnover ratio to 4.14 on the season, which ranks No. 1 in the NCAA.

•    Senior Keaton Nankivil scored 16 points and added five rebounds, one block and one steal. Nankivil has scored in double digits in nine of the last 11 games.

•    Sophomore Mike Bruesewitz tallied 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. That marked Bruesewitz's third-career game in double figures.

Defensive Notes
•    Wisconsin limited Northwestern to a season-low 46 points. The Wildcats' previous low total was 62 in a loss to Michigan State on Jan. 3, 2011. Northwestern entered play averaging 78.2 points per game.

•    The Badgers, who entered Sunday ranking fourth in the nation in points allowed, have held 11 of their 19 opponents under 60 points this season. UW is 148-14 (.914) under Bo Ryan when keeping teams below the 60-point mark.

•    Wisconsin held Northwestern scoreless for exactly 6:00 during the second half. The Badgers have forced 21 scoring droughts of 4:00 or longer this season.

First Half Notes
•    Wisconsin's 45 first-half points were UW's most in a Big Ten game this season, surpassing the previous high of 34 in a loss at Illinois (1/2/11).

•    The 45 first-half points also marked the team's second-highest total of the season, next to the 47 points UW scored vs. Coppin State (12/23/10).

•    UW's 62.1 percent field goal shooting in the first half ranks as the team's top first-half mark in conference play and the second-highest percentage of the season. UW shot 65.2 percent during the first half against North Dakota (11/16/10).

•    UW committed just one turnover in the first half, compared to 13 assists.

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