Dec. 23, 2011
Box Score |
Wisconsin vs. Mississippi Valley State
Kohl Center -- Madison, Wis.
No. 13 Wisconsin has won five straight games and improves to 11-2 on the season.
The Badgers finished the non-conference schedule with 11 wins, their most since going 14-1 in 2006-07.
Wisconsin has won 45 consecutive home games against unranked non-conference foes.
UW is 160-12 (.930) at home under Bo Ryan, including a mark of 82-6 (.932) against non-conference opponents.
Wisconsin posted season highs in both free throw attempts (31) and free throw makes (44). It was the most makes since UW converted 34-of-40 last season against Illinois on Jan. 15, 2011, while it was the most attempts since the Badgers recorded 31-of-44 against Pittsburgh on Dec. 16, 2006.
UW boasted a 17-0 scoring run early in the first half, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 17-2 lead over a span of 5:08.
The Badgers held Mississippi Valley State to a field goal drought of 11:07. MVSU went without a basket from 2:09 left in the first to 11:02 left in the second half. UW out-scored the Delta Devils 17-4 over that span.
Wisconsin out-rebounded MVSU, 39-23. The Badgers are 9-0 this season when grabbing more rebounds than their opponent.
The Badgers are 83-10 (.893) under Bo Ryan when attempting 25 or more free throws in a game.
Wisconsin shot exactly 50 percent from the field (22-of-44), marking the sixth time UW has shot 50 percent or better in a game this season.
The Badgers have now held 11 of 13 opponents to their season-low point total. MVSU's previous season low was 54 points against Florida.
Wisconsin has held 8 of its 13 opponents to 45 points or less. The Badgers are now 29-1 under Bo Ryan when holding opponents under 45 points.
UW has held 17 consecutive opponents to 65 points or fewer, the nation's longest such streak.
The Badgers finished the non-conference schedule leading the nation in scoring defense, allowing 44.7 points per game.
The Badgers gave up fewer points per game against their non-conference schedule than any team in the last decade and a half.
Fewest Points/Gm Allowed to Non-Conference Opp, Single Season -Since 1996-97 (Minimum 5 Games)
2011-12 Wisconsin Badgers 44.7
2003-04 Air Force Falcons 46.7
1996-97 North Carolina State Wolfpack 48.8
2007-08 Washington State Cougars 49.7
Senior Jordan Taylor finished with 17 points in 27 minutes, one shy of his season high. Taylor has reached double figure points in eight of the last nine games.
Junior Jared Berggren scored 15 points, the third time he's reach 15 points in a game this season.
Junior Ryan Evans posted a career-high 11 rebounds, while adding five points, two assists, one block and one steal.
Sophomore Josh Gasser has now scored in double figures in back-to-back games after tallying 11 points Friday night. Gasser also matched his career high with 10 free throw attempts.
Freshman Jordan Smith scored his first career points, finishing with five points on 2-for-2 shooting.