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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin 79, Mississippi Valley State 45


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Dec. 23, 2011

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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Mississippi Valley State
Kohl Center -- Madison, Wis.

TEAM NOTES
•    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

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
•    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.

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