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Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee


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Dec. 22, 2012

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Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee
Dec. 22, 2012
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

UW Head Coach Bo Ryan

On team making the extra passes:
“It’s always good when you see guys sharing the ball, reading and reacting to what the defense is doing. When they tried to double a few times, I thought our post player -- sometimes it’s Jared (Berggren), Ryan (Evans) or Mike (Bruesewitz) -- once they saw the double team they were able to get it out to an open guy and over to the other side. When you do that and move the ball you can get some pretty good looks. Then you got to knock them down. I like the fact that we didn’t take as many 3’s as there appeared. We did touch the post quite a bit and we just need to finish better. I thought if we would have finished a little bit better it could’ve helped our guys to say, ‘Hey, we can keep going inside if we keep working at it.’”

On the performance of Ryan Evans and his ability to bounce back:
“Well, it’s a game of what’s next. You take a baseball player in the first eight games of the season, he’s batting .150 and then he gets on a hot streak. There will be ups and downs. It’s whether or not players work hard, do the things defensively that need to be done--so much more to the game than just points. But, you’ve got to have [points]. When you get your opportunities, you get your opportunities to score. [Ryan] is one of those guys I was referring to that needs to finish better inside and his percentage will be even better.”

On Mike Bruesewitz in his first game back since suffering a concussion:
“A little rough around the edges, which is to be expected. I’m glad he got some good quality minutes in there. If you’re not around the speed of the game you tend to pay for it a little bit early when you come back. We’ll get these guys back here on (Dec.) 26th, we get some timing back and get some things working, get ready for the final non-conference game and then the Big Ten.”

On evaluation of team’s play in non-conference:
“Our guys are giving the effort. I would say that we’ve been on the short end against some teams that if you’re not playing well--there are some teams you might not play well against and still get one on the left hand side. The teams that knocked us off are the teams that if you don’t play well you’re going to be on the right side. There are a couple teams that we did play well against. I thought the second half against Arkansas, Green Bay is a pretty good team (and) Milwaukee is going to play better in the league. There are some bright signs that guys can refer to or have a reference point in their own minds. The league is so good that improvements still have to be made. I sure like the way they’ve hung in there. They’re not hanging their heads and they’re not feeling sorry for themselves and nobody else is. A lot more basketball left to play.”

Senior Ryan Evans

On if the break for final exams helped:
“I think just being able to have more focus on basketball in general has kind of helped me out and I think it is helping the rest of us out. But yeah, a lot of stress has been off my shoulders. A lot of classroom stress.”

On playing with more confidence tonight:
“Yeah, I think I did well against this team last year. They give me quite a few shots, but guys like Traevon (Jackson), how many assists did we have tonight? I mean, a lot of those points were from assists. So, you know, guys just looking for each other and they are playing off me, so I’m going to take the shots.”

On possibly finding their identity:
“Yeah and I think offensively we are coming around a little bit but defensively we still have a ways to go.”

Senior Jared Berggren

On possibly finding their identity:
“A little bit. I mean it is still a work in progress. There are obviously still some things to improve on, but I thought we did a better job tonight. We got the ball inside a little bit when they were double-teaming. We got some pretty good production out of either moving the ball or hitting some outside shots out of it. We did a decent job defensively. The first half was quite a bit better than the second half. The second half we let things get away from us a little bit. So there is still room for improvement, but I think we are definitely making progress.”

Sophomore Traevon Jackson

On adjusting to a starting role:
“Every day is a day for me to get better and to acclimate myself within the team. But that is where practice is coming to an advantage, you know obviously we have these days off, so I’m just staying in the gym a lot and communicating more, just doing things like that. So it is going to come, you just have to stay positive. Tonight was a good night for us and a good night for me individually.”

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