Dec. 28, 2010
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• Wisconsin has won seven-straight games and improves to 11-2 on the season and 8-0 at the Kohl Center.
• Overall, the Badgers have won 11 consecutive home games.
• Under head coach Bo Ryan, the Badgers improve to 8-2 in Big Ten openers, including wins in the last eight-straight conference-opening games. UW is 10-0 in Big Ten home openers under Ryan.
• Also under Ryan, the Badgers are 108-42 (.720) overall, the best record in the league since 2001-02. Michigan State has the next best record over that span at 102-48 (.680).
• Ryan is the winningest head coach in the Big Ten at 72.0 percent.
• At home in the Big Ten, Wisconsin is 70-6 (.921) under Ryan
• The Badgers are 1-0 against ranked opponents this season with the win over No. 13 Minnesota.
• Thursday’s sellout crowd marked the 130th consecutive sellout at the Kohl Center.
• Wisconsin had just two turnovers, marking its fourth game this season with five or fewer. UW improved its nation-leading average of turnovers per game to 8.5.
• With a season-high nine blocked shots, the Badgers were just three shy of the program-record 12 blocks set against Northwestern on March 9, 2000.
• In the Gophers' last appearance at the Kohl Center, a 78-74 overtime win on Jan. 15, 2009, the Badgers turned the ball over 18 times compared to just two in Tuesday's game. The teams combined for 36 turnovers in that game and totaled just 10 in this season's meeting.
• The Badgers went 17-of-18 from the free throw line, including perfect shooting by Jon Leuer (6-for-6) and Keaton Nankivil (3-for-3). Wisconsin leads the Big Ten, shooting 80.5 percent from the line.
• Wisconsin held the advantage from 3-point range, shooting 37.5 percent (9-of-24) to Minnesota’s 25.0 percent (3-of-12) from beyond the arc.
• After outshooting the Gophers .412 to .390 from the field, UW improves to 10-0 when shooting a higher FG percentage than its opponent. In fact, Wisconsin has won 31 straight games when posting a higher FG% than its opponents. UW’s last loss when out-shooting its foe was a 73-69 overtime loss at Iowa on Jan. 21, 2009. UW shot .475 in that game, while Iowa shot .465.
• The Badgers held Minnesota to just 60 points, marking the 10th time in 13 games this season UW has held an opponent to 60 points or less. Wisconsin is 9-1 in such games.
• Wisconsin has now held its opponent below 70 points in 32 consecutive home games (excluding overtime). That is tied with Ohio State as the longest streak in the nation.
• Senior Jon Leuer became the 36th player in Wisconsin history – and 10th player in Bo Ryan’s 10 seasons at UW – to score 1,000 career points. With 16 against Minnesota, Leuer now has 1,009 career points. The game also marked Leuer’s 20th consecutive game in double figures.
• Junior Jordan Taylor led all players with a season-best 22 points, marking his 12th double-digit scoring performance in 13 games this season. Taylor was 8-for-9 from the charity stripe and tied for the game-high with seven assists and only one turnover. Taylor’s and-one with 1:10 remaining gave the Badgers a four-point lead at 62-58. The game was Taylor’s eighth-career 20-point game and his fifth of the season.
• The Badgers’ starting backcourt of Taylor and freshman Josh Gasser combined for 10 assists and one turnover. In the last two games, the duo had 20 assists and one turnover.
• Senior Tim Jarmusz scored nine points on a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range and is 7-of-8 from beyond the arc in the last two games.
• Sophomore Mike Bruesewitz had a career-high two blocks, doubling his career total of two blocks coming into the game.
• Senior Keaton Nankivil sunk a season-high three free throws en route to 11 points, marking his fourth double-figure scoring effort in the last five games.
• Redshirt sophomore Jared Berggren led Wisconsin with a career-high three blocked shots. He also added eight points and four boards.