Jan. 5, 2011
Star of the Game
Entering Wednesday night’s game, Wisconsin was 1-3 when trailing at the half, compared to a 10-0 record when leading at the break. When the first 20 minutes ended against the Wolverines, and the Badgers were down 28-26, it could’ve been a reason for concern. However, Jordan Taylor scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half as the Badgers pulled away for a 66-50 win. The junior guard, who was three points off his career high, added eight rebounds, three assists and one steal to round out his night.
Play of the Game
Late in the first half, Keaton Nankivil tried a 3-point attempt but came up short. Luckily, Taylor was there to grab the ball out of the air deep along the baseline. Backing his way into the paint against Michigan’s Stu Douglass, Taylor gave a fake to his left, turned to his right and went up with his left hand (his off-hand) for a baby hook shot. The bucket cut the Michigan lead to two points at the intermission.
Turning Point of the Game
Trailing 30-26 early in the second half, Wisconsin went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:49 to take a lead it would not relinquish. The spurt was highlighted by Taylor who knocked down three 3-pointers to jumpstart the offense. Nankivil added a 3-pointer of his own, while Jon Leuer chipped in with two points and three rebounds and Josh Gasser added a bucket of his own. In the same stretch, the Badger defense held Michigan to just one field goal on five shots while forcing three turnovers.
Stat of the Game
During Wisconsin’s 13-0 run in the second half, the Badger defense held Michigan scoreless for a stretch of 4:49. That type of prolonged drought has been a common occurrence for UW opponents this year. Through 15 games this season, the Badgers have now forced opponents into droughts of 4:00 or longer 19 times, an average of 1.3 droughts per game. Over the last two seasons, Wisconsin is now 39-3 (.929) when forcing a 4:00 scoreless streak.