Jan. 26, 2013
Player of the Game
Traevon Jackson didn’t lead the Badgers in any statistical category on the box score, but that’s only because “clutch shots” aren’t listed on the final stat sheet from Wisconsin’s 45-44 win over No. 12 Minnesota. The sophomore guard gave the Badgers what they needed late Saturday, tying the game on a jumper with just over a minute to play and then beating the shot clock with what proved to be the game-winning basket with 2.1 seconds left. He finished with nine points in 25 minutes of action, with none bigger than his contributions over the game’s final 63 seconds.
Play of the Game
Jackson’s game-tying effort provided a lift to the Badgers -- who hadn’t scored in more than four minutes and watched Minnesota move out to a 43-41 lead -- but it was his game-winner that was the highlight of the day. With the shot clock ticking down to 3, Jackson took Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe off the dribble and rolled to his right. He shot-faked and forced Mbakwe to leave his feet, opening a clear look at the basket from the right wing as the shot clock hit 1. Jackson didn’t blink, pulling the trigger on a jumper that just beat the buzzer and staked UW to a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. “You can make a play in four seconds,” Jackson said. “I was able to get him in the air and got a nice little roll on the rim and we won the game.”
Turning Point of the Game
Jackson provided the difference on the scoreboard, but he had the opportunity thanks to Ben Brust’s effort on the other end of the floor. After Jackson tied things up with 1:03 to play, Brust matched the effort on the defensive end by sliding in as a help defender and holding his ground to draw a charge on a driving Andre Hollins. “A lot of people concern themselves about making an offensive play,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “He made a play that helped us get that ball game on the left hand side. That was a huge charge to draw.” The resulting turnover kept Minnesota from taking a lead and gave the Badgers a chance to shoot for the win with 39 seconds to play, an opportunity Jackson made the most of.
Stat of the Game
Keeping the Gophers off the glass was a priority for the Badgers, and UW managed to limit the impact of Minnesota’s offensive rebounding prowess. The Gophers entered Saturday’s game grabbing offensive rebounds on a remarkable 48 percent of their missed field goals. The Badgers minimized that threat by allowing Minnesota offensive rebounds on just 8 of its 30 missed shots (26.7 percent). The Gophers finished with just four second-chance points. “Whenever you can keep them off the glass, take their garbage buckets away and slow them down, it’s going to make it tougher on them,” freshman Sam Dekker said.