Feb. 6, 2011
Star of the Game
With Sunday’s game serving as the national broadcast for CBS, the eyes of the college basketball world were set on the Kohl Center. Jordan Taylor seemed to relish the spotlight as he exploded for a career-high 30 points in the Badgers’ 26-point victory over Michigan State. Taylor was his usual efficient self as he was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. In addition, the junior guard, who entered the game leading the nation with a 3.80 assist-to-turnover ratio, dished out six assists and turned it over just once. With his performance, Taylor became the first UW player to hit the 30-point mark since Jason Bohannon scored 30 against Indiana on Feb. 13, 2010.
Play of the Game
The Badgers matched their largest lead of the first half when Jon Leuer showed off his athleticism late in the first half. Leuer took a pass on the left elbow, dribbled into the lane and spun to his left before laying in a sweet finger roll. The bucket gave Wisconsin a 41-22 lead with 1:09 to play in the first half. Leuer finished the game with 20 points marking the 10th time this season he’s gone for at least 20 and the 18th time in his career. He has reached double figures in 29 straight games and has scored at least 18 in the past six contests.
Turning Point of the Game
With Wisconsin holding a 10-9 lead with 13:07 to play in the first half, Tim Jarmusz nailed his only field goal of the game as he drained a 3-pointer to push the lead to 13-9. Michigan State would not get any closer as Wisconsin went on a 14-2 run to turn the one-point lead into a 13-point lead at 24-11. The Badgers eventually would lead by as much as 33 in the second half. Jarmusz finished the game with nine points thanks to a career-high six free throws made.
Stat of the Game
Wisconsin entered the game as the nation’s top free-throw shooting team, making 81.8 percent of its attempts. Harvard was in second place at 79.9, but that margin has grown after Sunday’s contest. The Badgers set a Kohl Center record for free-throw percentage by making 25-of-26 (96.2 percent) tries. It surpassed the mark of 94.4 percent set earlier this season against Minnesota. Bo Ryan’s teams are now 82-10 all-time when shooting at least 25 free throws.