March 17, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Go ‘Beyond the Box’ score with notes and analysis from Wisconsin’s, 72-58, win over Belmont in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
STAR OF THE GAME
Jordan Taylor earns top honors Thursday, scoring 21 points and dishing six assists. Taylor connected on five 3-pointers and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Taylor had a particularly impressive stretch late in the first half when Wisconsin made five straight 3-pointers. The junior guard connected on a pair himself and assisted each of the other three.
Honorable mention to Mike Bruesewitz and Jon Leuer. Just six days after spraining his knee in the Big Ten tournament, “Bruiser” chipped in eight points and a career-high nine rebounds. Leuer tallied a game-high 22 points and seven rebounds.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Wisconsin’s All-American candidates hooked up on Thursday’s play of the game midway through the second half. Taylor penetrated down the left lane line, waited for the help defense to commit then floated an alley-oop lob to Leuer for a two-handed dunk.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Wisconsin’s aforementioned 3-point binge late in the first half was defining point of the Badger win. Trailing 20-17 with 5:36 left in the first half, the Badgers connected on treys in five straight possessions en route to opening a 32-25 lead just before intermission.
Four different players connected from downtown as Taylor (2), Bruesewitz, Leuer and Tim Jarmusz all contributed. Belmont never got within a one-possession game after that stretch.
STAT OF THE GAME
2-of-21 and 12-of-22
That’s about all you need to know. Wisconsin shot an ice cold 2-of-21 (9.5 percent) on 3-pointers in its last game – an ugly loss to Penn State at the Big Ten tournament – but was much hotter Thursday night, knocking down 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) of its triples.
• Wisconsin is now 22-15 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including 13-9 under Bo Ryan
• Bo Ryan-coached teams are 9-1 in the team’s opening game of the NCAA tournament
• Wisconsin held Belmont to a season-low 58 points … it’s previous low was 64
• The Badgers connected on 20-of-25 free throws … UW is 83-10 under Bo Ryan when attempting at least 25 free throws
• UW made 12-of-22 (54.5%) 3-pointers, its most since hitting 12 in a win 71-67 win over Ohio State on Feb. 12 … that marks just the third time UW has shot 50 percent or higher from 3-point range in an NCAA tournament game
• The Badgers out-rebounded Belmont 33-22. UW is 19-3 when pulling in more rebounds than its opponent this season
• Jon Leuer tallied his 22nd career 20-point game and his 14th of the season … he has also scored 20 or more points in three straight NCAA tournament games … Leuer has also scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games
• With 22 points, Leuer now has 1,354 career points, passing Trevon Hughes (1,332) for 12th place on UW’s career scoring chart
• Jordan Taylor scored 21 points (5-of-9 from 3-point range), his 17th career 20-point game and 14th of the season
• Mike Bruesewitz pulled in a career-high nine rebounds, surpassing his previous high of eight