Wisconsin vs Penn State
Final Score Badgers 63 PSU 46
UW Badger Fast Break Thoughts:
1. Jon Leuer again sat out most of the first half after leaving for the second straight game with very early foul trouble. Again the Badgers overcame the absence of Leuer with contributions from Evans and in this game Jason Bohannon. The Badgers can't afford to have Leuer sitting on the game on Wed. versus Michigan State.
2. Penn State isn't very good as they don't have a scoring option besides Talor Battle. The Badgers didn't have nearly as good of a game against PSU as they did against OSU despite what the score might have looked like.
3. Bo Ryan had some interesting floor combinations on the court in the second half which weren't very successful. You have to wonder if Bo was just using the lead to see what combinations might work in a game if the Badgers get into foul trouble. What was particularly wierd is that Evans sat out much of the second half after having a strong first half.
4. Speaking of Evans he is looking more comfortable taking his shot in every game, in addition he did an excellent job of drawing fouls in this game. Evans finished the game with 10 points on 3 of 5 shooting in 20 minutes of action. If Evans continues to progress in this fashion every team including MSU and Purdue are going to have to take the Badgers extremely seriously.
5. In the last game against Ohio State the Badgers reserves outscored the OSU bench 20 to 2, against Penn State they outscored their bench 19 to 3. Evans 10,Taylor 7, Wilson 2.
6. While the Badgers have won their first two Big Ten games fairly easily you have to question the competition level as Ohio State lost in their second game now to Michigan 73 to 64. No problem as we will find out soon enough what the Badgers need to work as they play at Michigan State on Wednesday. Early keys to the MSU game are to keep Leuer on the court and to have Nankivil have a strong game. It should go without saying that the 3 guards need to be on their game as well. Look for the Badgers to go with only an 8 man rotation against Michigan State unless forced to go deeper by foul trouble.