The UW Badgers basketball took on Colgate in their second game of the season at the Kohl Center in Madison and the outcome is what the fans have come to expect another Badger home win. Lets be honest as a Badger fan at this point it is sort of like going to the movies you know the good guy is going to win 99% of the time at home you just want to see how they do it. Unfortunately despite the lopsided win at 68 to 41 it was pretty clear this Badgers squad has a lot to work on in the weeks leading up to their showdown with number 1 UNC.
First the good, Ben Brust despite riding a lot of pine his freshman year looks like a kid with that Badger attitude we have come to expect. Brust scored a career high 17 points in 28 minutes on 6 of 11 shooting and even added a couple of steels. Brust can knock it down from outside as we all know but he looks adept at taking it to the hole and showed that off nicely today. Gasser had an off day today but you combine him with Brust you know two guys who look like they are going to fight for you and want the ball at the end of games, of course the Badgers already have Taylor for that but you need more and the Badgers seem to have it.
Now the bad news, the Badgers shot the ball so badly from the free throw line at 4 of 14 they are still probably running laps for coach Ryan. Honestly it is hard to even believe a Badger team could pull that horrible stat off from the line in a game. The other really bad news is that the Badgers didn't block out nearly as well as they should have, the young inside players have some learning to do. Finally Taylor went 3 of 10 from the game for 9 points and while it didn't matter you never want your stud to play a game like he played. The good news is the Badgers won going away but that was due to being at such a different level to start with, had the Badgers had to play another top 25 team today they don't look ready to win on a consistant basis. As it stands the Badgers best shot at winning games against top competition is to fill the hoop in a hurry and that isn't a way the Badgers will win with enough to be a major player this season.
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