With the University of Wisconsin basketball team playing Michigan 1-0 in four consecutive games in two consecutive games, the odds of winning the Big Ten Conference titles were likely to be slightly less than a little less.
] The problem is that the Badgers of 20th place are so close to being in the middle of the country's most competitive conference. Much closer than her record suggests.
Nonetheless, UW's Michigan State 67-59 defeat left 1
UW's two recent losses were in short supply until the bitter end. After two or three minutes, the Badgers had the chance to win both games, only to see their offense sway when it counted the most.
In fact, all five Badgers Big Ten losses followed this pattern. They have won their share of tight matches, but when they got into close games against good teams, their weaknesses have been exposed and their offense has disappeared across the track.
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That was certainly the case on Tuesday night , After trading with the Spartans all night, the Badgers had a deficit of 57:56 (5 minutes, 20 seconds before the end). The ground fell offensive.
The next eight times they had the opportunity to score points, the badgers arrived unbound. They missed three shots in the paint, two from the 3-point area and two free throws. They also had two sales.
"I felt like we were beating all night, and we felt like we were able to win all the time," striker Ethan Happ said. "But when the game became clear later, we felt better, and it was just a lack of execution as a team."
Happ, who led UW with 20 points, took his blame, especially his two missed throws when the score was 59:56 and 1:28 was to play. However, the insulting suffering showed up long before. UW scored only 21 points in the second half, scoring 9-22 on the field, 2-10 from the 3-point area and 1-8 for the free-throw line. Not less at home.
Some of UW's fights were due to the defense of the state of Michigan, which threw in three long-armed physical players in Happ, but did not do much to pressure the UW shooters on the 3-point line instead. As so often in this season, when Happ does not get hit from others, the attack stops.
"It's definitely tough because it could have gone both ways in the last few minutes," striker Nate Reuvers said. "It's also a good thing that we're actually in these games, but it's very frustrating not to win."
Prior to the Michigan-Michigan State Double, UW had won six straight games, mostly defensive jumps with a noteworthy result and flashes of an improved attacking game show. Their offensive formula was in general: get a good game from Happ, get consistent hits from the guards D & # 39; Mitrik Trice and / or Brad Davison and then have two or three others show up in any game.
Michigan State has disrupted this formula through Trice and Davison were shut down and capped at 11:18 in the 4:18 shooting. Others took the breakthrough when UW drew 38:37 at halftime, but the offense had disappeared for much of the second half, not just for the last few minutes.
"The last 10 or five (possessions) are taking notice of them, but there are so many things in both halves that we could have taken the lead or forced us to lose the lead," said coach Greg Gard. "They finished 12/6 at the end of the first half, we had a lead of seven points and we do not close half as well as we could, there are other areas of play that can help you in that position The past five possessions may not have been so greatly enlarged. "
The Wisconsin Badgers men's 20th basketball team fell at No. 11 Michigan State Spartans 67-59 on Tuesday night at Kohl Center  Gard is right noted that UW could end games. Out of nine of UW's big ten victories, only the Penn State game was a blowout. However, it is undeniable that UW had opportunities for all five losses and could not make the necessary games.
"We need to be better off in certain areas over the past 3 minutes when playing games, converting to the free-throw line, being a bit more defensive," said Gard.
If some of these losses had changed in the last few minutes, we would see UW in a completely different light. Michigan and Purdue lost on Tuesday night and left the table looking like this: Michigan and Michigan State at 11-3, Purdue at 10-3, Maryland at 10-4 and UW at 9-5.
Badgers' biggest problem is that they have not played any of these teams in their last six games, making it harder to catch up after frustrating Michigan and Michigan State losses.
"That definitely makes it harder," said Happ. "But we all saw how competitive the league is, I'm not sure who left Michigan, but we just have to take care of the rest of our games we have, if we want a chance."
The only hope of the Badgers is to win all six, which seems unrealistic in an unreliable attack, in part because the perimeter players are unable to consistently build.
If UW can become more efficient in the offensive area, however, it has shown that it can play with any Big Ten team.