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Baylor's suffocating defense and superior offense led the Bears to a clinical win over the Badgers in the round of 32

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Baylor’s suffocating defense and superior offense led the Bears to a clinical win over the Badgers in the round of 32.

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team (18-13 overall, 10-10 Big Ten), coming off of arguably their best all around performance of the season against North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, were back in action Sunday afternoon for a round two matchup with the top-seeded Baylor Bears.

Baylor was one of the best teams all regular season long and ranked as the best three-point shooting team in the country making 41.4% of their deep balls.

Overall the Bears sported a 23-2 record, and also ranked in the top-10 in steals and points per game.

As a heavy underdog, Wisconsin came into the game with hopes to knock out the No.

1 seeded Bears at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Unfortunately, the Badgers did not have the firepower to hold Baylor down.

The Bears would earn the right to move on in the tournament with a 13-point win.

And that will do it.

Baylor wins 76-63.

In the first few minutes of the game, the two teams would go on to feel each other out.

By the first media timeout the score was all tied up at seven, as D’Mitrik Trice dished out two early assists.

Aleem Ford wound end a three minute scoring drought for the Badgers shortly thereafter, but Baylor would secure a three-point lead by the second media timeout behind five points off the bench from Matthew Mayer.

Another three minute span of not making a field goal by the Badgers would allow Baylor’s lead balloon to eight with 7:51 remaining in the first half.

Baylor would maintain their lead into the next media timeout, with Nate Reuvers earning his second foul during the span.

Baylor would pour it on over the final few minutes of the first half, including a last second three to take a 42-29 lead into the half.

Sheesh.

Baylor up 13 at halftime.

9 first half turnovers by the #Badgers against Baylor’s attacking defense the story so far.

Early in the second half the Greg Gard would deploy his big lineup with Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter, and Tyler Wahl all on the court together.

The Badgers would trim the lead to 12 because of a 6-0 run with the trio on the court together.

Wisconsin would continue to chip away, and by the second media timeout Baylor’s lead was down to eight.

The Badgers would continue to play better, and tightened the score to seven with 7:25.

A patented four minute scoring drought by Wisconsin however would allow Baylor to extend their advantage back to 10 with just over three minutes remaining.

Down the stretch Baylor would continue to pull away, and ultimately wound up winning by 13.

Wisconsin came into their contest with Baylor averaging only nine turnovers per game.

Baylor on the other hand came in averaging over 12.

In the first half, Baylor attacking defense flustered Wisconsin.

The Badgers had nine first half turnovers that led to 12 points the other way.

Seven of the team’s nine turnovers came from the combination of D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison and Micah Potter.

Three of the team’s leaders.

On the flipside, Baylor recorded only one turnover, and the Bears played phenomenally on both ends of the court in the same span.

In the second half the Badgers did a much better job of taking care of the ball, but Baylor’s 16 points off of 14 total turnovers was a huge reason for the final outcome.

Baylor made a living in the first half on fast break points (nine) and points in the points in the paint (20).

Wisconsin’s on ball defense was not up to snuff against the Bears, as Baylor was able to get to the rim far too often in the first half.

Baylor had firm control of the game’s tempo and took advantage of easy interior scoring.

While Baylor had six layups and three dunks in the first half, the Badgers only had three combined.

The net result was Wisconsin shooting over 55% from three, but still trailing by double-digits.

In the second half the Badgers did a much better job of going inside with their big lineup, and that completely swung points from the paint to a 26-26 wash for the game.

Unfortunately, Baylor was also uber efficient from three all game long.

The Bears made 8-of-17 from deep, and every time Wisconsin would cut the deficit to single digits, Baylor had an answer.

Offense: Keep.

Going.

Inside.

Defense: Stop Mullet Man!

Baylor has one of the best backcourts in the entire country.

Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell were absolute difference makers on both ends of the court against the Badgers, and they limited the Badgers offense.

D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison were unable to get going on the offensive end against the quicker guards of Baylor.

Two nights after combining for 50 points against North Carolina, the Trice and Davison combined for only 20 points on 8-of-28 shooting (28.5%) and an uncharacteristic seven turnovers.

Wisconsin had consistently gone as their guards have played all year long, and in the biggest game of the year Baylor had the upper hand.

Trice + Davison are 5-of-23 today pic.twitter.com/ctbDyOsvA4

The final minute of the game was dominated by the curtain call for Wisconsin’s seniors.

The seven player senior group had a tremendous career together, including a regular season championship in 2019-2020, but unfortunately the final score did not go their way.

All seven players will have the option to come back for another season, and that will be one of the biggest questions this off-season.

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UW entered the day averaging just nine turnovers per game

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The Badgers had nine in the first half and Baylor quickly capitalized

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Not good enough.

Those three words summarize Greg Gard’s basketball team in 2020-21.

Harsh? Perhaps.

But UW’s 76-63 loss to top-seeded Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis reaffirmed what the Big Ten season revealed.

That is, an experienced UW team could hang with the top teams in the country and on some days push them to the final few possessions.

But the ninth-seeded Badgers weren’t nearly good enough to outplay those teams for 40 minutes and win.

 

“At times it was turnovers,” senior guard D’Mitrik Trice said.

“At times it was not making shots.

“Tonight it was a little bit of both.

Credit to Baylor.

Obviously, they are a great team.

Every time we made a mistake they capitalized on it.”

UW turned the ball over just twice in the first half in an impressive first-round victory over No.

8 North Carolina and finished with seven.

The Badgers came in Sunday averaging 8.9 turnovers per game, the lowest mark in the country.

BOX SCORE: Baylor 76, Wisconsin 63

Baylor forced nine turnovers in the first half and scored 12 points off those turnovers in building a 42-29 halftime lead.

The Bears made just 3 of their first 9 shots but hit 13 of 21 the rest of the half, including 4 of 9 three-pointers.

UW couldn’t protect the ball or slow Baylor’s offense.

What had to make the turnovers even more frustrating for the UW players is that they hit 5 of 9 three-pointers (55.6%) and 11 of 23 shots overall (47.8%) and still trailed by 13 points at the break.

UW finished with 14 turnovers, which led to 16 points for Baylor.

“I thought we got a little sped up early, tried to play a little too fast at times,” Gard said of the turnovers.

“Second half was a little bit better.

“But they do a good job.

They’re athletic.

They’re strong.

They can put a lot of pressure on at every position, specifically when they go smaller.”

UW, which trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, pulled to within seven three times but the Bears answered with points each time.

The Badgers, who finished sixth in the Big Ten in the regular season and were ousted from the league tournament by Iowa in the quarterfinals, saw their season end at 18-13.

Brad Davison (29 points) and Trice (21 points) hit a combined 18 of 30 shots, including 8 of 15 three-pointers, against North Carolina.

They combined for six points on 2-for-11 shooting in the opening half Sunday and finished a combined 8 for 28.

Davison entered Sunday 15 of 31 from three-point range (48.4%) in the previous five games.

He hit 2 of 6 from three-point range but only 3 of 11 overall for eight points.

Trice came in 6 of 15 from three-point range and 16 of 32 overall in the previous two games.

He finished 2 of 7 from three-point range and 5 of 17 overall for 12 points.

“We got quite a few good looks that we normally knock down,” Trice said, “but they did a great job of pressuring us and getting us out of our comfort zone at times.”

Nate Reuvers added 11 points, Jonathan Davis and Micah Potter added 10 points apiece and Aleem Ford had eight for UW.

Reserve forward Matthew Mayer entered the day averaging 8.0 points per game but led Baylor with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals. 

“I thought the difference today was Mayer, the plays he made off the bench,” Gard said.

“When they needed a basket in the second half, he answered for them.”

Guards Donovan Mitchell (16 points, eight assists and two steals) and Jared Butler (16 points and four rebounds) combined to hit 4 of 7 three-pointers and 11 of 19 shots overall.

“We saw how well they played against North Carolina,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team finished with 15 assists and only four turnovers.

“Really knew that our guys were locked in through the scouting, and I thought we’d play well.”

Six seniors played Sunday for UW.

Although seniors have the option to return next season, most are expected to leave. 

Gard again declined to speculate whether any would choose to return and said he would give them time to get over the season-ending loss. 

He took time to salute how they handled nearly losing assistant Howard Moore in the spring of 2019 and rallied to win a share of the Big Ten title last season.

“I’ve never been around a group that has had to endure more over the last two-plus years,” he said, “going back to coach Moore and that whole tragedy that they still carry with them.

Rallying and winning a piece of the conference championship last year.

Having no (NCAA) tournament, which was an emotional blow.

“And then this year having to navigate through a season in the middle of a pandemic…

“They’ve had great jubilation and some extreme trials.

As I told them, that’s life.

You’re going to have some things go your way and have some things not go your way.

“But as long as you are doing the best you can and giving your best effort, that’s all we can ask.

And every day they gave us all they could.

“Were able to play in the tournament this year.

Got one win.

Obviously wanted more.

But there was never a deficiency of effort and giving of themselves to our program.”

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– March 22, 2021

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