Wisconsin wins with ‘throwback’ style

first_imgStiemsma sitsOne game after connecting on all four of his shots from thefield and registering 10 points in Wisconsin?s win at Penn State, senior centerGreg Stiemsma didn?t play at all Saturday.While part of the reason may have been based on the matchup,Ryan said Stiemsma got nicked up during practice. Ryan then feigned ignoranceas to the actual injury.?I never know, they don?t tell me,? Ryan said, later admittingit was ?below the waist.? JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoTo honor their history, some teams don throwback uniforms orwelcome back former players for an old timers? game.On Saturday night, the Wisconsin basketball team celebratedthe 10-year anniversary of the Kohl Center with a throwback game of sorts.With former head coach Dick Bennett and building namesakeand financier Herb Kohl in attendance, Wisconsin faced off against Big Ten foeNorthwestern ? the same team that helped open the building with a 56-33 loss toBennett?s UW squad ? and ground out a 62-50 victory in an ugly contest.?They were resilient and stayed true to the task at hand,?UW head coach Bo Ryan said. ?They didn?t get frazzled and pull apart. ? Youeither have to be the dentist or be the patient. Either you?re pulling theteeth, or you?re the patient getting them yanked.?A more fitting analogy might not have been possible, as itcertainly seemed like pulling teeth for either team to score in the first half.Northwestern mucked up the action for the Wisconsin offensein the first half with a 1-3-1 zone and patiently executedtheir Princeton back-cut offense to dictate a very Bennett-esque 22-20 halftimescore.?I thought our 1-3-1 zone was effective,? Northwestern headcoach Bill Carmody said. ?I thought they took as much time (offensively) as wedid. ? I think the way they approached the zone shortened the game also.?It certainly wasn?t pretty, but that?s the way Carmodywanted it.?We?ve beentrying to work on that, have teams play us a little longer, because I thoughtwe?d been shooting the ball a little too quickly,? Carmody said. ?I thoughtthat here would be a good game to move the ball and cut and see if we couldcome up with some good looks.?But I think that?s the way we play if we?re going to beatthese guys.?The zone seemed to frustrate the Badgers at times throughoutthe first half, as forced entry passes to the post sailed over the target andout of bounds or off the rim or backboard multiple times.Showing some of the same dry wit as his coach, forward JoeKrabbenhoft tried to explain away some of the errant passes.?Those were shots,? Krabbenhoft joked before leveling withreporters. ?At times we were (frustrated), throwing the ball out of bounds,throwing it off the rim. You know that?s not good, but at least we were lookingto be aggressive.?Four days after pouring 80 points on a helpless Penn Stateteam, Wisconsin further showcased its ability to score points and win games Saturday,an attribute that will serve the team well in postseason play.Despite scoring only 62 points, the Badgers connected on48.6 percent of their shots and averaged 1.03 points per possession (1.37 inthe second half) ? both very respectable figures.?We did a good job,? Krabbenhoft said. ?I don?t know theexact number, but (with) points per possession we were above 1. That?ssomething we always strive for, so I thought we did a decent job.?last_img

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