I think we're all a bit frustrated following a loss to Iowa. That makes it a season sweep for the Hawkeyes. But the one thing that bothers me, despite the fact that we're a lock for the tourney and are doing pretty well this season, is that this team feels a bit athletically challenged.
I know Rob Wilson screws up a lot, but gosh, it's so nice seeing a guy who can take his man off the dribble and score at the rim. As great as Jordan Taylor is, that's not his game and he can't really do that consistently. I think Wilson needs to get some more minutes just to provide a little more "slashing".
Another thing...anyone notice how well it works any time we fastbreak a little? Remember the game at Purdue? It was a 22-4 game in an instant because we were getting lay-ups and wide-open threes in transition. I saw the same thing last night early in the 2nd half. Coming back from a 12-ish point lead to take it to a 2-point game in a heartbeat, because Wilson went to the basket twice and Brust drained a transiton "Trey".
I'm not saying throw away the swing offense and become a Northern North Carolina Tarheels, but I say try it a little more often cause it works as a change of pace to catch the opponent off guard.
All that being said, I think Sam Dekker, who is a 5-Star prospect ready to join the Badgers for next season, can bring something special to this team. Something that we haven't had since Alando Tucker. That guy who can bring 20 per night while scoring in a wide variety of ways, including on the break.
Look, he's no Kobe. But what I see is a NBA-sized wing (he's 6'7") who has the full package, including athleticism, ball handling, and a jump shot. The other things like IQ and stuff remains to be seen, but that's what a good coach is for. Bo Ryan is a pretty good coach and has proven he can develop both talented (Tucker) and untalented (Tim Jarmusz) players.
I know it's early to say Dekker is the next great Wisconsin Badger, but if he's as good as advertised, then he can't come soon enough. We need his slashing and scoring ability. I'm kind of tired of beating teams 56-51. Let's beat them 79-62. Speed the game up just a pint; stay Wisconsin; but pick your opportunities to try to get an easy basket. It'll be interesting when he's a sophomore...Brust, Gasser, and Dekker as the starting backcourt. With Marshall and Jackson in the mix. That's sounds good.