1. Wisconsin's defense completely controlled Penn State. It never really was a huge shock to see the Badgers defense dominate. The Nittany Lions finished 2014-15 ranked 171st in adjusted offensive efficiency per KenPom and lost their best player in DJ Newbill. That figure has actually climbed to 103.5 this season, but that still only comes in at 168th.
Penn State scored 18 points in the first half and turned the ball over nine times, only attempting 16 field goals.
Nigel Hayes, despite an off shooting night, shut down Brandon Taylor, Penn State's top scorer coming in at 16.4 points per game. Taylor didn't score until the 13:08 mark of the second half and finished with 13 points on just 4-of-9 shooting.
The Nittany Lions looked like they may have been running an actual offense, though I'm not completely sure of that fact. They finished just 38.6 percent from the field.
2. Greg Gard loves him some Alex Illikainen. We've seen Gard stray significantly from the lineups that Bo Ryan was using. Jordan Hill previously rarely played, but is now a regular recipient of 20-plus minutes. Aaron Moesch is in the rotation. Jordan Smith (!!) even played during non-garbage-time minutes.
Illikainen played 26 minutes in one of his best games as a Badger, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a three-pointer before the first-half buzzer sounded. In his last four games, he has logged 23, 21, 18 and 26 minutes. After a performance like Thursday's, expect more of that.
3. The Penn State students were not friendly to Vitto Brown. Normally I wouldn't mention the fans in a game recap, but if you watched this game, you understand that desperate times call for desperate measures.
From the get-go, it was clear that the Penn State students would be hassling Brown. Turns out, he was the student section's "target" for the game.
Whenever Brown would touch the ball, boos would rain in from the crowd. With such a small crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center, the television microphones picked up on nearly every individual heckle of Brown when he was out of the game, as well.