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Wisconsin men’s basketball: Greg Gard, D’Mitrik Trice and Tyler Wahl speak after win over Northwestern

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The Badgers put the clamps on the Wildcats in the second half and coasted to a fairly easy win.

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We’ve got a bunch of post-game quotes here from Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard, senior PG D’Mitrik Trice and sophomore SF Tyler Wahl after their win over the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday night.

Greg Gard

  • “Extremely happy for our team. Great team win especially on the defensive end.”
  • “Johnny Davis, I thought, really stepped up in the first half.”
  • On specific defensive successes, “I thought we did a better job of stopping the ball and not letting them get in the paint.”
  • On Davis contributing on both ends despite not shooting well recently, “I think the thing that got him going was getting to the free throw line. He was active on the glass. I think, really, the catalyst and ignitor of that was getting to the free throw line.”
  • On Lorne Bowman, “I don’t know when he’ll be back. It’s really not in mine, it’s more in the medical hands of that type of decision. He is re-enrolled, I believe, in school. He’s going to do it virtually from his home in Detroit. We’ll continue to help him and help the family. I don’t have a date, a time. The main thing is to walk this forward at what is best for Lorne and his family.”
  • On Tyler Wahl, “His confidence is growing. He’s spent a lot of time in the gym working on his perimeter game. The two threes he hit against Indiana were big for him because he needed that shot it the arm to kind of reaffirm that his hard work...is paying off.”

D’Mitrik Trice

  • “Overall we did really well on the defensive end.” He mentioned that they wanted to stop NU from getting easy buckets in the second half.
  • On balanced scoring, “I think that’s what makes us dangerous. I think it’s when we’re at our best.”
  • On Wahl, “I’m really happy for him and I’m going to continue to tell him to shoot it.”
  • On three-point shooting dipping in the second half, Trice said that they need more kick out threes after working it into the post.
  • On Davis, “He can score in so many different ways and that’s what makes him dangerous. He brings that extra dimension to our team.”

Tyler Wahl

  • On second half defense, “I feel like in the first half they were getting buckets right at the rim and in the paint. We tightened that up and that was able to kind of help us out.”
  • “Ope, well, it’s too late.” on Trice calling for the ball on Wahl’s three pointer after Johnny Davis saved the ball to him. An EXTREMELY Midwestern answer tbqh.
  • On having a “easy” win, which is rare in the Big Ten, “It’s always nice to rest your legs for the last three, four minutes.