Offensively, the Badgers relied on A.J. Storr, who scored a season-high 22 points on 8/11 shooting, including 4/6 from three in a dominant performance.
Defensively, Wisconsin continued their strong play over the last few games, limiting Michigan State to 57 points, their lowest output of the season.
Here are the quick takeaways from the Badgers 70-57 win over Michigan State.
As I mentioned above, Storr led the Badgers with 22 points on 8/11 shooting, including 4/6 from three in 29 minutes of action.
Storr was exactly what the Badgers needed on Tuesday, and showcased why he was a great fit for Wisconsin.
The Badgers needed a player who could score at will without hesitation after struggling on the offensive end last year. With Storr, the Badgers have a confident player who’s willing to pull when those shots are available, as seen with his three-pointers on Tuesday.
It was a balanced effort from Storr, who was ultra efficient in the first half with 12 points on 4/4 shooting, while also pouring in 10 points on 4/7 from the field in the second half.
The one lone issue with Storr was turnovers, as he had two in the first half, but the athletic guard settled down in the second half, resulting in 16 minutes of action.
To begin the season, I predicted Storr to be Wisconsin’s top scorer this year. Tuesday showcased a glimpse of why that has a good chance of coming true.
The Badgers looked to the three-point line for offense early on, as Steven Crowl hit two, while Chucky Hepburn had one of his own in the first four minutes.
In my preview, I suggested that Michigan State could look to force the Badgers to be more trigger-happy from three. Well, Wisconsin made them pay, as the Badgers shot 10/23 from distance (43.5 percent), taking a good amount of volume from beyond the arc.
A.J. Storr finally found a groove, hitting four threes, while Steven Crowl took advantage of open opportunities to go 4/4 from distance.
If the Badgers can positively regress to their 2022 numbers from three, this offense will become lethal.
Coming into this one, the Badgers were a strong rebounding team on both sides of the court.
That only continued on Tuesday, as Wisconsin had 36 rebounds, compared to Michigan State’s 22. More importantly, the Badgers compiled 11 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points.
If the Badgers can remain attacking the glass at the rate they’ve been doing, it’ll continue to aid their defense, which has significantly improved after some early-season struggles.
Their aggressiveness at the rim this season has led to a positive ripple effect all-around; they’ve gotten more free throw opportunities, as well as extra second-chance points.