If we can just get the turnovers under control, we’d be ahead. 32 possessions, 10 turnovers – that’s downright terrible. Cut those turnovers to five, we probably have 30-31 points – and Wisconsin doesn’t get those easy baskets on the break.
I think it just comes down to shooting. This team has been inconsistent shooting the ball all year. We are usually able to overcome this with our offensive rebounding. Wisky is a good defensive rebounding team so they can eliminate that. Can we hit enough shots in the second half to win this game? Once again, I’m not a big fan of the ceremonies during big games. Very familiar to the Illinois game when we retired MoPete’s jersey.
Mark in Chicago is right. If you take away those four turnovers off of lazy passes to Lucas, you have at least six points. Add in a few points from having productive possessions and its a halftime lead. They need to come out with that attitude in the start of the half (or start it with a turnover, like they just did).
Also, Izzo’s decision to go to full-court pressure in the second half (and our guys’ execution in that set) really won us the game. The turnovers were nice, but even more important was how it completely threw Wisconsin’s offense out of sync — they really froze up under the pressure. (That was a 32-9 run to close out the game. Wooooow.)
This was an incredibly important game. To pull that off after struggling in the first half, against a team that has in the past ripped our heart out over and over, one game after being stomped by Purdue, and with the conference championship essentially at stake . . . what an effort.
I think the difference in the game is that for the first 30 minutes Wisconsin was the the more physical team, in the last 10 minutes it was State. That’s how the Flintstones’ teams won, and that’s the mentality that these guys need to get. Hopefully that mindset carries over for the final 5 games of the season!!
KJ – the close ups on Izzo showed that his language is not PG-13! Everytime ESPN had a close-up on him, he was dropping an F-Bomb. I saw multiple “F-you’s” at the refs, one F-bomb directed at Suton (after his 2nd 3pt attempt), and multiple other intense words about some calls! It was quite entertaining!