Press doesn’t phase BadgersFor the first time this season, exhibition games included, the Badgers were faced with full court pressure as the Tigers attempted to make up for their lack of size with an on-and-off press.”We were calm, we were cool customers,” guard Trevon Hughes said of how UW responded. “We practiced [the press], we know that’s what [Savannah State] was going to do.”We handled it pretty well.”Though UW was ultimately able to break through with ease in the second half, the press did slow the team down initially, and even forced a couple of Badger turnovers. Still, Ryan didn’t seem too concerned.”We were fine,” Ryan said. “We had some guys at some spots simply because the way we were subbing that wasn’t the most normal positions.”We did okay.”Bench sees playing time in routWith the game in hand late in the second half and with two more on tap over the next couple of days, the Badgers were able to go deep down the bench to get players in.Freshman Tim Jarmusz saw his first action of the season and ended speculation that the newcomer would redshirt this year.”What Tim showed the last few days of practice determined for him and his family and also coach Ryan that a redshirt isn’t needed for him and that he is ready to play,” Krabbenhoft said. “He proved to all of us early on, even in the summer that he was ready to play. … He made some huge strides the last couple of weeks.”In three minutes of play the guard committed one foul and did not take any shots. Jarmusz’s lack of shots may likely have come from the late-game entrance of redshirt freshman J.P. Gavinksi. The 6-foot-11 center launched three shots in just four minutes of action, including a 3-pointer that could not find its way in.”That’s a record number of shots in the shortest period of time in the history of the University of Wisconsin,” Ryan joked after the game. “We had a good chuckle in the locker room.”J.P.’s got a good sense of humor.” Towering over its opponents, it is no surprise the Wisconsin men’s basketball team had little trouble dominating Savannah State Thursday night.The Tigers’ tallest starter, forward Lazarius Coleman, stands at just 6-foot-8. Compare that to Badger starters Greg Stiemsma and Brian Butch, who each measure 6-foot-10. Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft are also 6-foot-7. The Tigers’ leading rebounder from Thursday night, with six, Joel Davilla is just 6-foot-3.”Right out from the start, looking at the matchups, we had definite size advantage,” Stiemsma said.Over the next 40 minutes Wisconsin proceeded to exploit its decided size advantage, out-rebounding Savannah State 51-27 and notching nine blocks to one for its counterpart.”They were pretty athletic, they were quick, but I think overall our size and overall length over took their athleticism,” Stiemsma said.By attacking the basket with size, UW was able to pick up early fouls from its overmatched opponent, allowing the team to get to the line often. The Badgers shot 35 free throws over the course of the game.”That’s our first goal, to score inside and get free throws early,” Steimsma said.Really, the only surprise was the inside play of Butch, who struggled for the second-straight game in putting baskets in down low.”He’ll be fine,” Ryan said of Butch, showing little concern over his big man’s shooting.The senior shot just 4-of-12 from the field for the game with two of his missed shots coming from behind the 3-point line.
Published on February 3, 2017 at 12:33 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ For the first time since the Elite Eight, Syracuse (14-9, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) and No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 7-2) face off, this time in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon. Last time the two teams played, the Orange stormed back from 16 down in the second half to become the first No. 10 seed to reach the Final Four. This time, the Orange rides a three-game winning streak into a date with a Top 10 team coming off a blowout win over Virginia Tech.Richmond Times-Dispatch UVA beat writer Mike Barber answered a few questions for The Daily Orange ahead of the game.The Daily Orange: It’s a cliché term, but is there any revenge factor stemming from the Elite Eight?Mike Barber: Revenge might not be the right word, but last year’s loss to Syracuse is definitely on the minds of the U.Va. players. As a few of them noted last night, winning Saturday won’t change what happened last year and will do little to ease the sting many of them still feel over that loss. I think there is a sense that they would like to show they can finish the job this time around against Syracuse, even though there is so much less on the line. Of course, I think that could work against them, too, if it’s a distraction from their normal preparation.The D.O.: Who’s one player Syracuse fans need to watch out for, not named London Perrantes?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textM.B.: This U.Va. team has had to remake itself, especially, offensively since it lost four seniors from last year and booted Memphis transfer Austin Nichols the first week of the season. It seems a different Robin has emerged each game to star alongside Perrantes’ Batman.For this game, keep an eye on junior forward Isaiah Wilkins. He’s scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including putting up a career-high 15 in Wednesday’s win over Virginia Tech. He also matched a U.Va. record over the past two games by hitting 12 straight shots. And the Hokies were playing a match-up zone against U.Va.The D.O.: The Orange just put up 100 against N.C. State in overtime and now have over 80 in three straight games. What gives, SU’s offense or Virginia’s stifling defense?M.B.: Syracuse hasn’t hit 70 points in any of its four meetings with U.Va. since joining the ACC and I don’t expect that to change this time around. Virginia is too deliberate on offense, limiting opposing teams possessions, and to good defensively. Even teams that score on U.Va. often have to use a ton of the shot clock to do so.The D.O.: If there’s one player on Syracuse that can exploit Virginia on D, who would it be?M.B.: Only four players have scored 20+ points against U.Va. this season, and two of them – Pittsburgh’s Jamel Artis and Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon – did it by hitting 6 3-pointers against the Cavaliers. So Andrew White would be the logical choice, if he can get hot from the outside. Of course, after his last game, John Gillon could be that guy as well.The D.O.: I’m not sure if you’re a predictions guy, but how do you think the game ends up?M.B.: U.Va. strikes me as more annoyed by questions about last year’s Elite Eight loss than it is angry. I think it’ll play well in Syracuse and continue its trend against Syracuse. The Cavaliers, as I mentioned, haven’t allowed the Orange to score 70 against them in an ACC game. Virginia has won six straight conference games now and I think they’ll get seven at the Carrier Dome. I’ll take U.Va. 72, Syracuse 64. Comments