February 14, 2010

Notes: Bohannon's development noticed

MADISON - Remember when Jason Bohannon broke onto the scene three years ago as a true freshmen? He would come in during various points of the game, along with Trevon Hughes and primarily knock down jumpers from the perimeter.

Boy how things can change.

"The thing that has been so impressive over a period of time of the last two years is the way he comes off the dribble," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said after Bohannon hit seven triples en route to a career high 30 points against the Hoosiers. "I think because he's become such a multi-dimensional player it makes his 3-point shooting that much better.

"He's one of the absolute best shooters that I've seen and always gets open in the flow of what they're trying to do."

Immediately following a game where Bohannon went off for 30 points on 69 percent shooting from the floor, it would be easy to look astutely at his offensive game. However, over the years he has added some much needed skills to his defensive set as well has his pain tolerance.

"Defensively there is no question he's improved," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "He guards shooters and he guards guys now that can put the ball on the floor. He was nicked up there, and we never talked to the media, a couple of seasons where he had surgery after the season. He didn't milk you (the media) for any sympathy. He came back from those and now defensively he's pretty good.

"He stayed true to the rehabilitation in handling the injuries that he did have."

And on Saturday, at least for one game, he was the brightest shining bulb as he completed his career day.

"He is placing everything together," Hughes said. "One game it was probably defense. The next game was probably his shooting. Now that we're both senior leaders and we want to end our career, we've got to piece things together and get things done.

"That's what he's doing."

Making it a point:

Against Illinois early in the week, it seemed Wisconsin became a bit timid in regards to driving the lane when a few attempts went empty-handed. On Saturday, against a bit weaker opponent in Indiana, the Badgers made it a point to touch the post early and often.

"We weren't trying to focus on our perimeter shots," Hughes said. "But looking at the stats it looks like we took 25 (3-pointers) again. But our main focus was getting into the lane, taking better shots, feeding the post and making the best of every possession."

By the end, Wisconsin dominated Indiana with 32 points in the paint. UW did it via the dribble drive, with offensive rebounds, second chance points and post positioning.

"Our defensive intensity, our defensive on-the-ball energy wasn't even close," Crean said. "Which exposed too much help because we felt like we had to stop the dribble. They would just make a pass out to one of their guys that can shoot the ball, which is everybody that comes in for Bo."

Team notes:

-With the win, UW reached 19 wins for the season. In each of his nine seasons in Madison, Bo Ryan has coached his team to at least 19 wins.

-Wisconsin has now won five consecutive games against Indiana and 11 of the past 14 meetings against them. UW has never lost to Indiana at the Kohl Center under Bo Ryan.

-Both Bohannon and Hughes landed their 100th career victory at UW.

-UW scored 46 points in the first half of Saturday's win. That was the highest first half scoring output since the Badgers put 51 on Cal Poly earlier this season.

-With 15 offensive rebounds as a team, UW tied a season high total.

Player notes:

-Prior to Saturday's game, Bohannon's career high was 20 points. Against the Hoosiers, Bohannon scored 30 points in only 32 minutes of action. It also marked his fourth-consecutive game with 15 or more points.

-At the same time, Bohannon's seven 3-point shots tied UW's single-game school record for most three's in a contest.

-His 30-point effort was the first time a Badger player reached the plateau since Alando Tucker scored 32 at home against Pittsburgh in 2006.

-Hughes scored all 16 of his points in the first half of Saturday's win.

-Jordan Taylor scored 11 points, marking his 13th double-figure scoring performance of the season.

-Mike Bruesewitz ripped down six offensive rebounds (seven total) to set a new career high.


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