mickjagger
db11 wrote:
And the manic Badgers go on the road to PSU, get a dominating performance from Micah Potter (24 points, 13 boards) to win, 58-49.

Interesting to note the limited playing time for both Trice and Reuvers in this one.
Reuvers was in foul trouble, only playing 10 minutes and Trice was simply ineffective, bogging down the offense, as he is prone to do too often as of late (recalling Traevon Jackson).  Aleem Ford's minutes were also reduced vs Penn St, which didn't hurt the team in any shape, way or form that I could see.  All told, Reuvers, Ford & Trice combined for 46 minutes & 6 points for the game.

I wouldn't be opposed to a starting line-up change of inserting Micah Potter and removing Aleem Ford.  That would put Potter, Reuvers, King, Davison & Trice on the floor together.  As soon as Trice begins to go into his hypnotic dribbling routine around the top of the key, I'd remove him, insert Pritzl, and move Davison to the point where he was very effective vs Penn St.  Ford & Wahl could spell Reuvers & Potter, especially when & if the Badgers would choose to go small.   Obviously, Bucky has the luxury of 9 serviceable players, some combinations of which appear to play better together than others.

One can only speculate what the Badgers' W-L record might be had they had the services of Potter for the entire season, instead of being strapped to the bench for 10 games per the NCAA's ridiculous transfer protocol ...

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oldballcoach1
I thought about the lineup shift also, but I am guessing Gard doesn't tinker with the team chemistry in doing so.  At this point, pulling Ford out quickly and getting Potter into the game will probably be the strategy we will see.  Trice is also another one that deserves the quick hook.  The strange thing for me is that the team seems to have more activity with Trev Anderson on the floor - despite him at times appearing to be going 100 mph and not really sure where he is going.  HIs drives to nowhere in the lane somehow seem to work, albeit they are usually ugly.  

Tyler Wahl has earned his playing time.  His energy is as good as I have seen from a young Badger in a long time.  A smaller version of Bruesewitz maybe.  And Prtizel seems to have agreed to shoot the ball and not passing on open shots.  

It is frustrating to watch this team let the game against Illinois slip away and then go into Penn St. and handle a pretty good team.  If this team makes shots and has some movement in its offense, they can beat anyone in the Big 10.  Defense has been for the most part pretty solid, except for the Illinois game, and with the addition of Potter, has become very good at finishing defensive possessions.  Playing Potter and Reuvers together is going to make this team very good in the front court and a really tough matchup for most teams.  If they can get to the tournament, they will be a very dangerous team.  
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rearview
I've believed from the beginning of the season that Gard and his staff could coach this team and do it well. I also agree that Potter is deserving to be a starter but I think the spark he brings off the bench is far more valuable at this time than his being a starter. good job Greg and staff.
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db11
Anderson's just one of those crafty players where you don't know how he gets it done, he just does. And Trice will be a more effective player if they use him in tandem with Anderson. 30+ minutes and expected a scoring load to be carried by Trice night in and night out isn't going to work. 20-25 minutes split with Anderson seems like it could be a sweet spot.
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smokin
Potter needs to start after the last 2 games of 0 points in the first 4 min.  Trice keeps getting worse and Ford looks lost at times.
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George Stacy
my take on Trice/Anderson, one is a willing passer, thus, everyone is trying to get open. The other wants to dribble the ball out. So people stand around more. Potter/Ford, that is a bit tougher. once teams realize they have to guard Potter, will his numbers go down? IDK, his offensive game seems pretty good in this small sample. My question for him is can he defend the other team's starting centers while staying out of foul trouble and remaining effective offensively?
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db11
Badgers managed to steal a win from Maryland yesterday thanks to some late-game Brad Davison heroics, 56-54.

Ford and Trice remained largely ineffective, with Reuvers, Davison and Potter carrying the offensive load. Potter only played 13 minutes as he struggled mightily on defense. It just seems like a game-to-game thing in finding the right lineups, meaning Gard has to be some sort of magician to get it just right.
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