Badgers and Jaguars square off in Madison
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Kohl Center in Madison is the site of today’s
clash between the ninth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and the Southern University
Jaguars as part of the South Padre Invitational.
Southern has only played one game thus far, and that resulted in an ugly 97-37
loss to Georgia back on November 10th. The hope is that the team has used
the last nine days to correct its mistakes and rebuild its shaken
Wisconsin has yet to be tested this season, as it has rolled past Mercer and
UW-Green Bay in two straight home games. The early portion of the non-
league schedule is rather weak for the Badgers, who are considered serious
contenders for the Big Ten crown.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between Southern and Wisconsin.
Southern was completely dominated by Georgia right from the opening tip, as
the Jaguars shot 4-of-24 from the floor in the first half and trailed 50-14 at
intermission. Sure, they put forth a better effort in the second half, but the
improvement was marginal at best. They turned the ball over 35 times in the
game and finished with only three assists, embarrassing numbers by any
standards. A 44-29 rebounding disadvantage certainly didn’t help matters, and
neither did Georgia’s 54.1 percent shooting from the floor. Chris Davis led
the way in defeat with 12 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor, but he
finished with six turnovers and no assists. As for Deforrest Riley-Smith, he
tallied 10 points. Riley-Smith and Davis combined to shoot 9-of-17 from the
floor, while the rest of the team shot 5-of-35. Southern reached the NCAA
Tournament last season, but only one starter is back in place from that squad.
In Wisconsin’s 79-62 victory over UW-Green Bay last time out, strong defense
was the key to success. The Badgers managed to force 18 turnovers, while
limiting the Phoenix to 36.8 percent shooting from the floor. Those positives
overshadowed the fact that Wisconsin was outrebounded by a 40-33 margin and
missed 15 of its 34 free throws. Leading the way in the win was Alando Tucker,
as he tallied 18 points despite a 5-of-11 effort from the foul line. Kammron
Taylor and Michael Flowers contributed 12 points apiece. Taylor netted 22
points in the season-opening victory over Mercer, and Tucker added 21 points
in that game. They form arguably the best duo in the Big Ten, as Tucker scored
19.0 ppg a year ago, while Taylor contributed 14.2 ppg.