Game Day Grades: Florida

Traevon Jackson (US Presswire)

Struggling on offense and sluggish on defense, it was a bad formula for No.22 Wisconsin against any opponent, let alone No.10 Florida on the road. Badger Nation hands out the grades and most valuable player.

Offense: D

It took Wisconsin too long to get its shot going and throughout the game. Sometimes they forced shots or they took shots early in the shot clock, not a recipe for success and a reason the Badgers shot 21-for-59 (35.6 percent) from the field.

When Wisconsin's deficit ballooned to double figured, they tried to rely on the three-point shot. That also was a struggle, as Wisconsin finished 7-for-24 (29.2 percent) and George Marshall (1-for-5), Mike Bruesewitz (0-for-3) and Ryan Evans (1-for-3 from three, 3-for-11 overall) all struggled.

Wisconsin turned it over too much to Bo Ryan's liking – coughing it up over 10 times against Florida's pressure. They had trouble communicating with each other on offense and had trouble catching the ball cleanly at times.

Wisconsin couldn't get to the free throw line and shot poorly when it did. The Badgers went 7-for-14 from the free throw line.

Traevon Jackson played well offensively scoring eight points on 3-for-5 shooting. He was able to create some offense for himself and his teammates by dishing out four assists.

Defense: D

Florida did whatever it wanted to on offense – attacking the paint when it wanted to and work the ball around for open shots on the perimeter. The Badgers had trouble getting back in transition, which is uncharacteristic of them, and it led to the Gators getting easy buckets. The Gators shot 26-for-42 (61.9 percent) from the floor. Shockingly, the Gators actually cooled off in the second half, as their shooting percentage was 75 percent in the first half.

Wisconsin was undisciplined and committing to many fouls by virtue of being out of position, resulting in the Gators going 16-for-20 (80 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Badgers had no answer for Eric Murphy. Murphy led the Gators in scoring with 24 points and didn't miss a shot the entire game.

Overall: D

Wisconsin didn't play well and allowed the Gators to get into an up-pace tempo, something the Badgers couldn't let happen. The other thing is the Gators were beating the Badgers to loose balls, something that Wisconsin usually wins. The Gators were clearly more prepared then the Badgers and played with much more intensity.

The Badgers didn't try and feed the basketball down low to Jared Berggren. The Gators did a good job of taking Berggren out of the game but you have to try and get the ball to your best interior player.

Because of the 2-3 zone cutting off lanes, Wisconsin didn't follow most of its shots, which eliminated them from getting any second-chance points. Overall the Badgers only had 12 offensive rebounds.

Florida did a great job of attacking the glass and getting rebounds, outrebounding Wisconsin 39-21, but the Badgers did a very poor job of boxing out. There were times where the Badgers had a chance to grab a rebound but failed to box out, which led to the offense going the other way.

Game MVP: Sam Dekker. In all honestly nobody deserves game MVP for the Badgers, but Dekker actually tried to get to the hoop. Dekker tied with Berggren for 11 points in the game and shot the basketball fine, going 4-for-8 from the floor.

When Wisconsin was struggling to get going in the first half, Dekker helped by driving to the hoop - something nobody else was succeeding at doing. Even if Dekker missed his shot, the Badgers were able to get some easy points by simple put backs.

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