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Wisconsin Basketball: 3 Takeaways From Blowout Win Over Virginia



Wisconsin Badgers basketball defeats Virginia in the Fort Meyers Tipoff
Nov 20, 2023; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Kamari McGee (4) reacts after a play against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second half during the Fort Myers Top-Off at Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin basketball headed to Fort Meyers, Florida, for the annual Fort Meyer Tip-Off. Taking on an excellent Virginia team ranked number 24 in the country. The Badgers were locked in from the tip and ran away with a huge win 65-41.

Here are 3 takeaways from the Wisconsin Badgers win.

Wisconsin Basketball Played Suffocating Defense

Wisconsin basketball was locked in defensively from the jump. Virginia is not known for its offensive prowess; they pride themselves on the defensive end. But they are no slouch on the offensive side of the ball this season. In the first half, Virginia scored just 18 points while shooting 24% from the field. Wisconsin didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard themselves, going 10/33 from the field, but they were able to build a 10-point lead at the half.

Virginia shot just 32% from the field and scored 41 points. This was a fantastic game for a Wisconsin basketball team that has struggled defensively for their standards to start the year.

Wisconsin Basketball Rebounding

You could argue that Wisconsin basketball won this game due to the rebounding numbers. The Badgers shot 16 more shots than Virginia, thanks to their 20 offensive rebounds. 48-21 was the final rebounding total, and it was great to see the Badgers dominate inside with Virginia’s lack of height.

All-Around Attack

Confidence is going to be essential for this Wisconsin basketball team. When you watch the Providence game compared to tonight, it is night and day. Crowl was aggressive and decisive, even dealing with double teams all night. Klesmit and Storr did a great job on both ends and off the bench; John Blackwell, Kamari McGee, and Nolan Winter were confident and assertive. Shoutout to Carter Gilmore who had a nasty one-handed putback dunk.

Next will be Wednesday night to take on either SMU or West Virginia.

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