MADISON, Wis. – Greg Gard is Wisconsin’s Commander in Chief for good reason.
In his first season opener as a head coach, Gard coached the Badgers to a 79-47 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears.
But even in a big win, Gard found small things he’d like to see cleaned up, mainly on the defensive end of the floor.
“We got a little overaggressive and gambled sometimes and got caught out of position,” he said after the game.
Here’s what else Gard had to say about the victory:
- “Obviously saw some good things there. Obviously you can tell it’s the first game. At times, we were not in synch, specifically with different lineups on the floor and trying to use, I’d say, in developing a bench that hopefully will be a strength of ours.”
- “I thought as the game went on, we started to play smarter, play better, become more efficient.”
- On freshman D’Mitrik Trice: “The ball moves. It doesn’t stick. He has a great feel for getting teammates involved…I thought for a freshman, (it was) not surprising because he’s been very solid in practice. That’s why we recruited him and that’s how he’s shown that he belongs.”
- “The biggest thing (to work on) is the ball movements. When we start to over dribble, we become very easy to guard.”
- On 29 3-point attempts as a team: “It’s the quality of the shot, the type of shot…I don’t really look at does the ball go in or not. It’s the type of the shot. Did the ball tough the post and come back out?”
- On Bronson Koenig, who had a team-high 16 points:”I don’t worry about his confidence really. He puts so much time in the game. He’s such a committed young man.”