Past problems came back to haunt Wisconsin basketball in its 66-59 loss to Northwestern on Sunday night, as bad shooting and a rough night for Ethan Happ left the Badgers with few answers on offense.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard addressed those problems and more in his postgame press conference. He identified the Badgers’ 12 turnovers as his first concern.
“I think it was 19-12 and they went on a 16-0 run in six possessions, I was told according to our stats, our position charts. That was outstanding. We were a little bit better in the second half finishing in the paint. Again, we need to continue to improve in that area. I thought we did a decent job, but they got tight on the rebounds.”
Here’s what else he had to say:
On Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh, who put up 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds
He’s just a heck of a player. Best player on the floor, hands down. He’s worked at his game. He was under-recruited and overlooked. He’s hungry and he’s a hard person to guard because he can shoot the ball, pass, using the different areas, bringing ball screens to get the ball in his hands, changes direction pretty well, and his size.
On Northwestern double-teaming Ethan Happ
A, if you turn it over out of it, that’s an immediate problem, but B, when we did get it out we did it decently in the first half, with how we attacked the double team, we allowed them to scramble back a lot easier than what’s designed to happen. Ethan’s got to continue to get better in that area. He’s seen it most of the year and he’s going to continue to see it.
On the health of Bronson Koenig, who scored just two points
I think he’s OK mentally. I think the injury is a factor. How much of a factor, his acceleration off screens is obviously diminished a little bit, but he’s also had some decent looks. It wasn’t always off screens, he had some catch-and-shoot opportunities. I just thought we were a little quicker, better defensively at times with other matchup situations.
On the team’s frustration
I don’t know if it was frustration with shots not dropping, but I think the thing that was really frustrating was the turnovers and then the transition points we gave up.