No one enjoys a loss, but at least Wisconsin coach Greg Gard can appreciate the timing of this one.
“That’s what a game on November 15th is for,” Gard said following the Badgers 79-67 loss to Creighton in Omaha, Neb., in a postgame interview with Badger Sports Network’s Matt Lepay.
Despite No. 9 Wisconsin suffering its first loss in its second game of the season, Gard said he still saw a lot of good things from his Badgers — particularly when it came to their effort.
Here’s what else he had to say about the game:
- “We didn’t handle the last five minutes as poised as we should have for the group that we have and we’ll get better at that. That’s why this was such a good experience for us. Regardless of outcome tonight, we were going to learn a lot from it.”
- “To have something like this this early in the year will help us grow faster than other types of games where maybe we coasted a little bit. This will expose some things, some things we’ve been working on.”
- “Give credit to Creighton. When they needed to have a big shot, they made them.”
- “I thought we took too many 3’s in the first half and that’s a result of the double team. (The Badgers ended the half missing 10 straight from beyond the arc.) It forces you into those situations. Some of them were open, not all of them were great shots.”
- “There were points in time, specifically in the second half, we got frazzled at times. We didn’t handle possessions or we fouled unnecessarily, we fouled on the breakaway when we had no business trying to reach in and catch them. That’s just momentum. That takes it.”