November 29, 2008

Post UWM: Notes and quotes

MADISON, Wis. - For anyone that follows the Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball series, it has not been that hotly contested. In fact, the Panthers have only ever beaten the Badgers once. Saturday proved to be no different as the Badgers coasted to a 67-46 win over its rivals from just over an hour away.

The following are notes from the 26th installment of the UW-UWM series:

-With the win, UW has improved to 25-1 all-time against UWM. Of those 25 wins, 16 have come in Madison, where the Badgers hold a 16-1 edge.

-Senior Joe Krabbenhoft finished the game with an excellent stat-line. He scored 12 points, one shy of his career high, and finished with 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and no turnovers.

-Junior guard Trevon Hughes, whose play in the Paradise Jam tournament elevated him as the teams leading scorer, finished with a game high 16 points.

-Freshman guard Jordan Taylor set a new career high with 22 minutes played in Saturday's game.

-During its only loss of the season so far, Wisconsin turned the ball over 22 times. On Saturday, the Badgers only committed six turnovers.

-Only Jared Berggren and J.P. Gavinski did not play during Saturday's win.

The following are quotes from Saturday's game:

Ricky Franklin, UWM's third leading scorer, was suspended indefinitely for operating a vehicle under the influence and was suspended indefinitely. He did not play on Saturday against Wisconsin. UWM head coach Rob Jeter on suspension of senior Ricky Franklin:

"It's just a distraction, a distraction that we don't need. For him, it's identified an issue, a problem that he needs help with. I guess that's the best part of it, that's the only positive is that it's identified a real problem with him that he needs to get addressed. But for our team, we just need to have others step up."

In the early stages of the season, UW shooter Jason Bohannon has struggled shooting the basketball. Coming into Saturday's game, he was only shooting .313 from the field. After his 0-for-6 shooting night against UWM, that average dropped to .277. UW head coach Bo Ryan on Bohannon's shooting percentage:

"Isn't his percentage about my golf score? (Smiling) 100 some? Is he still over 200? What is his shooting percentage? Maybe after 36 holes. I think the rim shrunk on him a little bit. He's still out there on the floor, he's still playing."

-Hughes on guarding UWM's leading scorer Avery Smith and holding him to two points on 1-for-3 shooting:

"Every game that I play is a challenge. I don't think anything is special just because of his name. I can't prepare myself just for one player. I go into every game with the same mindset. I was just trying to keep him out of the paint. My teammates helped me out closing the gaps and it's a good bunch of guys,, they help me and get my back and I get their backs."

-Krabbenhoft on his low post opportunities and finishing shots:

"You know, my teammates did a great job of finding me down low. I had an advantage over some of the guys guarding me and the point guards did a great job calling plays to get me in the post and to get Marcus Landry in the post and go to work down there. They were just easy buckets. I tried to get my hands on a couple rebounds which went my way and did my best job of putting it back up there and trying to finish and I'm glad they dropped in."

-Landry on playing at home after the tournament:

"I think guys are eager to get back home and play on their own court. The weather, of course, is not something we want to come back to. But just getting back home and being able to play on your own court and in an atmosphere that you're used to is always a good thing."

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