Badgers Star Ratings: An Expected Finish to Wisconsin’s 2020-2021 Season
If you had a beer or two with a Badgers fan before this weekend, they probably would have told you the likely finish for Wisconsin would have been ‘Beat North Carolina, lose to Baylor.’ I do think many fans would be happy with how they kicked North Carolina’s ass. The game felt like the last ride for all of the Wisconsin seniors. All of them went out in a blaze of glory. As for the second-round game, they were just not talented enough to keep up with Baylor who seems to be back to their pre-COVID days where they beat just about everyone. Here’s a summary of the good and bad things throughout the weekend.
Brad Davison’s Friday night – He dominated the Tar Heels with an amazing night from the floor. Davison nailed five threes and scored 29 points. That was a season-high for the senior from Minnesota. The Badgers senior owned the floor in this game. This was one of the best games from Davison this season. If he decides to not return to Wisconsin next season, this is a great memory for him to finish off his Wisconsin career.
D’Mitirk Trice vs. North Carolina – Another great performance in the North Carolina game was Trice. He played really well in this one with 21 points and five threes made as well. Trice might not have been at the level of Brad Davison but he still played really well for the Badgers. There were some moments in the year where Trice found his groove and played great as the point guard of this team. Like with Davison, he will always have that memory of going off in one of his final games as a Badger.
Micah Potter vs. Baylor – Not a bad game from Potter against the talented Baylor bunch. He had 10 points, 10 rebounds in what will likely be his final game of the season. Potter handled himself well against a very talented Bears interior. Potter had some bad rebounding nights throughout the year, but he did well on the glass in this one trying to help Wisconsin stay into it.
What is this Badgers team next year? – Wisconsin has a lot of talent coming to Wisconsin with recruits, but there is zero senior leadership on next year’s team. Badgers will be very young unless they decide to explore the transfer market which they should. Jonathan Davis will likely become the star of that team unless someone else emerges. Yet I would not feel like this is a top-four Big Ten team for next season.
Turnovers against Baylor – This was the thing that killed Wisconsin more than anything else. The turnovers were brutal early on. At one point in the first half, Wisconsin turned the ball over 32% of their possessions. They are one of the least likely teams to have this sort of thing happen as they’re nearly perfect in terms of protecting the ball. That swung the Baylor game and Wisconsin could never mount a true comeback.
That’s all for Bucky until November, folks.