BuckyCap: The Micah Potter Breakout Game
Micah Potter waited on the sidelines for the first part of the season. The NCAA decided that Potter could not play in the first half of the season. The NCAA transfer rules are more screwed up than most Vanderpump Rules seasons. But that’s another story for another time. Potter had been getting minutes off the bench, but nothing like he did on Saturday afternoon. He became the man with a massive game carrying Wisconsin to a 58-49 victory over then 20th ranked Penn State on the road. Badgers secure their third straight major road victory building their case for being a legitimate NCAA Tournament team.
Player of the Game: Micah Potter – What a night for him. He scored 24 of the Wisconsin 58 points yesterday against the Nittany Lions. He grabbed 13 rebounds as well. The big thing that came out of this from Potter is the fact he showed off a three-point stroke. Penn State allowed him to shoot and Potter nailed four of his six attempts from deep. Potter is a legitimate option for Wisconsin. And while you don’t want to overreact, he might be Wisconsin’s second or third-best option right now.
Honorable Mention: Kobe King – Not the best night from King when you look at the scoring numbers, but he hit some of the biggest shots of the game. When it looked like Penn State would creep back into the game, King drilled down a mid-range shot to push the lead back out to eight. King is becoming a reliable option for Wisconsin. Next year is going to be a huge year for him. You can see King is becoming a solid wing player for the Badgers.
One thing I wonder about: Can Nate Reuvers and Potter play together? – Part of the reason Potter got a bunch of minutes on Saturday was Reuvers only playing eleven minutes due to foul trouble. Reuvers and Potter feel very similar, but you have to play these guys together moving forward, right? Can they work together if you push Aleem Ford to the bench? That’s something to consider in the coming weeks, although Wisconsin doesn’t have many cupcakes to play around with these options.
Next up: Things do not get easier for Wisconsin as they head home to play Maryland. The size of Potter and Reuvers will help against the likes of Jalen Smith. Iowa dominated them with Luka Garza and think the Badgers could do the same. Maryland is in a similar spot to Wisconsin where they haven’t figured out how to win on the road.