Landry flexes his muscles
So the Milwaukee native went out and gave the fans what they wanted—well, the Wisconsin Badger fans in attendance, at least, as his team rolled to a 61-39 victory Wednesday night.
Landry had a team-high 12 points in the second half in what was likely a game the former Vincent High School star had circled on the calendar, though he downplayed the significance of the Milwaukee connection.
“You try to go out every night and play well,” said Landry, whose 16 points were one short of a season high. “On any given night, anybody can score 16 on this team, because that’s how versatile this team is. I guess today was just my night.”
If there was anybody Landry was trying to impress at U.S. Cellular Arena, it was Rob Jeter, the head coach on the opposite side of the floor.
Jeter was an assistant under UW head coach Bo Ryan for 10 years, and was the Badgers’ lead recruiter when Landry chose Wisconsin.
“Me and Coach Rob have a great relationship,” Landry said. “He recruited me coming in. But my decision on coming to this school was because it was a great school, not because it was someone who I favored.”
Landry said it felt good to show Jeter he made a good choice in bringing Landry to Madison.
“It’s showing him what you’ve got, showing how much you’ve improved,” Landry said. “It’s showing him that, yes, you recruited me for the right reasons, even though he’s gone on and doing his own thing.”
Landry and his UW teammates struggled in their loss to Marquette last Saturday, getting outrebounded despite a significant size advantage.
The Badgers (7-2) fixed that against UWM (3-7), grabbing 37 rebounds to the Panthers’ 16.
“They just kept pounding it inside, and just wore us down,” Jeter said.
But Landry did some good work from the perimeter, too. He shot 6-for-11 on field-goal attempts, including a game-best 2-for-4 from three-point range.
“You’re just wide open. You’ve got to know what’s a good shot and what’s a bad shot,” Landry said.
“The percentage is always higher from touching the post and kicking it out when you make threes.”