Landry leads Badgers past UW-Milwaukee
Rob Jeter sat and made the pitch for Marcus Landry to come to Wisconsin.
Landry showed Jeter, Wisconsin’s former lead recruiter, that he chose wisely at the expense of Jeter’s new team, UW-Milwaukee.
Landry scored 16 points, Brian Butch had 14 and Trevon Hughes added 12 as Wisconsin beat the Panthers 61-39 for the 15th straight win in the series.
“Me and coach Rob have a great relationship,” said Landry, who was part of the 2005 meeting where Jeter told Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan that he was leaving for Milwaukee. “It’s about showing what you’ve got, showing how much you improve, showing him that, yes, you recruited me for the right reasons even though you’re going on.”
While it wasn’t pretty, the Badgers (7-2) gritted out a win against an in-state opponent after losing to Marquette at home in their last game. Hughes, a sophomore point guard, called his preparation for that game a joke and Wisconsin was outrebounded by the undersized Golden Eagles to end a 28-game home winning streak.
“I liked the way he bounced back,” Ryan said of Hughes’ play.
Hughes stayed hard on himself.
“I’m not satisfied, I’ve got three turnovers,” Hughes said. “I’m supposed to control the team and not turn the ball over, be careful on the ball, so I’ve got to keep working on that.”
Milwaukee (3-7) last beat Wisconsin 15 years ago to the day for its only win in the series. The Panthers have a current six-game losing streak, with their three wins coming over teams that were a combined 3-21 coming into Wednesday’s games.
It was clear the Panthers were overmatched in this one, too, but Wisconsin’s sloppy play kept Milwaukee close most of the first half. Early in the second the Badgers began to pull away, opening with a 6-0 run as Milwaukee went scoreless for the first five minutes and committed six turnovers.
Landry hit a wide open three-pointer with 13:28 left to give the Badgers a 40-23 lead and they led by as many as 25 as the two teams combined for 35 turnovers.
“I’ll tell you how you don’t have 18 turnovers, dribble across half court make one pass and shoot,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to find the in-between there, get it down to 10 to 12 and I think we can do that.”
Butch also had seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which won its first road game this season in two tries after losing at Duke. Torre Johnson, a transfer from Oklahoma State, scored 10 to lead the Panthers, who were outrebounded 37-16.
Milwaukee had another long scoreless streak in the first half, going more than four minutes without any points. But Wisconsin only managed a 7-0 run in that stretch due to turnovers that left Ryan yelling at the referees in frustration.
Wisconsin turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions, but also had some bright spots, including Hughes’ jumping pass to an open Michael Flowers in the corner for three that gave the Badgers a 19-11 lead.
“Every time I went for a layup, I had teammates open,” Hughes said. “Movement without the ball is great for this team, and I’m learning that myself.”
Milwaukee never could mount a run as Wisconsin pushed the lead to 10 just before half when Hughes again found Flowers for a layup in the final minute and Hughes scored an easy bucket of his own just before the buzzer.
“I liked the way we finished the half, and I like the way we played for most of the second half,” Ryan said.
What Ryan didn’t like was having to coach against Jeter, his former player at Wisconsin-Platteville and assistant at Platteville, Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Ryan said. “I’d rather not coach against him; I definitely don’t want to play against Robbie, that jump hook, he’d kill me.”
Said Jeter: “It’s tougher for him. He’s my coach and one of my best friends. ... I just want to make him proud of me. I want to play tough, to make him proud by putting out the best team I can.”
Ryan left for the Badgers after two years in Milwaukee, but he laid the foundation for the Panthers’ rise to the upper echelon of mid-majors under Bruce Pearl, who led the Panthers to the NCAA round of 16 in 2005.
“The teacher kind of gave it to the pupil,” Jeter said. “You don’t have to hate him to want to kick his butt.”