Taylor, Badgers recover against Green Bay
He wasn’t about to let that happen again.
The preseason All-America had 15 points and 10 assists without a turnover to lead the No. 14 Badgers to a 70-42 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday night.
“Ten assists, zero turnovers—there’s not too many guys in the country that have that,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “He found the open guy. That’s being a good point guard.”
Taylor led the nation a year ago with a 3.83-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and his 3.25-to-1 career mark is on pace to set an NCAA record. But he had just two assists to go with his five turnovers on Saturday, when Marquette snapped the Badgers’ 23-game home winning streak.
“We did a better job of taking care of the ball this time,” said Taylor, whose Badgers turned the ball over just six times against Green Bay.
Ryan Evans scored 14 points and Jared Berggren added 13 for Wisconsin (7-2), which took control with a 14-1 run in the first half. Evans and Berggren had back-to-back slam dunks as Wisconsin scored the first eight points of the second half to build a 20-point lead.
Wisconsin won despite shooting 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Badgers opened the season with six straight wins while going 47.2 percent from beyond the arc, but have cooled off since.
Ben Brust and Rob Wilson hit three-pointers in the first three minutes to give Wisconsin a 6-0 lead, but the Badgers missed their next 13 from long range before Taylor canned a 3 with 2:58 left in the game.
“We did a good job of touching Jared and Ryan down low and they made some nice moves down there and got to the foul line,” Taylor said. “It’s nice to know you can still score when the 3s not going down. It shows a different element .”
Berggren and Evans combined to go 11 of 16 from the field as the Badgers scored a season-best 36 points in the paint.
The Badgers, who entered the game leading the nation in scoring defense at 44.5 points per game, held Green Bay (4-5) to a season low in points. The Phoenix also scored 42 points in a loss to Virginia on Nov. 25.
Center Alec Brown paced Green Bay with 10 points, missing eight of his 12 field goal attempts. The 7-foot-1 sophomore had only four rebounds after posting 18 points and eight boards at Wisconsin a year ago.
The Phoenix turned the ball over 16 times.
, leading to 21 Wisconsin points, as Green Bay fell to 1-17 all-time against the Badgers. The Phoenix could not convert any of Wisconsin’s turnovers to points.
“Each half, we started off with turnovers and it killed us,” Green Bay coach Brian Wardle said. “Wisconsin penalized us for that—21 points off turnovers; we had zero off that. You’re going to lose to a really good team in their arena by 25-30 if you do that.”
NOTES: Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson drew a standing ovation from the near-capacity crowd when he was introduced during a timeout in the first half. Wilson, a transfer from North Carolina State, has led the ninth-ranked Badgers football team to a second straight Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl.