I'm sure this post will get ridiculed but here goes: I don't think this was a moral victory at all. Since when is losing a game that we should have won by 15-20 a moral victory? That's right, I know Wiscy is #14 in the nation and whatnot, but we should have killed them tonight with the way they played. At halftime, we were up 23-18. We gave up 10 offensive boards in the first half and I counted 3 missed dunks by us. Most of the offensive boards were on plays where we didn't box out one (or more) of their players and missed dunks are inexcusable, just LAY IT IN!!!! That halftime score should have been more like 30-10 or 30-15 and then we cruise. Both teams played better in the second half and they came back to beat us because we didn't completely bury them when we had the chance in the first. One other thing, why don't we go to Basabe more often on offense? I thought there were way too many forced, difficult shots by Cartwright and especially Gatens when Basabe was owning people constantly. Any time Basabe is being guarded by a 6'6 ginger he needs to get the ball.
Basabe was a huge bright spot for me. He scored over Leuer and Nankivil and swatted those guys too. I don't know how responsible he was for the defensive rebounding disaster, so maybe that mitigates his positives a bit. Marble was very good tonight too. Based on the last three games (the only ones I've been able to see this season), I think this team has the physical tools to be a 0.500 team in the Big Ten, but they make too many mistakes. Wisconsin didn't have anything on us in terms of raw athleticism.