They say defense wins championships.
Friday's results belied that notion. Wisconsin was the Big Ten's top scoring defense in conference play (55.8 PPG allowed). Its abrasive man-to-man style anchors Bo Ryan's philosophy. Force tough shots on defense, work for smart shots on offense -- even if that means using all 35 seconds on the shot clock for each attempt.
And in the first half, the strategy worked. Marshall Henderson, the SEC's top scorer, made just one of his first 13 shots. And then, he began to feel it. A few 3s, a floater, a drive. The most polarizing figure in college was suddenly a hero after halftime.
The Badgers couldn't identify a similar offensive star. They recorded just one field goal in the final 6:52 of the loss. Once the Marshall Henderson Show began after halftime, Ryan needed his own initiator to counter the Ole Miss star.
Not just another stop.
When Dr. James Naismith invented the game, he didn't start with a 1-3-1 zone. His idea began with a peach basket and a ball. The goal? Score more than your opponent.
Offense is still the great equalizer in college basketball.
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