The Wisconsin offense, which is sometimes known to hibernate throughout the winter, turned up freezing cold in Friday’s shocking loss to No. 12 seeded Mississippi.
The Badgers shot 25 percent from the field, looked timid down the stretch and were unable to execute against a team more known for an arrogant sharpshooter than defensive prowess.
The result, while surprising given the seed differential, isn’t all that shocking when you consider how similarly inconsistent Wisconsin’s offense has been this year.
In the stunning win over Michigan on Feb. 9, the Badgers shot 41 percent on 10-of-24 from deep. But in their befuddling late-season loss to Michigan State, Wisconsin managed just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc.
The Badgers’ defense was tremendous all year long, but no amount of defensive pressure can knock down a three-point field goal.
Against Mississippi, Wisconsin shot 23 percent from outside, and Big Ten Coach of the Year Bo Ryan couldn’t do anything about it. He knew all season that his team had devolved into a three-point shooting team, capable of beating teams littered with NBA prospects or dropping games to low tier conference opponents.
Given their monumental highs this season followed by Friday’s devastating low, it’s fair to ask whether this season was a success.