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September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWisconsin men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard affirmed his belief that a big part of the team’s success has been an improvement in players’ cohesive play and understanding concepts better — especially when it comes to the younger members of the team.With Wisconsin (19-10 Overall, 11-5 Big Ten) scheduled to play Minnesota (8-20) Wednesday in Minneapolis, Gard took a moment Monday to reflect on what helped Wisconsin reach this point in the season, and how he plans to move the team forward.Gard placed his focus on the team’s evolution as a whole, rather than just zoning in on one player. He addressed a few key advancements that have made the biggest difference in overall play.“I think we’ve gotten better offensively. I found some great clips where we moved the ball well last night,” Gard said. “Defensively I found great clips where we really exchanged well in dribble penetration attempts. We also exchanged ball screens at the right time. There was three or four that we made mistakes with ball screens, where we got caught too high on the screener, and they threw over the top of us.”The team might not be perfect yet, but Gard is clearly paying close attention to mistakes that were made and deciding how to effectively repair them.Despite the obvious upward trend in Wisconsin’s play, Gard is still hesitant to look as far as the upcoming tournaments. Rather, he prefers a different approach when it comes to continuing the team’s success. Gard and the rest of the Badgers maintain the mindset of taking things one day, and one practice at a time.“That’s the mindset we’ve taken all year. I don’t even really let them jump ahead even to the game yet,” Gard said. “It’s about today, and the first hour it will be how we can get better ourselves. A lot of today’s practice will be individual improvement and some team things as well, and also making sure that we’re staying healthy. If we need to rest a few guys here or there we’ll do that and be smart about that.”In terms of future strategies, Gard’s approach is relatively the same.“I think at this point in time in the year, you have to be careful. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “Nothing miraculous is going to be discovered in today’s practice other than where we can sharpen up, get better in areas and a lot of that will be visual with the video.”So far, Gard’s one-day-at-a-time mindset and attention to detail has been working in the Badgers’ favor.last_img read more

December 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgStory Links 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Preseason Notes Live Stats Live Audio center_img Buy Tickets DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team hosts Concordia-St. Paul in its lone exhibition contest on the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. following the women’s exhibition against Mid America Nazarene at 2 p.m.  The exhibition will be fans’ first opportunity to get a look at the 2016-17 Bulldogs prior to next Friday’s season opener against South Dakota.Fans in attendance at Saturday’s exhibition will also receive a limited number of 2016-17 schedule posters.The Bulldogs take to the Knapp Center court led by preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selection Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who is the MVC’s top returning scorer after averaging 16.8 points per game as a sophomore in 2015-16. In addition to Timmer, the team returns five other players that saw time in the starting five last season and eight players who averaged 10 or more minutes per game.Added to that mix are a pair of junior college transfers that will be making their Knapp Center debut in De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.). McMurray averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 assists per game as a point guard at Southwestern Illinois College while Thomas averaged 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in one season at Tyler Junior College. The Bulldogs also welcome a pair redshirts back to the fold in center Kory Kuenstling (Dunkerton, Iowa) and Johannes Dolven (Oslo, Norway).Concordia-St. Paul already has one exhibition win under its belt this year, a 73-65 win over Northland on Wednesday evening. The Golden Bears shot 43.4 percent from the field and enjoyed a 24-rebound advantage in the win. Bryndan Matthews led the team with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The sophomore is the team’s top returning scorer having averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 46.8 percent of his shots from the floor.Following Saturday’s exhibition, the Bulldogs return to the practice court prior to opening the season in earnest on Friday, Nov. 11, against South Dakota. Tipoff for the opener is set for 8:35 p.m. at the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more