November 16, 2008

Post Long Beach State: notes and quotes

MADISON, Wis. - Long Beach State gave the Wisconsin men's basketball team a solid effort, but UW used a late Marcus Landry three-pointer to seal its season opening win.


The following are post-game notes from Sunday afternoon:

-Landry's 23-point performance and sophomore Tim Jarmusz's 19 minutes of game action set career highs respectively for each player.

-Two freshman, Jordan Taylor and Robert Wilson saw playing time in their first regular season game as a Badger. Taylor logged 15 minutes of action and finished with two points, two assists, four rebounds and one turnover. Wilson shot 1-for-4 from the field and finished with three points and an assist.

-Keaton Nankivil's 18 minutes of playing time was a career high.

-With the win, the Badgers improved to 84-27 all-time in season openers including a 69-14 mark at home. Since Ryan became the head coach at Wisconsin, UW has won 7-of-8 season openers.

-The Badgers are now 82-28 in non-conference games under Ryan, including a 53-4 record at home.

-UW improved to 4-1 all-time against teams from the Big West conference with the only blemish coming against Pacific.

The following are quotes from Sunday afternoon:

Bo Ryan on the play of Tim Jarmusz, especially on the defensive end:

"He was hustling so hard that the guy had to tackle him to keep him from getting to the free throw line. I was going to put Keaton (Nankivil) in there right before that but the way Tim was playing and their small line-up and they were running guys off of those screens. Tim gave up one offensive rebound for a bucket and he can scrap. He played big and with that kind of drive and hustle, I couldn't take him out."

Marcus Landry on the alley-oop he received from Jordan Taylor:

"We kind of said something to each other about the alley before that. Then, it was like three possessions later. He kind of forgot and I seen that it was open and I was kind of creeping through the lane and I kind of gave him eye contact. He gave me a funny look and the next thing I know the ball was in the air. So, I just had to make sure he didn't get a turnover and go up and get it."

Joe Krabbenhoft on playing four games in the next six days:

"I can't wait, I can't wait to play again. I prefer just getting out there any time we can. Tomorrow practice is going to be tough. To turn around right away and play again on Tuesday, then again on Friday I believe, but that's fun. That's what we're here to do. These pre-season tournaments and to have the schedule like this will really prepare you for the NCAA tournament which is our ultimate goal at the end of the year.



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