Despite a lack of fanfare, the University of Wisconsin has quietly churned out another 20-win season under Head Coach Bo Ryan. One of the main reasons for that is the play of guard Jordan Taylor.
The 6-1 guard played in 33 games for the Badgers last season, but has really come into his own this year. He’s shooting 44% from the floor, 85% from the line (up from 71% last season) and an obscene 44% from three point range (up from 33% last season). When he’s on, few can stop him, or Wisconsin.
In the Badgers stunning comeback win over Ohio State, Taylor took over in the second half, scoring 21 of his 27 points, fifteen of which came from three point range. He buried seven three-pointers later in the season against Indiana.
However, the Badgers are going to need Taylor to regain his shooting stroke if they hope to take down Butler Thursday. Since lighting up the Hoosiers, Taylor has struggled immensely, hitting just 16 of 59 shots. He hasn’t made a two-point basket in the NCAA’s, or in three of his last four games overall.
But Taylor has contributed in other ways during the cold stretch. In Wisconsin’s narrow win over Kansas State, Taylor handed out six assists and didn’t have a single turnover. That kind of veteran poise is a constant for Taylor, and has served the Badgers well as they’ve marched to another Sweet 16.