The Wisconsin Badgers will enter the season by being ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They are expected to have a stingy defense–as usual–and Sam Dekker is getting a bunch of hype. What about that backcourt, though?
Wisconsin has a very underrated backcourt to say the least. Not many people seem to be talking about it. Returning is the leading scorer from last year in Ben Brust. Josh Gasser will also be back.
Brust is a very important player on this team and should be the leader on and off the court. He is a senior and all. Brust averaged 11.1 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. He also shot 42.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from behind the arc.
He is a lethal three-point shooter and his percent from long range and 79 made threes last year prove that.
Gasser will be taking the court once again. He did not play last year, but managed to average 7.6 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season. Gasser shot 46.4 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from behind the arc (42 made threes).
Gasser and Brust will make their fair share of threes in the upcoming season and they will both show their worth.
Traevon Jackson should get quite a bit of playing time as well. He averaged 6.9 points per game last season in 27.8 minutes per game.
Dekker is naturally going to get the most hype on the team. He is the most talented player and could/should lead the Badgers in scoring.
Wisconsin will once again compete for a Big Ten title and will more than likely make the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Get ready to see a great, but very underrated backcourt once the season actually starts, though.