Five things Wisconsin Basketball needs to prove in Battle 4 Atlantis

ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 16: Ethan Happ (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 01: Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates the 59-54 win over the Maryland Terrapins during the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Continue hitting threes at a high clip

Wisconsin has been lighting it up from deep through the first three games. D’Mitrik Trice’s jump shot is seemingly touched by God as he’s shooting 65% from three-point range this year. Against Xavier, he was 5-5 from deep and finished with 22 points. His playmaking ability was not to be outdone by his shooting ability, he also had five assists in that game.

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Outside of Trice, Brevin Pritzl is shooting 42.9% on 4.7 three attempts per game, Brad Davison is shooting 40% on five attempts per game, and Nate Reuvers is at exactly 50% and is taking two attempts per game from downtown.

Being able to spread the floor around Happ is the easiest way for the Badgers to create offense and it has led to impressive assist numbers from Happ early on. Wisconsin has multiple threats to force hard closeouts and so far they’ve been making defenses pay.

It’s safe to say if this historic level of shooting holds up Wisconsin has a chance to do something seriously special this year. However, that’s unlikely. Some regression to the mean is probably coming at some point. Wisconsin fans just have to hope it’s over the long haul and not all at once.

Wisconsin has the firepower to win the Battle 4 Atlantis if the shooting can hold up for the next three games. The Badgers should be able to win the first two without elite shooting performances, but hitting those shots will obviously help.