Five things Wisconsin Basketball needs to prove in Battle 4 Atlantis

ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 16: Ethan Happ (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 16: Ethan Happ (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 26: Joshua Langford #1 of the Michigan State Spartans drives to the basket while defended by Brevin Pritzl #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers at Breslin Center on January 26, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Wisconsin needs help for Happ, Davison, and Trice

Against Xavier, only two other players made field goals besides Ethan Happ, Brad Davison, and D’Mitrik Trice. That’s not going to cut it moving forward. That typically doesn’t cut it anyway. The Badgers were very fortunate to win a road game against a Big East team with such a statement being true about their team.

Those three names are so good it didn’t matter against Xavier. If the contributions outside of those guys aren’t consistent Wisconsin can still be solid because Happ, Davison, and Trice are so good. But if they can get added help, Wisconsin can be great.

The names to look for are Brevin Pritzl, Nate Reuvers, Khalil Iverson, and Charlie Thomas. Those four make up the rest of the starting lineup and are two of the first names off the bench. That seven-man rotation has to be able to contribute more than just a handful of points. This week that is especially true as everybody’s endurance will be put to the test with three games in three days.

The Badgers got double digits out of Reuvers, Pritzl, and Thomas against Houston Baptist Saturday night. That’s the kind of teamwork that’ll make the dream work in 2018-19.