Madison (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team was ranked third last week in the AP poll, but the Badgers won't be there this week.
There's no telling how far Wisconsin will fall, following back-to-back Big Ten losses to unranked teams.
Saturday, it was a 7-point home loss to Michigan. Much of the Badgers' offense is centered around shot selection, and the Wolverines were able to force Wisconsin out of its game, especially in the post, where Michigan's length clearly gave the Badgers issues. Seven times, Wisconsin had shots swatted away.
What's the answer? Players say, it's going back to the fundamentals of shooting.
"A couple times we found the open guys but a couple times we let the defense dictate what kind of shot it was," says Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, "therefore, it becomes a bad shot."
"There are such good athletes in this league, when we get there we just gotta make better decisions," says Wisconsin junior guard Josh Gasser, "there's pump-faking, kicking it out to the open shooter, playing it from there, you know we need to keep attacking."
Despite that 16-0 start to the season, the Badgers find themselves in a 4th-place tie in the Big Ten with a 3-2 conference record.. Wisconsin will travel to Minnesota and Purdue this week. That challenge should allow the Badgers to move forward from these disappointing losses.
"There's a lot of ups and downs in a basketball season so you cant dwell on a game or two," says Wisconsin sophomore forward Sam Dekker, "there's a long way to go."
"We have no time to feel sorry for ourselves by any means because we're on the road and I think everyone knows it's not easy to win road games in the Big Ten," says Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust, "we gotta move forward and get after those."
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