The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team scratched and clawed their way to a low-scoring victory 53-41 over Rutgers University Saturday. The Badgers won, but the game was far from an offensive clinic.Both squads shot poorly throughout the game and struggled to find an offensive rhythm. The shooting percentages were not pretty on either side, with UW going 36.1 percent from the floor and Rutgers shooting 27.1 percent.Emily Hamer/The Badger HeraldWomen’s basketball: Badgers desperate for a win with Rutgers in the crosshairsThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (6-20, 1-12 Big Ten) will square off against Rutgers University (6-20, 3-10) in Read…UW won the 3-point shooting battle, edging the Scarlet Knights from the arc by 7.5 percent. This deep ball was one of the keys that propelled the Badgers to victory.The Badgers doubled Rutgers’ 3-point total, connecting on six shots compared to three for Rutgers. The Badgers found their real offensive advantage, however, at the free throw line. UW went 21 for 27 from the charity stripe while Rutgers finished 12 for 16 from the line.That three-basket advantage from beyond the 3-point line and 9 more points generated by free throws made up for a sloppy night with plenty of turnovers.The Badgers and the Scarlet Knights both struggled to contain their turnovers as they each logged more than 20 by the final whistle. Free throws and 3-pointers allowed UW the victory.Emily Hamer/The Badger HeraldThe Badgers’ effort on defense, however, shouldn’t be overlooked.UW held Rutgers’ leading scorer, Shrita Parker, to 16 points on 5 for 16 shooting. The Badgers knew coming in that Parker was the engine for the Scarlet Knights’ offense, and if they could contain her they could also stymie their opponent’s entire offensive attack.Only one other Rutgers player had more than 11 points, as the Badgers did a good job creating turnovers and disrupting offensive flow.Avayana Young’s and Cayla McMorris’ strong performances led the UW offense. Young led the Badgers in scoring with 14 points while also contributing six rebounds. McMorris, the only other Badger in double digits, scored 10 points.Emily Hamer/The Badger HeraldMen’s basketball: Wisconsin trumps Maryland 71-60 in Big Ten battleA second-half offensive explosion and stingy defense led the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team to a 71-60 win over Read…Bench production was another offensive key for the Badgers as four bench players combined for 16 points. The Rutgers bench only had 5 points.Despite losing both the turnover and rebounding battles, UW still had enough of an offense push to finish on top. They did not let turnovers beat them the way they have in other games this season.Following the win against Rutgers, UW only has two Big Ten games left. The first comes Wednesday at home against Illinois, and the second will be played Sunday against Iowa on the road. Wednesday’s game against Illinois tips at the Kohl Center at 7 p.m.
This is the Monday, Feb. 10 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Maybe Darren Collison has it figured out. After all, we’re all working this Monday, and he’s not.It might work for the 32-year-old still-retiree, but that doesn’t help the Lakers very much after the news emerged that he’s still ready to kick back and stay out of the league. Adding him potentially gave the Lakers the second creator and shooter who they’ve been so clearly in need of.What’s left? It’s a perilously thin buyout market that many of you have questions about. Let’s dive in: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMany of you want to know what’s going on in the buyout market, including @GregF___11, @TheHugo Morales, and @Jimmyy_lee1.First, it has to be said that the Lakers would have to clear a roster spot to add a new guy. You’re looking at probably someone on the end of the bench: Troy Daniels or Talen Horton-Tucker leap to mind. One might be wondering why not DeMarcus Cousins, as the Lakers already have a trade exception that indicates it’s unlikely that he’s coming back this year. And yet the Lakers have really hedged on that: We’ve seen DeMarcus shooting after practices, and Coach Frank Vogel has said multiple times there’s a chance he could come back. It’s relevant that Cousins is really close to Anthony Davis and other members of the roster – he has a role, just not on the court. Whether his ACL heals before the season ends or not, it’s hard to see him being cut to make space for a guy who might or might not help the Lakers.Speaking of that guy, there’s a few options that have been discussed through various reports:Dion Waiters: ESPN said the Lakers would look into “exploratory” talks with Dion Waiters, who was just waived by the Memphis Grizzlies after being jettisoned by the Heat in a trade for Andre Iguodala. Waiters is 28, theoretically in his prime. A 6-foot-3 guard who can handle and score (13.3 ppg, 2.8 apg in his career), it’s theoretically what the Lakers need. Note the heavy use of “theoretically,” because Waiters’ career is on a slow downward slide that reached a pretty bad point in Miami: He was suspended 10 games for an incident on the team plane when he reportedly had an edible-induced panic attack. He was later suspended for posting a photo of himself on a boat on the same day he told the team he was unavailable for sickness. This is all during this season, even though you might be telling yourself that’s a career’s worth of strikes.Waiters also has a poor history with LeBron James, losing a starting role in Cleveland before being traded midseason. Before that, he had a problematic relationship with Kyrie Irving, believing he was the better player. The ensuing years have not proven him right. Has he grown since then? Recent events in Miami suggest he still has problems fitting in a winning locker room. The possible counterpoint is that the Lakers have done the unlikely once already by resurrecting Dwight Howard’s career. J.R. Smith: The New York Times has reported that he could be in line for a workout with the Lakers. If you’re interested in such things, you can look up a lot of recent Instagram workouts of Smith, who is based in Los Angeles at the moment and, at 34, is conducting four- or five-hour daily workout sessions in the hopes that he can re-enter the league. Obviously he has experience, winning a championship in 2016 with James and Cleveland. He’s a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter, and at 6-foot-6, he fulfills a positional need for the Lakers who need wing depth.But he’s also 34. The last NBA game he played was Nov. 19, 2018. That’s a long layoff. He also had dramatic swings in reliability (everyone remembers the Game 1 gaffe when Smith accidentally forced overtime, right?). It’s hard to say to what degree he would help the Lakers, who could have picked him up this summer but did not.Jamal Crawford: This is not in association with any report, but someone asked me about the 39-year-old J-Crossover, who I freely admit to having a soft spot for. Who hasn’t at least had a fleeting moment of joy when watching Crawford light up a team for, I don’t know, 51 points last season? That being said, he’s going to turn 40 before this season ends. He’s not gotten much of a sniff from other teams. The last two teams he played for were not winners. I’m not convinced that Crawford fulfills the needs of the Lakers, who need a second-unit initiator, not just a scorer. Crawford’s defense at this point in his career also can’t be counted on, and the Lakers need that as much as anything in order to keep that player in the rotation come postseason. I would gladly cheer a Crawford return to the NBA, but I’m not sure he adds value to the Lakers at this point and helps them achieve their goals.As you’re probably sensing, the market is pretty dry at this point barring more buyouts or surprise returns. It’s on the Lakers to start shoring things up from within, even if they do add another player.@FiL_Hannah wants to know: “Is it realistic that Rondo actually loses minutes to current Lakers roster players? Or at all?”It’s apparent that Rajon Rondo has seen his production dip. He actually started out very well in November, shooting nearly 45 percent from 3-point range and with a reasonably low turnover ratio for how much he handles the ball. But in the month-by-month splits, there’s been slippage: He’s now just shooting 33.3 percent from deep and under 42 percent on all shots, and his turnover ratio is now up to more than 17 percent in just four games in February (small sample size, but indicative of how his numbers are trending). Overall, the Lakers are not playing as well when he’s on the floor as when he’s off. People have asked me about this many times – trust me, it’s noted.There are numerous factors that influence that last particular stat, including that Rondo doesn’t play with LeBron James in lineups as other players do. When he and James play together, the Lakers have a plus-11.5 rating. But that also reflects his role: He’s expected to run the show when James sits, and that hasn’t been going so well lately. The Lakers’ third-most used lineup in the last 10 games is Rondo, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso, and that group has a minus-20.3 net rating in that span. The dips at the end of the first quarter and third quarter when James sits are obvious to every regular viewer.That doesn’t all lay at the feet of Rondo, but he has not elevated the situation. And yet the Lakers have not changed his role, in part because they lack another guard who duplicates what he does. Quinn Cook has struggled as a creator for this team, in part due to his size. Caruso has proven to be more valuable as an off-ball guard to this point, or someone who can run transition offense. If you look at the monthly splits, Rondo has hovered right over 20 minutes per game. It’s hard to see that role changing, especially if the Lakers’ roster doesn’t add a new play creator (which is dramatically less likely with Darren Collison off the board).It’s worth mentioning that “Playoff Rondo” is kind of a thing, as he was brilliant in the playoffs for both Chicago and New Orleans in recent years. There’s potential that as the regular season winds down and the playoffs get closer, Rondo is able to tune in a little more to his role. But that does feel like quite a bet for a 33-year-old point guard (about to turn 34) who has seemingly lost a step.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. 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