Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Immediate analysis: Badgers freshman Chucky Hepburn helped power Wisconsin past St. Francis

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University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard talks to the media about freshman point guard Chucky Hepburn after defeating St. Francis College Brooklyn 81-58 on Tuesday night at the Kohl’s Center in Madison.



The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team began the season Tuesday night with an 81-58 win over St. Francis College Brooklyn at the Kohl’s Center. Here are my three quick thoughts on the game:

pointed in the right direction

Chucky Hepburn was introduced to the starting lineup and turned the wrong way after reaching the end of the path created by reserves on either side.

Hepburn quickly corrected herself and, well, it was one of the few mistakes she made while becoming the first true freshman to start the opener for the Badgers since Devin Harris made 20 years earlier. Was.

Hepburn took some questionable shots early in the game. But one of them, a 3-pointer at the start of the shot clock, went in and Hepburn was on her way to a team-high nine points in the first half.

He became a bit crooked late in the game, swinging the ball back-to-back possession after scoring no overs in the first 34 minutes of the game.

Still, it was a solid start for Hepburn, who finished with 13 points in 23 minutes.

Two things stand out about Hepburn: he’s got a sharp hand on the defense, though he has to be careful of being upset by a foul.

Plus, Hepburn has some personality. After using a back-the-back dribble to set himself up for a 3-pointer over the key that he pulled out in the second half, Hepburn followed for an extra moment.

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