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The Morning After Recap: Monday, January 9

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The fall of Bo Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers might be more than some miniscule blip on the radar, but the ultra-efficient program still ranks among the nation's best when it comes to advanced statistics. Stat-wiz Ken Pomeroy has Wisconsin sitting comfortably at No. 2 in America in his detailed formula, which is an obvious hat-tip to Ryan's hounding defense and possession-based style.

But the No. 2 team in college hoops, ahead of powerhouses like Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse? It almost doesn't seem possible, or even plausible, to give the Badgers such an unwavering level of support right now. For those who have yet to see the light, this mix-up probably isn't exactly the best endorsement for Pomeroy's ranking ability. But KenPom as a whole isn't just a list of teams that the man behind the curtain decides he likes, and some people have yet to pick up on that. The numbers, whether they fool us with half-truths or not, never lie.

The Local Guys

* UM's Trey Burke on Jordan Taylor: "I looked at some of the tendencies he had. I studied him over the last couple days so it could lead over to the team defense." (Detroit Free Press)

* C.J. Leslie tied season-highs in points (20) & rebounds (11) in a win over Maryland (Washington Times)

* A now-healthy Detroit squad managed to snap a 10-game losing streak against Butler (Indianapolis Star)

The Blogosphere

* It's all about surviving bad Pac-12 losses for Sean Miller right now (Arizona Desert Storm)

* Villanova's first Big East win arrived, despite an eye-gouging 27 turnovers (The Nova Blog)

* The Bears witnessed yet another impressive performance from Minnesota transfer Justin Cobbs (Cal Golden Blogs)

Who Won It Best

Michigan - This team needed to show something big on Sunday to remain legitimate in the conference title picture, and the guys in yellow were absolutely up to the test. Michigan's defense held the 19th-ranked Badgers to a season-low 41 points, mostly due to a complete shutdown of Wisconsin's top three scorers. The obvious keys to a victory for the Badgers entering the day, Jordan Taylor, Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren were held to just 30% from the floor by the Michigan defense. Statement game.

Who Lost it Worst

Butler - Okay, this is starting to get painful. The Bulldogs dropped their second Horizon League game in five chances on Sunday, moving to a frustrating 9-8 on the year. Once a perfect blend of offensive and defensive efficiency, Brad Stevens' team is now one of the worst three-point and free throw shooting units in college basketball. Has the bottom already fallen out, or could things *gasp* get worse?


Greg Mangano-Yale - Along with his a career-high 35 points, the Yale senior effectively defined the term 'clean the glass' in his game on Sunday afternoon. In 32 minutes of action, Mangano accounted for 22 rebounds, exactly one more than visiting St. Joseph's NY-Long Island hauled down all day. Quite impressive.

By The Numbers

6.7% - Southern Cal's three-point accuracy in a 57-46 loss to Arizona. The Trojans, who a putrid 4-12 on the year, managed just 16 points in the first half.

This Really Happened

Check out this wild finish from Illinois State/Evansville on Saturday (H/T The Dagger)