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Bo Ryan explains why tempo-free is where it’s at

Bo Ryan’s got it figured out. Wisconsin’s offense may not fly up and down the court, but few teams can match Ryan’s when it comes to scoring points. Because few teams score more efficiently than the Badgers. When they’re clicking, it’s a thing of beauty.

Oddly enough, they haven’t clicked lately, but they’re still scoring as efficiently as anyone.

Wisconsin’s field-goal percentage (not a tempo-free friendly stat) is dead last among Big Ten teams at 39.8 percent. But they score 1.14 points per possession, on par with Illinois, currently shooting lights out. So, in case you’re still not getting what’s going on with Wisconsin, I’ll let Ryan explain.

“If you shoot 33 percent (from 3-point range), that’s 50 percent from the floor (overall),” Ryan told “That can make up for (a low overall shooting percentage) and give you your points per possession, because the field goal percentage doesn’t have to be as high if you’re hitting 3s.”

The Badgers make 37.4 percent of their 3s. So yeah, Ryan has it figured out.

With Indiana coming to town Thursday night, it’ll be an interesting showdown of offenses. The Hoosiers’ overall efficiency isn’t as good as Wisconsin’s, but they shoot a smidge better.

How will it play out? Wisconsin wins, of course. Badgers never lose at home.

Want more? I’m also on Twitter @MikeMillerNBC.