|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABA major component of leadership is rising to the occasion when the occasion calls for it. Jordan Taylor is well acquainted with “the occasion” and Thursday night he proved to the country on ESPN just why he is the leader of a team that must be feared come tournament time.
During the middle part of the second half, with the Badgers struggling with foul trouble and the ability to put the ball in the basket, the Hoosiers began a run. This run, which brought the game within striking distance for the Hoosiers to 46 -45, came to an immediate hault with the actions of Mr. Taylor. With his leadership, the Badgers went on a 14-4 run coming out of a time out.
This in and of itself is impressive considering the circumstance; however, what makes it more impressive is that all 14 points were scored by Taylor. By the time he was done with his offensive on the Hossiers, the Badgers were sitting on an 11 point lead midway through the second half. Enough time to begin to bring the toops back in and hold on for a 77-67 victory.
Taylor finished with a career high 39 points for the evening. He shot a 11-19 from the field on the night, including a torrid 7-8 from three point range, making all 10 free throw attempts. Teammate Keaton Nankivil commented, “When the game go close he was not going to let us lose or get behind.” That's leadership my friends, and that is what is going to be needed if the Badgers want to win the Big Ten Tourney and proceed into the NCAA tourney with the same type of swagger they have been playing with for the majority of the season.