MADISON, Wis. - It's easy to see that Wisconsin forward Ryan Evans is struggling at the free throw line.
Evans' free throw percentage has plummeted to just 31.8 percent through 10 games this season, which is quite a departure from his career numbers. The 6-foot-6 senior made just under 70 percent of his free throws over the last three seasons, and made 72.6 percent of his 117 attempts in his first year as a starter in 2011.
But Evans made just one out of nine attempts in Wisconsin's 60-50 loss to in-state rival Marquette over the weekend, and his struggles have the Badgers looking for ways to him help get out of his slump.
"You can't yell someone into making shots," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said in his weekly press conference. "But yelling isn't the only way to get a point across."
Ryan said the team has been trying to help Evans get his shot back on track, and he might benefit from some of the free throw games the Badgers play at the end of their practices. But Ryan said that the senior hasn't shied away from contact near the post, and that Evans will be working hard to get his shot back on track.
"He's been trying. It's in his head right now," Ryan said. "It isn't because he doesn't care, it isn't because he's not working. It's all part of what people go through."
"Ryan's getting to the line, and once he starts making them it's going to help us."
News and notes:
-- Ryan said that as of about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, he hadn't heard whether Mike Bruesewitz had been cleared for practice by the training staff. Bruesewitz missed Saturday's game with Marquette due to a concussion he sustained in practice.
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