Wisconsin completes sweep of in-state foes, beats Milwaukee 78-52

The Wisconsin Badgers remained perfect on the season, taking down in-state foe Wisconsin-Milwaukee 78-52 thanks to a crazy first half effort as a team and by Ben Brust in particular. This game was over in the first half thanks to a group of three things: 

The win moved Wisconsin to 11-0 on the season, tying the record for best start to a year in school history with the 1993-94 Stu Jackson-led squad. 

Ben Brust was the catalyst that sparked the Badger blowout, as he finished the first half with this crazy line for himself: 

Wisconsin did it in a variety of ways in the first half, but cooled down in the second half. It is hard to top the kind of shooting the Badgers put up in the first half. At the end of the day, Wisconsin ended up shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 10-of-26 from three-point-land and were 6-of-9 from the free throw line. 

All one really needs to know about how ridiculous the Badgers night was is watching Traevon Jackson do this: 

Yes, you are seeing the point guar dunk. Who knew that was possible, right? 

Add that to the list of worries for opposing teams…OK, that may be going a bit far, but still it's indicative of just how much Wisconsin was feeling it on the offensive end in the first half of the game. 

Enough of the talk though, we all know you are here for the grades, right? 

Player Stats/Thoughts Grade

Ben Brust, G

18pts, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 7-13 FGs, 4-8 3pt FGs

No question Brust had himself a heck of a game, however the 2nd half left a lot to be desired—especially after a perfect 1st half was followed up by 1-7 shooting in the last stanza. Overall though he was impressive and more of that type of shooting in the Big Ten season will go a long way. 

Nigel Hayes, F

4pts, 3 rebounds, 2-2 FGs, 1 block

The stat line was full for Hayes in his 16 minutes of action, but defensively he still needs some work. On the offensive end, there probably isn't a better pure post player on the UW roster and he showed a good relationship developing w/ Dekker as well. This kid keeps growing as the season develops. 

Jordan Hill, G

2pts, 0-1 FGs, 4 minutes

Hill usually wouldn't show up in our grades post, but seriously…the guy had his first ever points in the Cardinal and White of the Badgers uniform. Congrats to him. 

Traevon Jackson, G

12 pts, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 5-7 FGs

Over the last week or so Jackson has really put it all together, limiting his turnovers and showing a deep offensive arsenal. He added to that tonight with his 1st ever slam-dunk. This could be a breakout year for the junior guard who continues to surprise me on a nearly nightly basis. 

Duje Dukan, F

0 pts, 2 rebounds 0-4 FG's

Dukan has had much, much better days as a Badger this season. No doubt it was a rough night for him. He only saw 8 minutes of action, but couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, which is extremely unlike him and defensively he was just OK. 

Sam Dekker, F

12pts, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 5-8 FGs, 1-2 3pt FGs

This was another all-around game for the star forward. He didn't have to be the one doing all the scoring, so he facilitated to his teammates and crashed the boards as well. His growing relationship with Nigel Hayes was fun to watch as well and could be a lot of fun in the future.

Josh Gasser, G

3pts, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1-6 FGs, 1-3 3pt FGs

Yes, Gasser didn't shoot the ball well, but when the Badgers needed him, he came through in a big way early on in this game. Let's not forget, the Badgers didn't pull away until nearly midway in the 1st half & Gasser's defense was the glue that kept UW from a deep hole.  

Bronson Koenig, G

6pts, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3-4 FGs

Koening is going to be something really special for this team in the very near future. He clearly has the confidence of the coaching staff and his play pushed George Marshall to seek other opportunities. His game was on full display over 16 minutes of action and in particular we saw a great handle and vision on a 3-on-1 fast break opportunity. Not a bad night for the true freshman.

Frank Kaminsky, F

16 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 6-11 FGs

It wasn't a big rebounding night for Kaminsky, but that was because the Badgers were hitting nearly everything they were making in the 1st half. Kaminsky was patient, smart & executed well when it was his turn to score. He's really come into his own as one of the most reliable players UW has on both sides of the ball and tonight was a great example of that.



Andrew Coppens

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