Badgers Hoops Recap: Nebraska no match for Dekker & Co.

Wisconsin scored 44 points…. In the first half - the most they've scored in any half all season long as they opened up a 21 point lead at the half and never looked back in taking down Nebraska, 77-44, and more importantly keep the Badgers in the Big Ten title race. 

Sam Dekker lead all scores for the Badgers with 19 points. He lead all scorers period in the 1st half with 13 points on 4-5 shooting and added three big time assists. He hit 3-4 from behind the arc and also grabbed a rebound in that half. 

Wisconsin has now won three straight games by 20 or more points and seems to be hitting it's stride at just the right time of the season.

Nebraska was paced by Dylan Talley and his game high 21 points, but outside of him Wisconsin kept the Huskers in check. 

All this does is set up a tricky battle with a Purdue team that has played well at times, but terrible at others all Big Ten season. 

So, let's get right into the player grades and thoughts from tonight's game, shall we?


Player Stats/Thoughts Grade
Ben Brust, G


13pts, 5-9FG's, 3-5 3pt FG's, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 28 min.

Brust was on fire in this one and he didn't need to be a buzzard on the defensive end either because he did some great work on the outside on that end of the court. He has been simply amazing as of late, scoring in double figures in his last 7 games.

Ryan Evans, F


14pts, 7 rebounds, 6-13FG's, 2-2FT's, 1 assist, 27 min.

Evans had a horrible start to the game, going 0-5, but then he hit his 1st jump free throw attempt and along w/ some great feeds by Dekker Evans got going once again. Good game all around for the Senior.

Mike Bruesewitz, F


3pts, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1-4 FG's, 20 min.

This wasn't the best game on the offensive end for Bruesewitz, but he made up for it with great effort on the defensive end of the floor as he really frustrated anyone that tried to come in to the lane. Overall nice effort, but would've loved to see more shots going down.

Traevon Jackson, G


7pts, 5 assists, 3-6 FG's, 4 rebounds, 27 min.

Jackson played perhaps his best "point guard" game of the season, dishing out the most assists of his career in this game and shooting the ball well when he was asked to - not forcing it at all. He was good defensively per usual as well. 

Jared Berggren, F


4pts, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2-4 FG's, 25min.

Berggren set the all-time blocks record, with three in the 1st half, so credit to him for an awesome career on the defensive end of the court. He also happened to have an awesome NIGHT on the defensive end as well. With what was going on around him on the offensive end of the court he wasn't really needed there.

Sam Dekker, F

19pts, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 5-6FG's, 5-6FT's, 4-5 3pt FG's, 22 min.

This was Dekker's best game of his career by a LONG shot and perhaps just a glimpse of things to come. He's confident & he's also getting it done better on the defensive end. Sit back & enjoy the ride as this is going to be a career worth remembering when it's all said and done & tonight will be one of the games we won't forget.

George Marshall, G


6pts, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 2-5 FG's, 2-4 3pt FG's, 19 min.

Marshall hasn't been playing well as of late and this was a nice bounce back performance for him. He got more minutes because of the blow out & he executed well in those minutes. The defense still needs work, but is coming along.

Frank Kaminsky, F


3pts, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 3-4FT's, 10 min.

He didn't play a lot of minutes in this one but he was impactful in the time he did see on the court. If UW wasn't blowing out the Huskers he probably would've seen close to 18-20 minutes. Good, solid effort again from an improving big man.


4 Takeaways:

- BENCH MOB was in full effect in this one as Dan Fahey, J.D. Wise, and Jordan Smith all got on the score sheet with points in this one. So did Evan Anderson. That should tell you all you need to know about how not close this game was nearly from the get go. 

- Who cares how Ryan Evans shoots free throws as long as he's making them, right? Sure he looks funny taking a jump shot and all, but when things are mental it's all about starting a new routine and getting out of your own head and it appeared to work for him to a point on Tuesday night.

- Bo Ryan is clearly seeing just how important Sam Dekker is, as the sixth man is seeing more and more minutes in just about every game down the stretch here. 

- Wisconsin has won it's last three games by a combined 79 points and that includes a game against Ohio State in there. This has been the most impressive stretch of basketball I've seen from this team all season & if they win out could this be the best coaching job of Bo Ryan's career? We'll explore all that and more tomorrow night at 8:30pm CT on Badgers Power Hour on the Sports Intelligentsia Radio Network.

Andrew Coppens

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Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site