Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38: Badgers do their part in B1G/ACC Challenge

Make no mistake about it, these two conferences take this challenge very seriously and after going 2-4 last night, the Big Ten was looking to get off to a fast start in night two. Enter Wisconsin, who did it's part by winning 48-38, and more importantly keeping its undefeated record intacked at 9-0. 

The win also gave Bo Ryan his 300th win at Wisconsin, becoming only the 9th coach to ever get to that plateau in Big Ten history.

It wasn't pretty at most times on Wednesday, but the Badgers battled through some tough shooting times and found a rhythm when it was needed early in the second half. 

A transition drive and layup by Sam Dekker and a three-pointer on the next possession by Ben Brust broke the Badgers shooting slump a bit and it was all UW needed. 

Wisconsin's defense and flat out terrible shooting by the Cavaliers also contributed to Wisconsin going up by as many as 14 in the second half. 

Leading the way for all scorers and the Badgers Josh Gasser with 11 points. 

So, how did the Badgers fare as individuals on Wednesday night? Let's get to the grades. 

Players Stats/Thoughts Grades

Ben Brust, G

8pts, 8 rebounds, 3-9 FGs, 2-7 3pt FGs

Brust and the Badgers struggled from the floor on Wednesday night, but he made his presence felt on the boards. Additionally he was part of the key back-to-back possessions that go points to start the second half scoring for Wisconsin. Not a great day, but not his worst by a long shot. 

Nigel Hayes, F

2pts, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1-3 FGs

For playing just nine minutes Hayes made a decent impact, but he also made some bad plays on the offensive end of the court. It was tough sledding for the seniors, so I can only imagine what it would be like as a freshman in that scenario. He continues to make the most of whatever minutes he gets and that's a positive.

Traevon Jackson, G

8pts, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3-13 FGs

What can you say about the night for Jackson, other than it wasn't pretty. He did a nice job of getting teammates involved, but DAMN was he brutal from the field. Luckily for him he did other things well to help his team or this would be a major downer of a game for him. 

Duje Dukan, F

3pts, 1 rebound, 1-4 FGs, 1-3 3pt FGs

Dukan saw 11 minutes in this game, but he wasn't the offensive spark this team was needing or hoping him to be. Not much else to say about him, other than to say his defense is improving and that will only see him get more minutes as the season goes along. 

Sam Dekker, F

7pts, 5 rebounds, 1-8 FGs, 5-8 FTs

Not Dekker's best game by a long shot, but the one field goal he did make was HUGE. He took a transition throw from Jackson at the elbow of the three-point line and turned it into a layup that broke a scoreless streak to start the second half. UW's offense woke up, but Dekker didn't from there. At least he was better from the line?

Josh Gasser, G

11pts, 5 rebounds, 2-2 FGs, 5-6 FTs

Easily Gasser's best overall game of the season. Not only did he lead all scores in this game, he found ways to be effective when his team needed him most on both ends of the court. Other than a stupid foul in the middle of the the second half when the game was getting closer, it was nearly flawless for Gasser.

Bronson Koenig, G

0pts, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 0-2 FGs

Getting 14 minutes and not recording more than one of anything at all isn't very good, but then again, he wasn't asked to take a lot of shots or really do much offensively. He did play pretty good on the defensive end and it remains a tough question as to who gets minutes when/if Marshall comes back. 

Frank Kaminsky, F

9pts, 12 rebounds, 4-11 FGs, 2 steals/blocks

Kaminsky's role was very important to the Badgers success on both ends of the floor. He handled the trap defense Virginia threw at him very well, was one of the better shooters on the night and just cleaned up on the glass. All of those were hugely important for UW to remain undefeated on the year.



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, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com