Badgers avenge earlier loss, down Michigan 75-62

Michigan's Caris LeVert had a career day, but it was Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky that got the best of the action, as his double-double lead the way for No. 21 Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5 B1G) to a 75-62 win over No. 15 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sunday. 

Kaminsky has enjoyed his time against Michigan this year, pouring in 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to help the Badgers avenge a 77-70 loss to the Wolverines earlier this season in Madison. In that game, Kaminsky had 14 points and 

He wasn't the only Badger to go off on Sunday either, as both Sam Dekker (15) and Josh Gasser (15) finished in double figures on the afternoon as well. 

Wisconsin got off to a hot start, after missing its first shot the Badgers went on to make the next six and took a 14-4 lead it would never relinquish. Michigan trailed Wisconsin all day, but were able to make it interesting for a bit in the 2nd half. 

The Badgers had a 42-26 lead with 15:15 left, but that's when the Wolverines went on a run. After a pair of Caris LeVert made free throws, the Wolverines made it just 52-49 Wisconsin with 6:16 to go. 

However the Badgers slammed the door shut from there on out, going on a 10-2 run to make it 62-51 and it was all the Badgers needed to put it away. 

Wisconsin shot 44.8 percent from the field and made seven of 10 three-point field goals on the day. With the win the Badgers have a four-game win streak going and will look to sweep Iowa in its next contest. 

Let's get to the grades….

Player Stats/Thoughts Grade

Ben Brust, G
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7pts, 9 rebounds, 3-11 FGs 

Not his best shooting day, but Brust hit some key shots at key times and played some great defense as well. He added a steal and managed to not commit a foul all game. It wasn't a special effort for the guard, but it wasn't needed on the day. 

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Nigel Hayes, F
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4pts, 0 rebounds, 1-6 FGs 

Hayes is human after all. It wasn't his day on either end of the court and he saw the fewest minutes played in awhile off the bench. Sunday was a reminder that Hayes is still a freshman. 

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Traevon Jackson, G
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9pts, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1-6 FGs, 7-8 FTs 

Jackson capped off a pretty impressive week with a very nice performance from the line and as a game manager. Yes, we just mentioned Jackson and game manager in a good way. He knew when to pour it on offensively and when to feed the hot hand. Defensively Jackson had a decent day. 

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Sam Dekker, F
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15pts, 9 rebounds, 6-10 FGs 

After going really quiet for a few weeks, Dekker woke up in a big way on Sunday. He played very well on both ends of the court, and his effort on the defensive end may have been the most impressive part of his game. He was super-efficient on offense and was a great complement to what Kaminsky was doing.

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Josh Gasser, G
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13pts, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3-5 FGs 

Gasser did a tremendous job shooting from deep, going 3-4 from beyond the arc, but he also was 4-4 from the charity stripe as well. Gasser's shot from distance has really begun to show up as of late and he is becoming more than just a good defender. 

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Bronson Koenig, G
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0pts, 2 assists, 0-2 FGs 

Once again, Koenig was skunked from the field. He's failed to score in each of the last three games, but he continues to take good shots when presented with them. Sunday wasn't his best day as he also managed to pick up three fouls in his 10 minutes of action. 

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Frank Kaminsky, F
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25pts, 11 rebounds, 11-16 FGs

This was classic Frank Kaminsky. He had it going around the rim, was able to hit jumpers and was all over the boards as well. He also kept the Badgers from losing a lead with about 5min left in the action. Great game by a player who has the tools to be great all the time. 

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Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college football for nearly half a decade. He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadgers.com and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com

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