The Badgers (3-1) tallied their third win of the season and won their second game in the Las Vegas Invintational after blowing out the Presbyterian Blue Hose 88-43 at the Kohl Center. It was a satisfactory effort for Wisconsin, who seemingly didn't miss a beat the whole game.
Despite lackluster performances from the Senior Trio of Mike Bruesewitz, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans, the Badgers rolled to a huge win. Ben Brust, Sam Dekker, and George Marshall carried a majority of the scoring while the Badgers defense was solid, allowing just 43 points on 36.4% from the Blue Hose.
The Badgers starting out hot and rode their good shooting night all the way to the end. As a team Wisconsin shot 52.4% on 33 made field goals. The stat that really brought this game out of hand was the Badgers' 16 three point shots made, one short of the school record. Overall the Badgers shot 16 of 37 and 43.2% from beyond the arc.
Three point shooting will be an aspect to keep an eye on as the season continues. Bo Ryan teams have recently been very heavily reliant on the three point shot and it hasn't always worked out great for them. As a fan, I've found the amount of jacked up threes considerably frustrating. I want to see the Badgers take the ball in more, especially with the big man duo of Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans.
With all my thoughts out of the way, on to the player grades.
Ben Brust: (A+) – As good as he's played thus far, Brust's performance tonight was his best of the season by far. "Ben Rodman" continued his ridiculous rebounding again today, grabbing 12 (!!!!!) boards on the night. Not to mention he added 20 points on 70% shooting, knocking down 6 three pointers. We all knew Brust would be good this year, but this guy is turning in to a break out star.
Jared Berggren: (C) – It wasn't an amazing night for the senior big man, who scored only 6 points on 3-5 shooting. He also grabbed 6 boards. When the Badgers now start facing off against good teams, Berggren will have to more of an impact as he's a key part of the success of this team.
Ryan Evans: (C-) – I'm really starting to get irritated with Evans on the offense end. His mid range lazer-shot isn't falling, and he suddenly has decided he should shoot threes. His low quality shots are wasting valuable possesions for the Badgers. Tonight he had just 8 points on 3-9 shooting and was 0-4 on threes. Needless to say, he really needs to be more efficient on the offensive end. There were some positives for him, as he recorded 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and he significantly improved on the defensive end.
Mike Bruesewitz: (C+) – The Bruiser had an off game offensively, only scoring 6 points on 2-9 shooting. While his three point shot has looked pretty so far this season, it looked a bit off tonight, regardless he shot 2-6 from three. The reason I gave him a decent grade was because of his overall hustle, also adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
George Marshall: (A-) – Marshall had a good game, scoring 12 points on 4-7 shooting and also adding 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Marshall scored all of his points from beyond the arc, shooting 4-6 from downtown and showing a pretty stroke. I'll take these numbers from the Freshman every game.
Sam Dekker: (A-) – Sam showed us once again why he's one of the best Freshman in the country. He had an immediate offensive impact off the bench, scoring 9 early points and sparkinig the Wisconsin offense. Dekker finished with 16 points (6-8 shooting), a rebound and an assist. Sam's scoring ability could be an extremely valuable asset for Bo Ryan as the season rolls on.
Frank Kaminsky: (B) – While Kaminsky showed obvious struggles during the first few games, he really looked comfortable and had a solid game tonight. Final stat line for him was 10 points (4-4 shooting, 1-1 from 3 point land), 3 assists, 1 rebound and 2 steals. A solid effort off the bench.