Jan. 3, 2013
Final Stats |
Wisconsin improved to 175-16 (.915) at the Kohl Center under Bo Ryan, including a mark of 85-9 (.904) in Big Ten Conference home games.
The Badgers won their 10th-consecutive Big Ten opener. Wisconsin is one of just three teams in the nation to win each of their last 10 conference openers, joining Kansas and Gonzaga.
UW notched its 16th-straight home win over Penn State, the conference's fourth-longest active home win streak vs. a Big Ten opponent. Overall, the Badgers have won 16 of the last 18 meetings with the Nittany Lions.
Bo Ryan improved to 133-54 (.711) in Big Ten games, the second-highest winning percentage in conference history (trailing only Ohio State's Thad Matta, .712).
The Badgers closed out the first half on a 15-2 run, holding Penn State scoreless for a 6:20 span at one point during the run.
UW held Penn State to just 18 points in the first half, marking the sixth time this season the Badgers have kept an opponent below 20 in the opening stanza.
Wisconsin held Penn State to just 51 points, marking the 17th-straight opponent the Badgers have held to 60 or fewer points at the Kohl Center, the longest active streak in the nation.
The Badgers' four turnovers is a season low and the team's fewest since turning it over four times at North Carolina on Nov. 30, 2011.
For the first time this season, Wisconsin shut out an opponent at the free throw line, allowing Penn State just one attempt, a miss, at the charity stripe.
Wisconsin had just seven team fouls, its second lowest total of the season and fewest in a Big Ten game since having seven against Nebraska on Jan. 15, 2012.
Wisconsin finished the night with four players with double-digit scoring performances, marking the 11th time this season the Badgers have had three or more players post double figure scoring performances. Wisconsin is 10-1 when it has three or more players score in double digits.
Wisconsin's starting five, Evans, Bruesewitz, Berggren, Brust and Jackson, scored 57 of its 60 points and improves to 4-1 as a starting unit.
Senior Ryan Evans tallied 13 points, his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring game and ninth of the season. Wisconsin holds a record of 8-1 when Evans records double-digit points. Evans was just one board shy of a double-double, finishing with a team-best nine rebounds.
Senior Jared Berggren finished with 13 points, his fourth consecutive and 12th double-digit scoring performance this season. Berggren scored nine points in the first half and was held scoreless in the second half until back-to-back dunks with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Senior Jared Berggren's three blocks gives him 99 for his career, equaling Marcus Landry (2006-09) for fifth on UW's all-time blocks list.
Junior Ben Brust scored 13 points, his seventh double-digit scoring performance of the year.
Senior Mike Bruesewitz scored 10 points in the second half on his way to 12 points and his fourth double-digit scoring performance of the season. Bruesewitz finished the night with eight rebounds, one off a season best.