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Pair of double-doubles pushes Wisconsin past the Mavs, 86-40

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Omaha Wisconsin 86, Omaha 40
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 Wisconsin 42 44 86
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 • Ben Brust: 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 5-10 FG
 • Jared Berggren: 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 6-9 FG
 • Ryan Evans: 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 5-13 FG
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 FG Percentage .333 .486
 3-Point FG Percentage .167 .296
 FT Percentage .500 .625
 Offensive Rebounds 6 19
 Defensive Rebounds 20 30
 Total Rebounds 26 49
 Turnovers 19 9
 Pts in the paint 22 40
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Dec. 4, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin has already competed against four teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament -- and will face another on Saturday.

Tuesday's contest provided an oasis between more challenging non-conference match-ups and an opportunity for a tune-up before hitting the road to renew an in-state rivalry this weekend.

Wisconsin guard Ben Brust tallied his Big Ten-leading fourth double-double in nine games, scoring 15 points while adding 10 rebounds to lead Wisconsin over Nebraska-Omaha 86-40 on Tuesday night.

Brust was one of five Badgers (6-3) in double figures, while Ryan Evans recorded his fourth-career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jared Berggren added 13 points, Frank Kaminsky had 11 and Sam Dekker chipped in with 10.

 Fast Facts
• Brust and Evans recorded double-double outings for UW
• Badgers ended 1st half on a 12-0 run holding Omaha scoreless for the final 4:30
• UW forced 19 turnovers, two days after forcing 23 vs. Cal

"I think we made some solid improvements from when you look back on a game like Florida or some of our early games--even Creighton," Berggren said. "They put up pretty big scoring numbers on us.

"We've done a lot better job of helping each other and rotating defensively. Those are things we've got to do. There's still room for improvement, but we've definitely made some strides." 

All 14 Badgers saw the floor in what was a lop-sided contest from the start.

Wisconsin began a 20-2 run with just over 16 minutes left in the first half to take a 22-7 lead with 8:56 remaining before the break.

UW then proceeded to seal the game with a 12-0 run, capitalized by Traevon Jackson's buzzer-beater, to take a 42-13 advantage into the half.

The Badgers forced the Mavs into 19 turnovers, while allowing only 17 made field goals. UNO's 13 first-half points were a season low for a Wisconsin opponent, as Nebraska-Omaha was held to 5-for-23 (.217) shooting in the first half.

"Every 40 minutes is different, but at least our guys have committed," Bo Ryan said. "They've always been committed, but they're starting to see some results from their changed behavior."

After forcing Cal to cough the ball up 23 times on Sunday, Wisconsin has now induced a combined 42 turnovers in the last two games, both resulting in double-digit wins.

Justin Simmons led Nebraska-Omaha (2-8) with 12 points.

The Badgers hit the road this weekend for their annual I-94 rivalry with Marquette. Tip is set for 5 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

"I think all three losses--even with the Virginia game--they still were eating away at us," Brust said. "There are definitely some things--especially in the Virginia game--that just stuck with us.

"I know a lot of guys took that personally. We're looking forward to getting our practice in and getting better for (Marquette)."

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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