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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin 87, Samford 51


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Wisconsin vs. Samford
Postgame Notes
Kohl Center - Dec. 29, 2012 

TEAM NOTES

  • Wisconsin improved to 9-4 on the season with an 87-51 win over Samford.
  • The Badgers are now 174-16 (.916) at home under head coach Bo Ryan, the 4th-highest home winning percentage in the nation.
  • The Badgers reached at least 9 non-conference wins for the 11th-consecutive season.
  • Under Ryan, UW is now 10-2 in its final non-conference game of the season.
  • Wisconsin limited Samford to just 51 points and has now held each of its last 16 home opponents to 60 points or less. UW also improved to 115-1 (.991) under Ryan when holding opponents under 60 points at the Kohl Center.
  • UW shot 52.5 percent from the field (31-59), the team’s fourth time eclipsing the 50.0 percentage mark this season.
  • The Badgers connected on 12-of-22 (.545) from 3-point range, their best 3-point field goal percentage of the season. UW has now shot 50.0 percent or better from long range in back-to-back games.
  • Wisconsin had 10 assists with 0 turnovers in the first half, their fewest giveaways in a half since having 0 turnovers in the second half vs. Kansas State (3/19/11) in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
  • The Badgers’ six total turnovers equaled the team’s second-lowest total of the season. UW is now averaging just 9.23 turnovers per game, which moves them into second in the NCAA.
  • Wisconsin dished out 21 assists, its second-highest total of the season.
  • UW owned a 43-22 edge in rebounds, including a 13-6 cushion on the offensive glass. The Badgers have tallied double-digit offensive rebounds in all but two games.
  • Five Badgers scored in double figures for the third time this season.
  • UW owned a 38-3 advantage in points off the bench. The 38 bench points were the Badgers’ second-highest output of the season (39 vs. Omaha). 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Senior Jared Berggren finished with 4 blocks, increasing his Big Ten lead to 25 blocks on the season and 1.92 blocks per game. Berggren now has 96 career blocks, moving him into a tie with Greg Stiemsma (2005-08) for 6th place in UW history. Berggren also scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
  • Senior Ryan Evans registered his 3rd double-double of the season and the 5th of his career, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Evans’ 12 rebounds is also a new career high, surpassing his previous high of 11 boards. He also added 3 steals.
  • Senior Mike Bruesewitz returned to the starting lineup and responded with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block in 25 minutes. Bruesewitz missed two games with a concussion and came off the bench in UW’s last outing (vs. Milwaukee).
  • Sophomore Frank Kaminsky posted a career high with 16 points, his third-career game scoring in double figures. Kaminsky also tallied a career-best 4 3-pointers (4-for-4 shooting).
  • Freshman Sam Dekker notched 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists off the Wisconsin bench. Dekker went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and is now shooting 44.2 percent (19-for-43) on the season from downtown.
  • Junior Ben Brust equaled a career-high with 6 assists. He also tallied 8 points and 4 rebounds.
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