Feb. 26, 2013
STAR OF THE GAME
Sam Dekker stole the show in No. 17 Wisconsin’s 77-46 dismantling of Nebraska on Tuesday, matching his career high and leading the Badgers with 19 points. The freshman came off the bench to spark an offensive outburst that put things out of reach early for the Huskers. Dekker checked in with the game tied at 8-8 midway through the first half and exited 7 1/2 minutes later with the Badgers in command and leading by 16 points. He finished the night 5-for-6 from the floor, including a 4-for-5 performance from 3-point range, and hit 5 of 6 attempts at the free throw line. In 22 minutes of action, he also contributed four assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Ben Brust’s spot on the highlight reel is usually reserved for examples of his 3-point shooting prowess. Brust’s well-documented range didn’t factor in to his best play of Tuesday’s win, though. Instead of gunning from deep, Brust rocked the rim from point-blank range. After picking away a steal from Nebraska’s Dylan Talley early in the second half, Brust took things into his own hands and threw down a one-handed slam that brought a little heat into the Kohl Center on a cold February night.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
The Badgers jumped out to a 6-0 lead when Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust cashed back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game, but UW went on to miss four of its next five shots and watch the Huskers take a 10-8 lead. That’s when Brust answered by burying another trey, and the Badgers never looked back. UW hit five straight from distance over a span of 6:23, as George Marshall, Dekker, Mike Bruesewitz and then Dekker again followed Brust’s lead. That gave UW a 15-point lead with just over 7 minutes remaining in the first half. The trifectas jump-started a 24-2 run that had the Badgers leading by 21 at the break.
STAT OF THE GAME
Where to start… much like the scoreboard, the stat sheet was all Badgers in this one. UW’s work on both ends of the floor was evident in the efficiency margin between the two teams, which stood at +0.51. In other words, the Badgers averaged a half-point more per possession than the Huskers. UW was ultra-efficient in averaging 1.22 points per possession while, defensively, allowing the Huskers an extremely low 0.71 points per trip.