Dec. 29, 2012
STAR OF THE GAME
Since the start of preseason camp, Bo Ryan has noticed a different player in Frank Kaminsky. Heralded by Wisconsin coaches as the most physically improved player on the roster this season, the sophomore forward showed Saturday against Samford that his game on the court had grown as well. Scoring a career-high 16 points in just 12 minutes off the bench, Kaminsky led the Badgers to a dominating 87-51 win over the Bulldogs. Nearly perfect on the day, Kaminsky shot 6-of-7 from the floor, including a 4-for-4 effort from 3-point range. Kaminsky also recorded two rebounds and a block.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Midway through the first half, Samford switched into a zone defense to try and cool down the hot-shooting Badgers. In response, Wisconsin did what it does best, swinging the ball around the top of the key and making the extra pass to find the open man. No pass was more notable than when the ball swung its way around the top of the key to Sam Dekker. Nearly touching the motion “W” logo at midcourt, the freshman pulled up and drilled the deep 3-pointer to extend UW’s lead to 41-16 with just over two minutes left in the first half. Dekker finished the game with 12 points, including 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
Right from the opening tip, Wisconsin established its dominance over Samford and began the game on a 13-2 run. In his first game back in the starting lineup since Dec. 4 against Nebraska-Omaha, Mike Bruesewitz kick started things early, dunking on the first possession of the game and scoring nine of the team’s first 13 points on perfect 4-for-4 shooting. The Badgers cruised the rest of the way and never trailed the entire contest.
STAT OF THE GAME
With Kaminsky and Dekker leading the way, the Badgers ran up a 38-3 advantage in points off the bench over the course of the game against the Bulldogs. The two combined for 66.6 percent field-goal shooting (10-for-15) and 87.5 percent 3-point shooting (7-of-8). Also coming off the bench were Evan Anderson, George Marshall and Jordan Smith, who each scored three points of their own. In total, 11 Badgers scored on the day, including five in double digits.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
On the growth of the Badgers throughout nonconference play, specifically on defense, and as UW now heads into Big Ten play:
"I’ve said it before, this is chess, not checkers. In the Big Ten Conference there’s no room for errors, and you have to be on the same page as a team to be successful.” - Ryan Evans