MADISON, Wis. -- Question marks abound this time of year for college basketball programs across the country because October intra-squad practices can only reveal so much. That's why No. 21 Wisconsin's 80-51 exhibition victory against UW-Platteville, though it won't officially count for anything, was so important Wednesday night at the Kohl Center -- it signified a step toward putting the pieces in place on a season containing much uncertainty.
Some of what we learned were not new developments, of course. The team's two returning leading scorers, Ben Brust and Sam Dekker, contributed 20 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the team. The starting lineup, as most surmised, featured a three-guard rotation of Traevon Jackson, Brust, Josh Gasser, Dekker and Frank Kaminsky.
Beyond that, however, was plenty of change.
To begin with, the first four substitutions off the bench were forward Duje Dukan, guard George Marshall, forward Nigel Hayes and guard Bronson Koenig. Two of those players...