Raise your hand if you ever thought Frank Kaminsky would be in the Badgers record books as a leader in something? Well, with 43 points, he is now the single game leader in Badger history. His 43 points powered the Badgers past North Dakota 103-85.
Wisconsin went over the century mark as a team for the first time since doing it in a 105-70 win over Eastern Illinois in 1995. The Badgers also set a school record for most points in the Kohl Center.
UW finished the night shooting 59.3 percent from the field, 60 percent from the three-point line and 72.4 percent from the free throw line.
It's safe to say it was a good night for the Badger offense. Defensively, well that's another story as the Badgers allowed UND to shoot 54.5 percent from the field themselves.
The first half was insane as Kaminsky had 21 of his 43 points to lead the Badgers, but he was outdone personally by North Dakota guard Troy Huff. Huff had 26 points of his own 37 in the half, but it was Wisconsin with a 55-45 lead as they headed in to the locker rooms.
Wisconsin shot 58.6 percent (17-29) from the field and hit 7-11 three point attempts. It also was 14-18 from the free throw line as a team.
Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson helped the effort, pouring in nine points apiece in the first half. Jackson added three rebounds and five assists, while Dekker had three boards and three assists.
North Dakota stuck with the Badgers, even leading at points throughout the first half, but it was a quick stretch led by Kaminsky that broke open the game.
Kaminsky hit a three pointer to give the Badgers a 16-15 lead with 12:50 left in the first half. Over the course of the next 7:05 he put in 12 of Wisconsin's 28 points as the Badgers opened up a 44-27 lead.
He wasn't done though as Kaminsky continued his hot hand in the second half, but it was Sam Dekker who stole the show with a great behind-the-back throw down.
The duo led the Badgers in scoring on the night and it was over from the first Kaminsky three-pointer in the second half.
Enough of that though, let's get to the grades!
Ben Brust, G
10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2-8 FG's
Brust didn't have the best day shooting, but it wasn't needed. He's rebounding was needed though as Wisconsin struggled at times on the boards and he gave them a lift. He's had better performances overall.
Nigel Hayes, F
4 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1/1 FG's
Hayes played inconsistent in his 14 minutes on the floor, shooting just 2-6 from the FT line, but also having a knack for some sweet assists and timely help on both ends of the floor. He's got the talent and just needs to put it all together.
Traevon Jackson, G
14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 4-9 FG's
Hard to say Jackson has had a more quite, but better all-around game in some time. He was nearly flawless with the ball, with only one turnover and he was a key cog in the ball movement and transition game the Badgers used against UND.
Sam Dekker, F
19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 8-12 FG's
Another game, another great performance by the sophomore. Only this time no one will be talking about it outside of the slam above. He continues to show why he's a star and not a star-in-the-making and Tuesday night was no different. Can't complain about anything in his game.
Josh Gasser, G
8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2-4 FG's
Despite foul trouble Gasser played 29 minutes, but he wasn't much of a factor in the game outside of some good rebounding effort. He continues to show his value in that area despite anything good or bad going on in the shooting department.
Bronson Koenig, G
5 points, 2 assists, 2-3 FG's
Koenig has been seeing more extensive minutes with Marshall out and he showed why Bo Ryan can trust him on Tuesday night. He was efficient with the ball, took good shots and didn't turn the ball over. Not a bad effort by the frosh.
Frank Kaminsky, F
43 points, 3 rebounds, 5-6 3pt FG's 16-19 FG's
What can we say here that you don't already know? The guy was simply amazing. If the Badgers could even get half of that effort on a nightly basis this team is just that much more dangerous. Then again, it is North Dakota, but a school record for points in a game by this guy? Who saw that ever coming...Great stuff and a night no one will forget.