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California vs. Wisconsin: Badgers Recover From Virginia Loss, Rout Bears

After a painful loss to Virginia, Wisconsin looks to rebound Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center against Cal. Ben Brust led the Badgers with 22 points, while Jared Berggren added 18 and Ryan Evans had 13.

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Wisconsin 81, Cal 56: Badgers Rout Sloppy Bears

Wisconsin forced Cal into 23 turnovers and also received a season-high 22 points from Ben Brust as well as a stellar all-around effort from Mike Bruesewitz.

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FINAL: Wisconsin 81, Cal 56

In the aftermath of Wednesday's painful loss to Virginia, Wisconsin set forth a solid showing in Sunday afternoon's 81-56 win over the California Golden Bears at the Kohl Center. Ben Brust led the Badgers (5-3) with 2 points, while Jared Berggren added 18 and Ryan Evans scored 13. Berggren also nearly missed his first career double-double, finishing with eight rebounds.

Cal (6-1) boasts a sizable lineup that out-rebounded each of its first six opponents with an average of 41.0 per game, though Wisconsin finished with a 36-30 advantage in that area. Granted, the the Bears have not been tested nearly as much as the Badgers have; they've played CSU Bakersfield, Pepperdine, Denver, Drake, Georgia Tech and Pacific so far.

Mike Bruesewitz, who admitted displeasure with his play against Virginia, also tied for the team-high with eight rebounds. He added eight points -- all in the second half -- and five steals in one of his finer hustle efforts.

Wisconsin came out somewhat cold, taking four minutes to score until Brust nailed a three. That triggered a 19-4 run over the next six minutes. Overall, the Badgers shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field. They also reached the free throw line 25 times after getting there only five times against Virginia -- though they made just 14 (56 percent) of those free throws.

For Cal, Allen Crabbe -- the Pac-12's scoring leader with 22.0 points per game entering today -- led with 25 points. After Crabbe sunk two free throws at the 15:00 mark in the first half to give the Bears a 6-5 lead, Cal never led for the remainder of the game. Their biggest deficit was 29, at the 4:39 mark.

In addition to their rebounding difficulties, the Bears also committed 22 turnovers to the Badgers' 13.

Out of halftime, the Badgers quickly built a 9-0 run to lead 48-29 at the 15:01 mark.

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Halftime: Wisconsin 37, Cal 24

In the aftermath of Wednesday's 60-54 painful loss to Virginia, Wisconsin set forth a solid first half Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Thanks to 12 points by Ben Brust and 10 from Sam Dekker, the Badgers enter halftime with a 37-24 lead over the California Golden Bears.

Cal has a pretty sizable lineup that has out-rebounded each of its first six opponents with an average of 41.0 per game, though Wisconsin holds a slight 17-15 lead in that area. Granted, the the Bears have not been tested nearly as much as the Badgers have; they've played CSU Bakersfield, Pepperdine, Denver, Drake, Georgia Tech and Pacific so far.

Wisconsin came out somewhat cold, taking four minutes to score until Brust nailed a three. That triggered a 19-4 run over the next six minutes. The Badgers enter the break shooting 48.4 percent from the field (15-of-31) and 23.1 percent from 3-point range (23.1 percent). They've also reached the free throw line eight times already after getting there only five times against Virginia -- though they've made just half of those free throws.

Individually, Brust could be in line for his third double-double of the season with five rebounds supplementing this 12 points. Jared Berggren also has five rebounds and nine points.

For Cal, Allen Crabbe -- the Pac-12's scoring leader with 22.0 points per game entering today -- leads with 12 points. Justin Cobbs has five, while Tyrone Wallace leads with five rebounds. The Bears built an 8-0 run leading up to the 2:08 mark to draw closer after trailing by 19 at the 5:02 mark.

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