With Wisconsin struggling to shoot from an outside Saturday night -- a rarity for a team leading the Big Ten in three-point percentage -- Bo Ryan saw his team fall back on its versatility. It worked out for the Badgers, who defeated Oral Roberts, 76-67.
No. 12 Wisconsin (6-0) entered the game leading the Big Ten with a 48.5 percent mark from three-point range, but shot just 7-of-23 (.304) against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (2-3). Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting, continuing his double-digit scoring streak to four. Josh Gasser added 15 points, and all five UW scorers finished with at least 10 apiece.
With the game being Wisconsin's third in five days, Ryan said afterward he knew there would be some nights where the hot shooting just never arrives.
"We shot a lot of threes," he said. "And boy, a couple of them were halfway down. We talk about it all the time; some nights they're not there, so you have to find other ways to manufacture points."
The Badgers reached the free throw line 18 times and sunk 15 of those shots, led by an aggressive Traevon Jackson, who went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and finished with 11 points and seven assists.
Wisconsin led by as many as 17 points midway through the first half, but Oral Roberts managed to hang around behind 55.1 percent (27-of-49) shooting from the field and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) marksmanship from outside. Forward Shawn Glover led all scorers with 24 points, while guards Bobby Word and D.J. Jackson added 14 and 11, respectively.
After the Badgers entered halftime with a 37-28 lead, the Golden Eagles were able to shoot themselves to within four points of the lead several times down the stretch, the latest coming at the 3:18 mark following an 'and-one' by Glover.
The game was part of the Cancun Challenge, which will continue for Wisconsin Tuesday against St. Louis.