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Wisconsin maintains urgency, steamrolls over Cal Poly

MADISON, Wis. -- Shawn Lewis scored the first points of the game.

That was about the lone highlight for Cal Poly, as the Badgers more than doubled up on the Mustangs, 90-42, at the Kohl Center.

Cal Poly came into Madison having won its last three games, but played in South Dakota less than 24 hours before this one.  Head coach Joe Callero admitted fatigue was an issue, but said even an "A effort" would have only narrowed the margin of defeat.

Trevon Hughes scored his 1,000th career point, becoming just the 34th Badger to reach that mark.  Hughes had 20 points on the night.  Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Jason Bohannon joined him in double figures in points.

Every Badger on the roster saw playing time, including J.D. Wise for the first time.  A dunk by JP Gavinski in the waning minutes fired up the remaining fans.

Jordan Taylor played 24 minutes and had seven assists with no turnovers.

Wisconsin put up offensive numbers not seen in some time.  The Badgers scored their most points since December 27, 2006, against Gardner-Webb, their most in a half since that same game, and recorded their largest margin of victory in over two years.  They made 13 three-pointers.

This year's team has shown no letdown following big games, blowing out Grambling State after a monumental win over Duke and, now, crushing Cal Poly after an important victory over Marquette.

The numbers tell the story of just how dominant Wisconsin was over an undermanned Big West opponent.  With two more home games left against non-BCS foes, the Badgers' odds of heading into the Big Ten season with ten wins look solid.

 

-Jake Harris