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Badgers blowout another non-conference opponent at home

Hmm, blowing out bad opponents at home before going to Chicago to play a neutral site game? Where have Badger fans seen this story before?

So far the basketball season looks a lot like the football season. It even comes with a 4-0 record and a similar question:

How good are these guys?

Unfortunately, after Wisconsin's 77-31 victory over UMKC Tuesday night at the Kohl Center, it's still hard to answer that question.

There are certainly a lot of good signs though.

Jared Berggren scored a career-high 21 points Tuesday night while making 8-of-9 field goal attempts, including all four threes. However, the big man also had zero rebounds.

Ben Brust continued to look good, scoring 12 points while showing confidence and assertiveness. He tied for the team lead in shots taken with nine. Overall he was 5-for-9 while making 2-of-6 threes.

True freshman Frank Kaminsky also showed signs of a bright future scoring nine points in just nine minutes. He made 2-of-3 threes and showed off a pretty hook shot near the basket.

The defense continues to be stellar and that is something you can count on all season long. All four of Wisconsin's opponents have been held to 41 points or less. It's the first time since 1949 the Badgers have held four consecutive opponents under 50 points.

Critics will question the amount of three pointers the Badgers are taking. They jacked up 27 threes Tuesday night, which accounted for nearly half of their 58 field goal attempts. They also only attempted eight free throws, which shows the Badgers aren't getting to the line enough.

Bo Ryan likes to have his team make more free throws at home than their opponent attempts, but so far this season, Wisconsin's opponents have attempted 42 free throws to the Badgers' 39.

Of course, that is obviously a result of the amount of threes Wisconsin has taken. Through four games, 43 percent of Wisconsin's field goal attempts have been threes.

That is somewhat worrisome considering Bo Ryan's teams typically struggle to shoot away from the Kohl Center, but the good news is that the Badgers have dominated all four opponents without Jordan Taylor having to do anything.

Taylor is only averaging 8.3 points per game so far and it's not because he is playing poorly. He's just been delegating and getting a young team some experience on offense. He has 21 assists to just two turnovers

The bottomline is that the Badgers are showing a ton of potential, but we'll learn a lot about them in the next week. Friday night's game against Bradley in Chicago shouldn't be too hard considering the Braves lost to Wofford at home Tuesday night, but Saturday night's game against either BYU or Nevada will provide a good test before the Badgers head to No. 1 North Carolina next Wednesday.

And surely Badger fans don't want the basketball season to be too similar to the football season as it moves forward. After all, losing on half-court shots at the buzzer wouldn't be very fun.