Freshman Nigel Hayes can do no wrong 20 minutes into his first Big Ten game, pacing Wisconsin with 13 first-half points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Badgers have jumped out to a 26-point lead at the half, 40-14, over the home Wildcats.
Wisconsin is blistering hot from the floor as a team and pounding the glass as Northwestern struggles on offense. The Wildcats are shooting only 6-of-23 (26%) while UW has hit 16-of-27 (59%) overall.
Sam Dekker and Hayes each have five of UW's 19 rebounds.