On a night where the Wisconsin football team had fans nervous until the final whistle, the basketball team made sure to leave fans satisfied and stress-free from start to finish. Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes combined for 15-of-19 shooting on the night (with the first miss coming deep in the second half) as the Badgers beat Boise State 78-54 at the Kohl Center.
The 9 p.m. start didn't leave any Badgers feeling sleepy, as the team shot 55 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. Josh Gasser's early three put the Badgers up 3-2, eliminating the only lead Boise State would see all night. The Badgers utilized a combination of patient passing and precision shooting to pick apart the Broncos defense.
Boise State couldn't generate much offense, shooting a paltry 42 percent from the field, with point guard Derrick Marks scoring 16 points, one of only two Broncos in double figures. Aussie Anthony Drmic came into the game averaging 20 points per contest, but scored only seven.
Bo Ryan's boys forced 13 turnovers as the Badgers complemented their offensive clinic with a stifling defensive effort. Boise State couldn't seem to ever get a rhythm going, as the Badgers used their bigs to keep Boise out of the paint and their speed on the perimeter to keep a hand in the Broncos' faces on almost every shot.
The highlight of the night came from Detective Frank Kaminsky as Bronson Koenig fed him a slick no-look pass on the fast break for a two-handed slamma jamma midway through the second half. Kaminsky continued to cement his preseason hype tonight, as he finished the night with 26 points, four blocks, one assist and two steals.
Hayes finished the night with 15 points, Traevon Jackson had five assists and Riley Dearring had the clutch garbage time 3-pointer off the bench. The Badgers head to the Bahamas to battle Poseidon for Atlantis starting this Wednesday at 6 p.m. against UAB.