Wisconsin won the final leg of their two-game Milwaukee tournament, finishing off the UW-Milwaukee Panthers, pretty much by halftime. The Badgers won 93-54 and were led by Frank Kaminsky's 18 points and Nigel Hayes' seven rebounds. Traevon Jackson had three assists and three steals (zero turnovers, btw) from the point guard position. Here are the three keys to the Badgers dominant victory.
1. Sam Dekker looked like the guy from the summer camp circuit
Despite dealing with lingering ankle problems, Dekker looked aggressive and scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He made both of his three-point attempts and grabbed five rebounds while throwing down a MONSTER DUNK that would make Shawn Kemp proud. With many, yours truly included, calling for Dekker to take a break and sit out a game or two to be healthy for conference play, he quieted the critics for a moment with his stellar game.
2. Defense turned UWM over, early and often
The Panthers coughed up 14 turnovers against the Badgers. That is the most turnovers the UW has forced in the last three games. This doesn't even include the high number of altered/blocked shots that Wisconsin's front court created.
3. Field goal shooting offense AND defense
The Badgers pride themselves, under Bo Ryan, on keeping teams from attempting a lot of threes and from taking tough shots from inside the arc. While UWM attempted 16 threes, they only made six. Their overall field goal percentage was an abysmal 34.6 and the Badgers shot a scorching, almost Duke-esque 60.9%.