The No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers over-matched the Florida A&M Rattlers on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, defeating their travel-weary and undermanned adversaries 90-37.
Fifteen players same time on the floor in the blowout victory. Senior forward Vitto Brown contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes, while true freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice contributed a game-high 14 points on five of eight shooting (four of five from three-point range) in 17 minutes.
Wisconsin (11-2) shot 52.3 percent from the field for the game, including hitting 19-of-33 shots (57.6 percent) in the second half. UW lead 43-22 at halftime, then held Florida A&M (2-11) to only 15 points in the final 20 minutes on five of 25 shooting (20 percent).
As noted by many reports, the Rattlers were coming off a brutal road trip where they played against Samford on Thursday night, then had to travel to Atlanta for a flight to Milwaukee before riding over to Madison. Only eight players dressed according to the statistics, and junior forward Desmond Williams — its top scorer — did not play on Friday night due to injury.
The lopsided affair allowed some Badgers to see the court, including sophomore forward Andy Van Vliet, who contributed nine points (three of three from 3-point range), five rebounds and two assists in eight minutes of play. Freshman guard Brevin Pritzl contributed six points and three rebounds in ten minutes.
53-point win is the 4th-largest in school history. pic.twitter.com/3XqZJWiekE— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 24, 2016
The 53-point win was the fourth-largest in school history for Wisconsin. UW now turns its attention to Big Ten conference play, as it opens up against Rutgers at home on Dec. 27.