Game Day Grades: Nebraska

Ben Brust (Moebius/13)

MADISON - With a dominant 24-4 run in the first half and holding Nebraska to only three points in the first 11-plus minutes of the second half, No.17 Wisconsin flexed its muscles to register a season sweep over the Cornhuskers. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: A

With everything working like clockwork, the Badgers offense put on a clinic. UW was able to work the basketball inside by scoring 26 points in the paint and able to knock its shots down from the perimeter. Overall the Badgers went 27-53 (50.9 percent) from the floor. What's most impressive was that the Badgers got 36 points from 3-point range - going 12-25 (48 percent) in the game.

The Badgers had three players score in double figures with Sam Dekker leading the way with 19 points off the bench. Ryan Evans had 14 points and Ben Brust had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting.

Wisconsin took care of the basketball with only eight turnovers and only three in the first half. With the Badgers attacking the paint, Wisconsin was able to find themselves at the free throw line, and went 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) in the game. Evans only got to the free throw line twice in the game but made both of his free throws and unveiled his jump-shot-free-throw motion.

Wisconsin received 36 points from the bench with the majority of it coming from Dekker. George Marshall was second with six points off the bench in 19 minutes.

Defense: A

Wisconsin made everything difficult for the Cornhuskers in contesting every shot they took and holding them to 20-for-61 (32.8 percent) from the floor.

Wisconsin was able to block eight shots in the game with Berggren leading the way with four, pushing his total to 126 and one more than Rashard Griffith to become the school's all-time leader in that category.

Wisconsin was able to play good smart tough defense by only committing 10 team fouls. It's easy to commit stupid fouls when contesting every shot and having a comfortable lead, but the Badgers were able to stay disciplined and made the Cornhuskers work for every point they scored.

The Badgers forced 10 Nebraska turnovers and registered four steals by using their length to cut off passing lanes. The Badgers were able to get 15 points off of the Cornhuskers turnovers.

Wisconsin had trouble containing Dylan Talley, who led the Cornhuskers with 21 points on 9-for-20 shooting. Brandon Ubel was the only other Cornhusker to score in double digits with 10 points. Despite struggling to contain Talley, the defense was able to keep Ray Gallegos – averaging 12.5 points per game - to six points. The Badgers were able to make Gallegos feel uncomfortable and didn't let him get into any kind of rhythm.

Overall: A

The game was close early on but the Badgers were able to put together a complete performance. Nebraska had a 12-11 lead in the first half but the Badgers were able to go on a 24-2 run to put the game out of reach for good. It was a team effort to open the game up in Wisconsin's favor, but Dekker played a key role in the Badgers run in scoring 11 of those points.

The Badgers came out in the second half and picked up right where they left off defensively in the first half. Wisconsin was able to hold the Cornhuskers without a field goal for the first six minutes in the second half and only seven points in the first 14:20 in the second half. Overall Nebraska shot 10-for-33 in the second half.

Brust played well once again on both ends of the court, reaching double digits for the seventh straight game and playing great defense. Brust had two steals and kept Gallegos in check.

Wisconsin was able to win the rebounding battle 37-29. The Badgers were only able to grab five offensive rebounds in the game, but were able to get six points off of their second chance opportunities.

Game MVP: Sam Dekker. Dekker has been playing really as of late and has not hit the freshman wall yet. Over the last five games, Dekker has scored in double figures and tied a career-high with 19 points on 5 of 6 shooting against Nebraska. Despite Dekker shooting the basketball well, he has also improved on the defensive side of the floor. Dekker had a steal and a block in the game but did a good job of locking down his man on the defensive side. Dekker was a key player in getting the Badgers' run going and helped open the game up for Wisconsin. Dekker was able to consistently find open teammates and he had four assists on the night.

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