MADISON - Having scored 50 points or less in three straight games for the first time since the 1996-97 season, Wisconsin basketball is admittedly in a scoring rut. But in a conference where the league's top five teams are separated by two games of less, the Badgers – despite having the third-worst scoring offense (56.5 points per game) and the worst free throw shooting percentage (51.9) in conference games – are standing two games out of first place because their bench play has been a necessary spark in dormant times. "Being fresh and studying the game, you pick up a lot of things on the sideline," said freshman Sam Dekker. "When you come in, you can see what you can do to exploit something you see. We like bringing the energy." The energy has been noticeable after Wisconsin wrapped up its toughest stretch of the season – playing five ranked team in six games and finishing the six games at 3-3 – and will be key when the Badgers face a...
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