The Blue Devils move to 7-0 -- pushing their winning streak in non-conference home games to an NCAA-best 55 games -- while the Badgers fall to 5-1. Tuesday's tilt marked the first meeting on the hardwood between the two schools.
With the win, Duke improves to a perfect 9-0 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge action. The Blue Devils also earned Challenge victories over Illinois (72-69 in 1999 & 78-77 in 2000), Iowa (80-62 in 2001), Ohio State (91-76 in 2002), Michigan State (72-50 in 2003 & 81-74 in 2004) and Indiana (75-67 in 2005 & 54-51 in 2006).
Duke took control early, using a 15-5 run to claim a 25-14 lead at the 11:32 mark when Paulus buried his second consecutive three-point bucket. Paulus and Taylor King combined to hit seven three-pointers in 10 attempts and score 25 points as the Blue Devils built a 48-25 halftime advantage.
Wisconsin got no closer than 18 points in the second half.
Paulus connected on six-of-13 field goal attempts including a four-of-seven performance from three-point range. King finished with 15 points while fellow rookie Kyle Singler added 13. Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Scheyer pulled down a career-high and game-best nine rebounds. DeMarcus Nelson added nine points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three seasons and two blocked shots.
Trevon Hughes and Jon Leuer scored 12 points each to pace the Badgers.
Prior to the contest, Duke dedicated its media room in Cameron Indoor Stadium as the Bill Brill Media Room. Brill, a long-time sports writer and editor, is a 1952 Duke graduate and member of the school's Sports Hall of Fame.
Duke travels to Charlotte to face Davidson on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 12 noon and the game will be televised live on ESPNU. Duke's next home affair is against Michigan on Saturday, December 8 (1:30 p.m./CBS).