Game Day Grades: Nebraska-Omaha

Lost in the news surrounding the Wisconsin football program, the Wisconsin basketball team - playing its second home game in two days - unleashed a complete effort in dispatching Nebraska-Omaha. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: A

Ben Brust recorded his fourth double-double on the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Evans found his production with an important 10 points and 11 rebounds. Besides Brust and Evans having double-doubles, Jared Berggren (13), Frank Kaminsky (11) and Sam Dekker (10) all reached double figures.

The Badgers shot 48.6 percent (34-for-70) from the floor and once again shot plenty of three-pointers, going 29.6 percent (8-for-27) in the game. Brust attempted the most three's on the team going 4-for-8 in the game.

Bo Ryan has to be happy with the production he received from his bench – 39 points – and the way Wisconsin was able to attack the glass offensively, recording 18 rebounds. The Badgers were able to turn their second-chance opportunities in to 21 points.

The Badgers did a good job of taking care of the basketball - only turning it over nine times. Mike Bruesewitz led the team with three turnovers, but he did have three assists. Brust and Dekker also had three assists in the game.

Defense: A

The Badgers' defense was able to slow down the Mavericks' offense and hold the visitors to 33.3 percent (17-for-51) from the field. Wisconsin used its size and length to force the Mavericks into some difficult shots.

Wisconsin did a good job of boxing out the Mavericks to make sure there weren't many offensive rebounds or second-chance points. The Mavericks were only able to grab five offensive rebounds in the game, which they turned into nine points.

Once again the Badgers did a good job of creating turnovers, forcing the Mavericks offense to cough up the basketball 19 times. The Badgers recorded nine steals in the game with Brust leading the way with three. Brust did a good job of closing off passing lanes and get his hand on a lot of passes.

With the Badgers creating 19 turnovers in the game, the Badgers did a good job of playing well-disciplined defense. Wisconsin only committed 11 team fouls. With the Badgers not fouling frequently, the Mavericks only went to the charity stripe eight times, making four of their eight free throw attempts.

Only one player was able to score in double digits for the Mavericks, Justin Simmons had 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

Overall: A

If Wisconsin had struggled with the Mavericks there would have been concern, but the Badgers were able to take care of business and showed they were the better team early and often in the game.

Wisconsin was able to find open shots around the perimeter or inside the paint. The Badgers were able to score 40 points in the paint. Both Berggren and Kaminsky were able to make a living down low. Berggren and Kaminsky size was too much for the Mavericks.

It was good to see Kaminsky respond after his performance against California. Kaminsky had four points against the Bears in six minutes of action. Kaminsky was definitely playing with confidence and needs to do that consistently in order to give Berggren rest once the Badgers get into Big Ten play.

Wisconsin will have to find a way to improve its free throw shooting, as the team is shooting 66 percent on the year. The Badgers went 10-for-16 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line against Nebraska-Omaha. If Wisconsin is going to get to the line, they will have to be able to knock down their free throws, especially in close game situations.

Game MVP: Ben Brust. Brust once again helped Wisconsin get going on the offensive end, scoring six of the Badgers' first 14 points. Brust is becoming the Badgers go-to guy and is shooting the basketball really well. Brust isn't forcing any shots and will find an open teammate if he doesn't have a good option. Eventually teams will start to key in on Brust, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.

Despite shooting the basketball well as of late, he has taken care of the basketball and has done the other small things as well for the Badgers. Brust had three assists to one turnover in the game and he had three steals.

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