Breakdown: Bowling Green vs. No.12 Wisconsin

Beginning the Cancun Challenge in chilly Madison, Mo.12 Wisconsin hits the midway points of its three-game, five-day homestand by hosting Bowling Green for the first time in 22 years Thursday. Badger Nation breaks down the matchup.

Bowling Green (1-1, 0-0 MAC) at No.12 Wisconsin (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time -Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. Central

Arena –Kohl Center (17,249)

Television -ESPN3 (B.J. Schaben and Rich Zvosec)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin leads 2-1 (Wisconsin leads 2-0 in Madison)

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 87-79, in overtime on March 13, 1991 in Madison during the first round of the NIT

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Ben Brust (6-1 Senior Guard, 11.0 ppg)

12 Traevon Jackson (6-2 Junior Guard, 11.5 ppg)

15 Sam Dekker (6-8 Sophomore Forward, 16.0 ppg)

21 Josh Gasser (6-3 Junior Guard, 9.5 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (7-0 Junior Forward, 17.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

10 Nigel Hayes (6-7 Freshman Forward, 5.0 ppg)

13 Duje Dukan (6-9 Junior Forward, 5.0 ppg)

24 Bronson Koenig (6-3 Freshman Guard, 4.0 ppg)

Bowling Green Probable Starters

2 Anthony Henderson (6-1 Junior Guard, 11.5 ppg)

3 Spencer Parker (6-7 Sophomore Forward, 13.5 ppg)

20 Jevhon Clark (6-1 Junior Guard, 17.0 ppg)

22 Richaun Holmes (6-5 Senior Guard, 11.0 ppg)

35 Cameron Black (6-10 Senior Center, 9.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

00 Josh Gomez (6-10 Sophomore Center, 4.0 ppg)

1 J.D. Tisdale (6-4 Freshman Guard, 5.5 ppg)

3 Chauncey Orr (6-4 Junior Guard, 18.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

In a program that has produced standout offensive players like Brian Butch, Michael Finley, Devin Harris, Jordan Taylor, Alando Tucker, Tracy Webster and many others, Kaminsky did something that no other Wisconsin basketball player has ever done – score 43 points in a game.

"It's a great feeling," said Kaminsky, whose point production helped the Badgers distance itself from a pesky North Dakota squad to earn a 103-85 victory Tuesday night. "As a basketball player you want every shot to go in. When most of them are going in, it's going to feel great. I can't really describe it. It's an awesome feeling looking back at the game now and looking at the stats.

Kaminsky's left-handed layup with 1:13 remaining set a new scoring record, surpassing the 42 points Ken Barnes scored against Indiana in March 1965 and that was later equaled by Finley at Eastern Michigan in December 1994. Both of those, however, came in a losing effort.

The 18-point victory for Wisconsin (4-0) was just four shy of the combined total of Wisconsin's first three wins and put Wisconsin over 100 points for the first time since scoring 105 points against Eastern Illinois on Dec. 28, 1995.

Kaminsky's stat line is hard to accomplish even when playing on the easy level in a basketball video game. He finished 16-for-19 overall, 6-for-6 from 3-point range and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. He also added three rebounds, one steal and no turnovers.

"He was scoring back to the basket, face ups, 3-point shots, he was really feeling it tonight," said Sam Dekker. "You just have to keep feeding the hot hand."

Kaminsky overshadowed a lot of good performances for Wisconsin, including Dekker's season-high 19 points, four assists and one turnover and Traevon Jackson's 14 points, eight assists and one turnover. Of the duo's 12 combined assists, eight went to Kaminsky, resulting in 21 points and helping Wisconsin shoot 59.3 percent (35-for-59) and 60 percent (12-for-20) from the perimeter.

Series Notes

Wisconsin is 40-12 all-time against teams from the MAC.

The Badgers' most recent match up with the MAC was a 71-48 win over Ohio in the Rock-N- Roll Shootout in Cleveland in 2003.

Since 2007-08, when head coach Louis Orr to over the helm of the program at BGSU, the Falcons are 0-6 versus the Big Ten. Bowling Green is 0-2 versus Michigan State and 0-1 versus Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota under Coach Orr.

Wisconsin Notes

UW reached 100 points for the first time since 1995 and junior Frank Kaminsky scored a UW single-game record 43 points en route to a 103-85 win over North Dakota on Tuesday. Kaminsky's 43 points are the most scored by a Div. 1 player this season and the most by a 7-footer since 2003.

Bowling Green Notes

Bowling Green will play its first road game of the season at Wisconsin. Last season, BGSU was 1-12 in true road contests and 0-5 in nonconference road tilts.

No current player has ever scored 20 points in a game at Bowling Green.

Cam Black ranks sixth all-time at BGSU with 103 career blocked shots. He is three away from climbing another spot.

The Falcons are 1-3 versus top-25 ranked foes under head coach Louis Orr with the lone win coming over #23 Kent State, 89-83, back on Mar. 1, 2008. Since that win, BGSU has lost to Michigan State three times when the Spartans were ranked (6th, 2010-11; 21st, 2011-12; 20th, 2012-13).

The BGSU defense has forced its opponents into a total of 39 turnovers so far this season, an average of 19.5 per game.


This isn't your parents' Wisconsin; not with a Bo Ryan coached team scoring over 100 points and allowing over 80 points in the same game. When people look at the box score, will they think the Badgers have turned into the UNLV teams of the early 1990s?

"They're probably going to tell us we played bad defense and gave up 85 points, which we did," said Kaminsky, the star of the show Tuesday night. "We've got to get better on defense, but we scored a lot of points and were efficient in how we scored."

There's no question No.12 Wisconsin has work to do defensively to get to the level a Ryan-coached team demands. It's also going to take time for the Badgers, along with many other college teams to adjust to the new defensive rules that take away a lot of the defender's liberties. On the flip side, that is going to benefit some of the talented scorers Wisconsin has utilized on the floor.

Using a three-game lineup, Wisconsin is playing faster and at a more efficient pace than any other Ryan team, an era that dates back to 2001. According to STATS, Inc., the Badgers had 73 offensive possessions vs. North Dakota, the team's most since an 82-58 loss at Duke on Nov. 27, 2007.

UW is averaging 68.0 possessions per game on the year and 1.17 points per possession, both of which would set a program record. Of course it's early in the season, but North Dakota Brian Jones said the key to that success is Kaminsky, who is a tough matchup problem when he's shooting well

"When Jackson stays on the floor he's a huge key but if they can continue to establish Kaminsky, that's going to be the guy, I feel, who can get them over the top and establish themselves deep into the season," said Jones. "There's no question he's talented inside and out. That's a tough matchup with his length."

The way Wisconsin already shoots the ball already and spreads the floor, this Badgers team becomes that much harder to guard when a 7-0 center is driving the lane, hitting jump shots and utilizing shot fakes. It makes teams pick their poison of how to defend Wisconsin, and overmatched teams like Bowling Green will have a hard time slowing people down.

Jones added as good as Kaminsky is, Jackson's ability to push tempo will cause a lot of teams to adjust to a new brand of Wisconsin basketball.

"When I noticed on film that when he's off the floor at Green Bay, they play their typical style that they are used to, probably little bit slower and bit more cerebral," said Jones. "He forced the tempo … With Jackson's ability to guard the dribble really well at the defense end, he establishes them defensively.

"I enjoy watching them play. I talked to my staff and my players, when you want to emulate a program by taking care of the ball and doing things the right way, they are going to do things their way regardless of who they are playing."

Wisconsin will be in tournament mode all week by playing a game, taking a day off and playing another game. It's good conditioning prep for next week playing back-to-back games in Cancun, but this "tournament" team UW will be playing time is banged up.

Junior guard Chauncey Orr missed the last game with a right knee inflammation; game-time decision to not play. He's day-to-day. It really shouldn't matter.

How ironic would it be if Kaminsky went scoreless two days after he breaks a long-time school scoring record? Kaminsky scores 13 and Wisconsin wins by 31 in its first blowout of the season.

Worgull's Record: 3-1

Points off Prediction: 33 (8.25 per game)

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