Game Day Grades: Oral Roberts

MADISON - Despite its opponent shooting over 50 percent, No.12 Wisconsin survived an exhausting week with another quality win, besting Oral Roberts, 76-67, at the Kohl Center Saturday night. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: B

Wisconsin got off to a great start by jumping out to a 28-11 lead halfway through the first half, but some poor shot selections and turnovers led to the Golden Eagles making a comeback and consistently staying in the game.

The shots that Wisconsin took weren't bad shots but at times were taken early in the shot clock. The shots were open but at the same time it would have been better if they made the Golden Eagles work on the defensive end. Overall the Badgers shot 27-for-57 (47.4 percent) from the floor.

Although the Badgers only turned the ball over eight times, that number could have been better. There were two passes - one by Traevon Jackson and the other by Ben Brust - that were not needed. Jackson had a team-high four turnovers.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Badgers and Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin the team in scoring for the second time in the last three games – finishing with 21 points. Kaminsky came out aggressive and helped Wisconsin build an early lead.

Despite Kaminsky finding success down low early, the Badgers stopped feeding him consistently and started to settle for shots on the perimeter. Although they were able to knock down a couple of shots, the Badgers going 7-23 (30.4 percent) from three.

Defense: B-

Wisconsin is still a work in progress on the defensive end. Although the Badgers were able to play solid defense, making the Golden Eagles earn their points at times, there were still times where miscommunication or poor effort that led to easy points. Overall the Golden Eagles shot a blistering 27-for-49 (55.1 percent) from the floor.

The Badgers were able to force Oral Roberts into some early mistakes, which helped build an early lead, but the Badgers stopped showing an aggressive approach as the game progressed. Oral Roberts finished the game with 14 turnovers, seven of which were steals. Sam Dekker had a team-high three steals.

The Badgers allowed three players to score in double figures: Shawn Glover had 24 points, Bobby Word had 14 points and D.J. Jackson had 11 points. Wisconsin had trouble slowing down Glover and he was able to do most of his damage in the paint.

One thing the Badgers did do a good job of was limiting Oral Roberts to second-chance opportunities. The Golden Eagles only had three offensive rebounds, which led to two points.

Overall: B

Playing its third game in five days, Wisconsin looked good at times, but still has plenty to work on, especially since some of the mistakes they made early were unacceptable.

Every time Wisconsin was able to get the lead to double digits, the Golden Eagles were able to find a way to cut the lead. On a positive note, the Badgers were able to keep their composure and were able to respond to any run made by Oral Roberts.

Once again the Badgers got balance scoring from its starters and only got seven points from the bench. Duje Dukan four points all came in the first half because Dukan didn't see the floor in the second half. Nigel Hayes had three points.

Despite Dukan only played five minutes, he played well, including making a nice cut to the basket that led to an easy bucket. He also defended well.

The Badgers were able to get Oral Roberts into foul trouble early, which led to frequent trips to the charity stripe for Wisconsin. It was key for the Badgers to get the Golden Eagles into foul trouble because they were able to ice the game at the free-throw line. Overall Wisconsin shot 15-for-18 (83.3 percent) from the line.

Game MVP: Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky has been playing some of his best basketball of his career over the past week and has been key in helping Wisconsin chalk up some wins. Kaminsky played 33 minutes and was able to score 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting. He also finished the game with six rebounds, had a steal and one blocked shot.

Kaminsky has been playing aggressive basketball lately and was key in getting Wisconsin an early lead - scoring 10 of the Badgers' first 18 points. If Kaminsky can get into a rhythm early, it helps give some of the other Badgers some open looks.

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