The last time the Badgers played Eastern Kentucky was during the 2005 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. It took Wisconsin two overtimes to beat the Colonels that day. But the way Wisconsin is playing this year, the Badgers shouldn't need that long to beat the Colonels this year.
In this Badger Nation feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin to have success against Eastern Kentucky.
Lay up: Who steps up in the first half to give Wisconsin an early lead?
Ben Brust scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to give the Badgers a 20-point lead going into halftime. Brust's hot shooting gave the Badgers control of the game and it allowed them to play their style of basketball.
Brust may not be able to come out and duplicate his shooting performance against Eastern Kentucky but someone for Wisconsin is going to have to get going early in the game.
It could end up being a team effort building an early lead but any outstanding early lead should distinguish any hope the Colonels have coming into the game.
Mid-range jumper: Can the Badgers slow down Glenn Cosey?
Cosey is averaging 19.3 points per game for the Colonels in 35 minutes of work, and likes to drive to the basket. That means he's going to want to try and attack Traevon Jackson and Josh Gasser. Jackson and Gasser are both averaging two fouls a game and do a good job of trying to keep containment without committing foolish foul.
If Cosey can beat one of the guards off the dribble, Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes will have to be smart and not foul. Kaminsky should be fine but Hayes still needs to learn how to move his feet without fouling. If he can slide over and get his feet set, he should be able to draw a charge.
3-pointer: How will Frank Kaminsky fare with his foot injury?
The Badgers coaching staff believes that Kaminsky will be able to play Saturday, but the junior was held out of practice Thursday as a precaution. The Badgers may not need Kaminsky against Eastern Kentucky, which is undersized compared to the Badgers. Eric Stutz is their tallest player at 6-8 and averaging 6.2 points per game.
If Kaminsky plays on Saturday and can help the Badgers get out to an early lead; Bo Ryan should be able to give him a chance to rest his foot and get it healed come Big Ten play. Kaminsky might have limited minutes because of his injury, which means Hayes, Evan Anderson or Zach Bohannon could see the floor if Hayes gets into foul trouble. Hayes has been putting together a solid freshman season and has been able to do a little bit of everything for Wisconsin this year. Depending on what happens with Kaminsky on Saturday could give Hayes another chance to take the next step in his game.