Although Arizona presented some tough matchups for Wisconsin on offense, the Wildcats had no answer for Frank Kaminsky, who led the way with 28 points. Traevon Jackson was the only other Badgers player to reach double digits with 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting.
Even with Arizona giving Wisconsin fits on defense, the Badgers were able to find a way late in the first half to get things going on offense, which carried over into the second half. Wisconsin finished the game 24-for-61 (39.3 percent) from the field and while they didn't shoot a high percentage, they were able to knock down some clutch shots and find open passing lanes for lay ups.
Arizona didn't give Wisconsin many chances to get to the free throw line but the Badgers did convert when they managed to get to the charity stripe. Overall Wisconsin went 10-for-12 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line. Not one player for Wisconsin dominated by getting to the free throw line. Josh Gasser and Kaminsky each got to the line four times and both knocked down three of their free throws.
Wisconsin was able to put together a solid performance on defense, not giving Pac-12 player of the year Nick Johnson anything easy on offense. Johnson led Arizona with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Kaleb Tarczewski was second with 12points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points off the bench, as the Badgers were able to hold Arizona to 23-for-57 (40.4 percent) from the field.
Kaminsky and Hayes did a good job of defending Aaron Gordon, who finished the game with eight points on 3-for-11 from the field (including 2-for-9 in the paint). Gordon didn't make his first field goal until the 2:34 second mark of the second half. Whenever Gordon drove to the paint, Kaminsky or Hayes did a good enough job of cutting off his post moves and forcing him to pass the basketball out to one of his teammates.
Wisconsin did a good job of staying disciplined by only committing 15 personal fouls. Unlike Wisconsin, Arizona struggled from the free throw line, finishing 12-for-18 (66.7 percent).
Arizona had early success by jumping out to an eight-point lead, but Wisconsin was able to handle the surge, slowly chip away until they were able to get themselves back in the game and take control of it.
Even though Wisconsin's bench was outscored by Arizona 17-9, Bronson Koenig couldn't have come up with a better performance in his 17 minutes of playing time. Koenig had five points on 2-for-2 shooting from the field, but the two shots he hit were big. His first shot came from mid-range as the shot clock expired, which put Wisconsin up two and gave UW its first lead. Two offensive possessions later he was able to knock down a three from the corner to put Wisconsin up five. Koenig also finished the game with two rebounds and one assist.
Arizona was able to outrebound Wisconsin 39-38, but the Badgers continued to do a good job of boxing out and trying to limit any second-chance opportunities by the Wildcats. Despite Gordon's poor shooting performance, the Badgers did have trouble keeping him off the glass, where he had 18 rebounds.
Once again Jackson and the rest of the Badgers did a good job of working the ball around the floor and trying to get an open shot, even if they weren't falling at times. Jackson finished with a team-high five assists and the Badgers finished the game with 11 assists to eight turnovers.
Game MVP: Frank Kaminsky. The tank could not be stopped, scoring 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting along with grabbing 11 rebounds, giving him his second double-double of the year. Once Kaminsky got the ball down low, Arizona simply couldn't find a way to prevent him from getting any sort of lay up or letting him use one of his go to post moves.
Jackson deserves some credit for Kaminsky's performance, as was able to consistently get dribble penetration into the lane. That caused Arizona to collapse and open up a passing lane to Kaminsky, where the junior routinely finished the play.