Senior forward Mike Wilkinson was called for traveling three times within the first 12 minutes of game.
"I got a little, I guess, quick with my feet a couple times and had a few turnovers but I still knocked down a few shots and made a few free throws," Wilkinson said.
All told Wisconsin made seven field goals in the first 20 minutes, while turning it over 11 times (five by Wilkinson) with zero assists.
"Eleven [turnovers] is what we [usually] have a for a game," sophomore guard Kammron Taylor said. "That's not us. We came back in the second half and I think we did a real good job of taking care of the ball."
The Badgers had seven turnovers and seven assists in the second half.
Fouls hamper Wilkinson early
Wilkinson's traveling violations, which all occurred in a four-minute span, were not his only worries in the first half. The 6-foot-8 senior was called for his second foul with 7:46 left to play before halftime and he sat out the rest of the first half.
Wilkinson scored six points in 12 first-half minutes, on 2 of 4 shooting. He added 11 points in the second half on 3 of 4 from the field, and also contributed five rebounds.
Butch, Chappell fill in
Chappell played well on the defensive end, providing a solid presence against Simmons and N.C. State's other post players.
"Defensively, [coach Bo Ryan] put me in because he just wanted people to play tough down low and be able to stop the big man from getting easy shots and be able to rebound," Chappell said. "I just went in and tried to do that."
Chappell, however, turned it over twice at the other end of the floor.
"I thought I could beat my man," he said. "I got by him. It was just once I got by him I couldn't do anything. I knew we were in the bonus so I started being aggressive hoping I could draw some fouls. It didn't happen the way I planned."
The 6-foot-10 sophomore's six first half minutes nearly matched his career single-game high (8). The New Berlin, Wis., native also had one rebound.
"I'm just so happy for everybody's contribution," guard Sharif Chambliss said. "The bench kept us fired up, Chappell came off the bench and gave us some great minutes. He usually doesn't play a lot but he stepped up big time today. He stepped in there and got physical with it with their big men."
Wilkinson played 31 minutes, becoming the Badgers' all-time leader in career minutes, with 3,984. He also tied Charlie Wills for first place on Wisconsin's all-time games played list with 129 and moved into sole possession of eighth place with 97 career starts.
Wisconsin tied a school record set last season with its 25th victory… In four seasons as UW's head coach Bo Ryan is now 7-0 in NCAA Tournament games against lower-seeded teams. His seventh tourney victory is a school record for a Badger coach… UW is now 21-1 this season while wearing their home white uniforms.