Sophomore center Brian Butch scored a career-high 23 points — including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc — in leading the Badgers to a win in their season-opener. Butch finished with seven rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Kammron Taylor added 12 points and junior forward Alando Tucker put up 10 points.
"(Butch's) teammates found him tonight, and with good ball movement, a lot of times he was wide open," head coach Bo Ryan said. "Brian was able to score inside and outside."
Wisconsin was down by as much as five early in the game. But junior forward Jason Chappell's lay-up with 12:14 left in the first half broke a 13-13 tie and kicked off a 19-6 run that separated the Badgers for good. Wisconsin went into the locker room at halftime with a 40-25 lead. Wisconsin maintained at minimum a 13-point lead throughout the second half.
All of Wisconsin's roster, with the exception of freshman guard Mickey Perry, saw playing time and Wisconsin got 23 points from its bench – including seven from freshman guard/forward DeAaron Williams and nine from freshman forward Marcus Landry. Eight Badgers received double-digit minutes.
Sophomore guard Tony Murphy and junior center Calvin Brown added 14 points each for the Spartans.