Game Day Grades: Presbyterian

Ben Brust (Siker/12)

MADISON - Overmatching an undersized opponent, Wisconsin had little trouble getting by Presbyterian in the second game of the Las Vegas Invitational. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: A

Wisconsin shot lights out. Not only did Wisconsin shoot 52.3 percent (33-for-63) from the floor but, most impressively, went 43.2 percent (16-37) from three. Ben Brust was particularly hot, going 6-for-9 from distance, and ended up with a team-high 20 points and team-best 12 rebounds, recording his second straight double-double.

Besides Brust in double figures, three others cracked double figures and all set new career highs - Sam Dekker with 16 points, George Marshall added 12 and Frank Kaminsky chipped in 10 points.

After having trouble taking care of the basketball the last two games, Wisconsin did a much better job of taking care of the ball with only six turnovers. Sophomore guard Traevon Jackson committed a team high two turnovers.

The Badgers didn't grab many offensive rebounds in the game but didn't have to considering it was their best shooting performance of the year. Overall the Badgers used their size to pull down 11 offensive rebounds, which they were able to convert into 13 points.

With the Badgers being so hot from three, Wisconsin didn't look to feed the post that often against Presbyterian. Jared Berggren and Kaminsky combined to score 12 of the 24 points in the blocks.

Defense: A

Not only was Wisconsin's offense hot, the Badgers brought the defensive intensity against an undermanned, undersized unit, making life difficult for the Blue Hose to get any easy shot off or cutting off any passing lanes.

Wisconsin forced Presbyterian into 16 turnovers, 10 of them off steals, and turned those turnovers into 28 points. Wisconsin got its steals because of active hands and taking advantage of lax ball security by Presbyterian.

Khalid Mutakabbir led Presbyterian – one of only two players in double figures – as the Blue Hose only shot 36 percent (16-for-44) from the floor.

Wisconsin did a great job of hitting the defensive glass with Presbyterian only managing two offensive rebounds. The Badgers' size and ability to box out Presbyterian was too much.

Overall: A

Wisconsin played a complete game against the overmatched Blue Hose but, once again, the competition is going to take a jump against Creighton Friday night.

It seems that Dekker keeps improving a little bit each game, which is great to see. When you watch him, he seems like he knows what to do on the offensive end and he's been solid defensively so far. With the exception of the game at Florida, the competition hasn't been great, but Dekker played well against the Gators despite the loss. With the non-conference schedule to get tougher it'll be interesting to see if Dekker keeps improving.

I thought Kaminsky looked tentative and he didn't really mix it up against Cornell, but tonight was completely different. Kaminsky was playing down low and using his size to get some easy baskets. Kaminsky went 4-for-4 in the game, dished out three assists, had one block and had two steals. Kaminsky needs to play like that consistently if he wants minutes.

Ryan Evans continues to struggle with his shot. I know it's still early in the season and, hopefully, he can get his shot back on track soon because the Badgers will need his production. Evans went 3-for-9 from the floor for eight points and was able to pull down seven rebounds.

Game MVP: Ben Brust. Simply terrific against Presbyterian, Brust must have felt like he was throwing a beach ball into the ocean. Brust didn't record a double-double last season and now has three in the past four games. He has gotten off to a great start to the young season, picking up where he left off last season. Eventually teams are going to key on Brust and try and take his strengths away from him. It will be key for Brust to find different ways to score when this happens.

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