Milwaukee, WI –Preseason All-American and Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds in leading the Badgers to a 49-38 victory over Marquette on the Al McGuire Court at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.
As has been his custom since enjoying a breakout junior season last year, Kaminsky impacted the game on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Entering the game making 54 percent of his shots including 42 percent behind the three-point line, Kaminsky converted on five-of-nine field goal attempts including one-for-one from distance. He worked the middle area of the Marquette zone shooting pull-up jump shots at the free throw line and runners in the paint. His one three-point basket, coming off a pick-and-pop play, came with 47 seconds left in the game, increased the Wisconsin lead to 44-38 and, in essence, sealed the win for the Badgers.
Kaminsky’s ten rebounds led the Badgers as did his three blocked shots and four steals. Kaminsky was at his rim-protecting best meeting and mostly beating the Marquette players who choose to challenge him with drives to the basket. And as has been a trademark of his performance this season, Kaminsky played mostly without fouling and finished with two fouls in a team high 38 minutes.
Wisconsin wing Sam Dekker, playing with an injured ankle that made his start a game time decision, was held to two points, but helped keep many Badgers possessions alive by collecting five rebounds, all on the offensive glass. Picking up some of the scoring slack left by Dekker was senior guard Josh Gasser, who made four-of-eight shots from behind the three-point line to account for all twelve of his points. Gosser, taking advantage of a Marquette zone defense packing the paint to contain the Wisconsin bigs, roamed the perimeter to find openings to shoot from behind the arc. Most of his three-point makes turned back Marquette rallies and momentarily quieted a huge, pro-Marquette crowd.
Senior guard Matt Carlino led Marquette with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line. The only blemish on Carlino’s afternoon was a team-high five turnovers, many of them coming as a result of over penetrating the Wisconsin defense.
Wisconsin rebounded from its Wednesday night loss to Duke and improved its record to 8-1. Marquette, coming off a 2-1 record in the Orlando Classic, dropped to 4-4 with the defeat.
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