Madison, WI – After showing no issues an 84-60 victory against Green Bay on Wednesday, Wisconsin faced another quality mid-major opponent at home versus Boise State. The Badgers showed similar success in a 78-54 win on Saturday.
Senior 7-footer Frank Kaminsky led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting. He was 4-of-5 from three-point range while he added five rebounds and three blocks. Kaminsky got off to a hot start, making his first seven attempts from the field, and had no issues finding his offense against the Broncos. His jumper was falling while he also had success with a spin into a right-handed hook shot. The skilled big man will be a first-round selection in the upcoming NBA Draft because of his ability to stretch the floor as a center. The biggest concern comes on the defensive end, but Kaminsky has shown improvements as a rim protector this season.
There was plenty of intrigue with Nigel Hayes following his 25-point performance against Green Bay, and he continued his stellar start to his sophomore season versus Boise State. Hayes scored 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and connected on 1-of-3 three-point attempts. He added five rebounds (his first game in single-digits this season) and two assists. Hayes shows the makings of a perimeter game while he still adds consistent scoring in the post when needed. His progress will be something to monitor throughout the season, but Hayes has shot 4-of-8 from three-point range this year and has had a quality start.
The final piece of the frontcourt, Sam Dekker, didn’t have the same type of success with just four points on 2-of-4 shooting. He was 0-of-2 from behind the arc but did add five rebounds. Fortunately, Wisconsin’s frontcourt is so talented that an off night from one member can still result in a victory.
For Boise State, seniors Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic will be able to play professionally somewhere next season. Marks, a 6-foot-3 guard, scored 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting that included a pair of three-pointers on four attempts. He shows the ability to create his own shot off the dribble and was Boise State’s primary option with the shot clock running down. Marks used ball screens effectively and did a good job attacking the rim or pulling up from mid-range. He was able to score with either hand around the basket. At 6-foot-3, Marks is more of a scorer than point guard, but he did have three assists on Saturday. He can score in bunches but can also have a questionable shot selection at times.
Drmic is a 6-foot-6 wing from Australia. He was averaging 20.7 points per game entering Saturday’s contest, but scored just seven against Wisconsin and was held to single-figures for the first time this season. Drmic was 3-of-10 from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. He’ll likely be a floor spacer at the next level, as he’s 10-of-25 from three-point range this season. Drmic may lack elite quickness to create his own offense off the bounce, but he’s a savvy player that can use pump fakes or screens to create openings.
Wisconsin will now enter the Battle 4 Atlantis with a perfect 4-0 record under its belt. Boise State suffered its first loss of the year, but the Broncos are a talented team that has a chance to compete for a Mountain West title.
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