ISLAND, Bahamas - The whistle blew and Wisconsin coach Bo
Ryan immediately went into action, thrusting his arms
straight up in protest of what he thought was an erroneous
mind that his team was up by 17 and putting on its usual
display of defensive brilliance.
satisfied and doesn't want his Badgers to be, either.
Kaminsky had 16 points and eight rebounds, Duje Dukan
scored 11 points and No. 2 Wisconsin had no trouble
beating Alabama-Birmingham 72-43 in the Battle 4 Atlantis
quarterfinals Wednesday night.
expect guys to compete in practice every day, so games
aren't going to be any different," Ryan said.
"And no matter what the final score is, each
possession to us is important, teammates cheering for
teammates, it's still a game and it's still fun to
compete. ... The idea is, take care of business when you
Gasser added 10 points to help the Badgers (5-0) win their
21st straight regular-season nonconference game.
held UAB to 35 percent shooting, and is now giving up 46.6
points per game this season.
thought we were thoroughly dominated by a very, very good
basketball team," UAB coach Jerod Haase said.
Zak Showalter (3) hits a one handed dunk against UAB
during their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis
basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas on
Brown scored 16 points for UAB (2-3), which never led.
Brown scored UAB's first 11 points and was the only Blazer
to record a field goal in the first 19:59.
one of the top two teams I've ever played," Brown
said about the Badgers, likening them only to the North
Carolina teams he used to face when he was at Virginia
upsetting start to Wednesday — No. 5 North Carolina (by
Butler) and No. 22 UCLA (by Oklahoma) were knocked off in
the first two games of the day in the Bahamas — this one
lacked any sense of drama.
always take note when you see the quote-unquote underdog
win a game," Kaminsky said.
didn't help UAB.
run in the first half put Wisconsin up 22-8, and after
Brown made a 3-pointer to get the Blazers within 15 with
13:58 left, another big Badger burst — this one 17-2
over 7 minutes — made it 60-30.
in 1-for-14 slide over a 13-minute stretch of the first
half, before Nick Norton banked in a 3-pointer from near
midcourt just before the halftime buzzer.
It was a
rare Blazer highlight: Wisconsin went into the break with
a 37-17 lead.
played pretty well on the defensive end," Gasser
head coach Bo Ryan makes a call during a game
against UAB in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball
tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas on Wednesday.
during the intermission, the good night for the Badgers
continued. A Wisconsin fan walked onto the floor and
proposed at halftime to his girlfriend, kneeling to
present her ring at practically the very spot Norton had
shot from moments earlier.
Wednesday marked the seventh straight time UAB has lost
when facing a team ranked in the Top 5. ... The Blazers
were 1 for 12 around the basket in the first half. ... UAB
players are wearing shoes of two different colors — one
green, one white or gray — in each game this season to
promote awareness for pediatric cancer.
Here's first-half point totals allowed by the Badgers this
season: 15, 21, 29, 24 and now 17. ... Wisconsin is 5-0
for the third time in four years.... The Badgers improved
to 53-9 when Dukan plays. Dukan entered the day as one of
only seven active Division I players to appear in at least
50 wins and fewer than 10 losses.
got the 300th field goal of his Wisconsin career on his
seventh basket Wednesday, a driving dunk from the left
finished with 19 turnovers and Wisconsin cashed in most of
them, turning them into 28 points.
Faces No. 18 Florida in Thursday's consolation round.
Faces Georgetown in Thursday's semifinals.