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UW cruises 96-44 in final tune up

All five of Wisconsin's starters scored in double figures and all 14 active members on the roster got into the scoring column as the Badgers cruised to a 96-44 exhibition win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Bo Ryan Press Conference 11.7.12

In their first live action since replacing the star of last year's team Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin employed tremendous balance Wednesday night against the Titans.

"It's kind of the way this team plays," Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan said. "It's the way this team played in the summer. It's the way they played in the fall.

"I could see pretty good balance, not knowing who could explode on any given night. There's some guys out there that are capable. If there's only one guy or two guys you're counting on, it's pretty hard.

"Like last year, when the contributions started coming from the front court, we were a lot better in January and March, than we were in November and December."

Wisconsin was led by Senior Forward Jared Berggren with 16 points, while Ben Brust and Frank Kaminsky chipped in with 12 apiece. The Badgers also got 11 points each from George Marshall and Ryan Evans.

For the game, Wisconsin shot 57.1 percent from the field, but the big advantage come on the glass, where the Badgers out rebounded Wisconsin-Oshkosh 46-18.

"We're going to play bigger teams and we know that," said Ryan. "But, they were gritty and determined, and we lost some of those inside.

"We had a lot of offensive rebounds, but couldn't get back up to the glass or to the rim because of how tenacious Oshkosh was on the hands and the arms."

Berggren led Wisconsin with 16 points.

Despite the 52-point victory, it wasn't all smooth sailing for Wisconsin, as Wisconsin-Oshkosh opened the game with a 7-0 run. The rest of the game was a different story as the Badgers used a 44-11 run to close the half and never looked back.

Tonight's exhibition marked the first career appearance of heralded freshman forward Sam Dekker. Dekker finished with five points and three assists in 19 minutes, but Ryan would like to see more on the defensive end from Dekker.

"Sam was a little soft," Ryan stated. "He's got to be able to get in the grill of guys a little more. High schools guys who were scorers, tend to defensively get a little softer on their man, because they can't foul out.

"He's got to play defense the way we play it all the time. That is getting into people a little more and closing shots down."

10 players played 10 minutes or more for the Badgers in Wednesday night's exhibition. Heading into the Sunday's season opener against Southeastern Louisiana, Wisconsin will pride themselves on depth and balance.

"I think we have a pretty versatile lineup this year," Senior Forward Ryan Evans said. "It's just going to be interesting. Everyone's been playing well. Everyone's been shooting well.

"It's going to be on Coach Ryan, I guess to figure it out who's going to play and who is not. I think we'll be a deep team."

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