EVANSTON, ILL. – It was Sam Dekker on the outside, and Frank Kaminsky all over the court. Duje Dukan provided a lift when he checked into the game, and Nigel Hayes had his share of positive moments.
Wisconsin overwhelmed Northwestern with its wide array of offensive options.
Kaminsky and Dekker scored 16 points apiece, leading the No. 4 Badgers to an 81-58 victory Sunday night.
"We've had a few nights like that this year, where we have a multitude of guys putting shots in the bucket," Dekker said, "and I think that's what's cool about our team this year. We have a lot of guys that are confident to take those shots."
Wisconsin (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) made 12 three-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field overall. Dukan had 14 points off the bench in Wisconsin's seventh consecutive victory, and Hayes scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
Kaminsky also had 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals in his final game at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The senior forward from nearby Lisle played on the same high school team as Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski. His mother, Mary, played volleyball for the Wildcats and his uncle, Jim Stack, is the fifth-leading scorer in Northwestern history with 1,583 points.
"It's always nice to come back home and play in front of so many family and friends," Kaminsky said. "Just the support I have in this area is great, and it's nice to be able to play in front of them."
Tre Demps had 17 points for Northwestern (10-5, 1-1), which had won four in a row. Freshman Bryant McIntosh finished with 13 points.
"Our guys are fighting, and they're getting better," Wildcats coach Chris Collins said. "And the way you get better is playing in games like this. And you know what, sometimes you get knocked to the canvas."