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No. 12 Wisconsin runs away from on-the-bubble Minnesota


INDIANAPOLIS -- Wisconsin made its point emphatically Friday night.

This is what real Badgers basketball looks like -- aggressive, disciplined and devastating.

Ben Brust scored a career high 29 points, Frank Kaminsky grabbed 12 rebounds and Minnesota didn't get many good looks against a lockdown defense, a combination No. 12 Wisconsin used to pull away for an 83-57 rout in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

"The epitome of the Badger Way would be Ben and Josh (Gasser)," Nigel Hayes explained about the Badgers' new warm-up shirts, which read "The Badger Way."

"They're always hustling, they never take plays off, as Coach (Bo) Ryan said, they put their face on the ball, grinding it out, no easy possessions for the other team. "I feel like when all of us play games together like we did today, we get the results that we got today."

It was the largest victory margin in the first two days of this year's tourney.

Wisconsin (26-6) came to Indianapolis on a clear mission -- not allowing a border-state rival to strengthen its case for one of the NCAA's precious 36 at-large bids at the Badgers' expense.

They figured they did enough of that with an 81-68 loss in January, the first of this season's three meetings.But seventh-seeded Minnesota didn't stand a chance against these Badgers.

Wisconsin shot 54.5 percent from the field, made 10 of 24 on 3-pointers, outscored the Gophers' bench 38-12 and limited Minnesota to just 32.8 percent shooting.

Brust, the only senior starter, was the leader of a pack that has won nine of its last 10.

He went 8 of 15 from the field, 4 of 10 on 3s and had three steals, three rebounds and two assists before getting a well-deserved early exit.

"We just came out and some things started falling and tried to play with energy throughout the whole game," Brust said.

Former Aquinas star Bronson Koenig contributed to the Badgers offense with 14 points. He went 5 for 5 shooting on the night.  Four of those were from three point range.

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