Wisconsin played what was a scheduled as a nonconference game Friday night. But it could’ve been mistaken for an exhibition game.
In their final game before beginning Big Ten play, the Badgers pulled off the fourth-largest win in school history, a 90-37 dusting of Florida A&M (2-11). Wisconsin (11-2) overcame relatively slow starts to each half to wake up and score 40 points in each frame en route to its seventh straight win.
All but two of the 15 Badgers players who saw the floor scored a basket in a total decimation of the Rattlers, who were playing their second game in 25 hours. Furthermore, the Rattlers came into the Kohl Center playing with an extremely undermanned roster; Florida A&M played Wisconsin with only eight active players, making their upset chances nearly impossible.
And once the Badgers began to roll, they never looked back. After a slow start to open the game in which Wisconsin hit just 3 of 11 3-point shots, the Badgers rolled the offense back inside and went on a 21-7 run to end the first half.
Similarly, the Badgers committed three charges in the first three minutes of the second half before going on a 15-0 run to pull even further away from the Rattlers, who scored only 15 second-half points.
Wisconsin guard D’Mitrik Trice came off the bench to lead all scorers with 14 points in only 17 minutes. Three Badgers were in double figures while the team shot 52.3 percent from the field against the Rattlers. Defensively, the Badgers held Florida A&M to 25.9-percent shooting on the night, forced 15 turnovers and out-rebounded the Rattlers 53-21.
Wisconsin will stay home for the holiday weekend before hosting Rutgers in the Big Ten opener on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights have quietly leaped out to an 11-2 record to start the season. That game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. A week later, the Badgers travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the 16th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers on Jan. 3.