EVANSTON, Ill (WSAU-Learfield Sports) The Wisconsin men's basketball team remained unbeaten, after pounding Northwestern 76-to-49 last night in their Big Ten opener in Evanston Illinois.
Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes had season-highs of 19 points and six rebounds, and has averaged just over 15 points in his last three games. Badgers' coach Bo Ryan said the 6-7 Hayes is a fast learner, and he's very smart and perceptive on the court. Hayes made 8-of-12 shots from the floor.
Sam Dekker scored 15 and Traevon Jackson 10 for fourth-ranked Wisconsin, which won its seventh straight over Northwestern. The Badgers out-shot the Wildcats 55-to-39 percent, with a 38-27 rebounding edge. The Wisconsin bench dominated the Wildcats' reserves 32-to-4.
Alex Olah scored a career-high 23 points for Northwestern, which fell to 7-and-7 overall and lost its second straight after a three-game winning streak. Wildcats' forward Nikola Cerina left early with an apparent leg injury.
Wisconsin won its 11th straight Big Ten opener.
The Badgers are now 14-and-0 for the first time since 1914. They can match the school record for their fastest start with a home win on Sunday night against Iowa.