College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Ranked #12 in the latest AP poll, the Wisconsin Badgers appear to be building a force in the Big Ten, ready to challenge a loaded field of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Indiana when the conference schedule begins in January.
For now, Wisconsin is cruising through a solid non-conference schedule and are 4-0. Having already bettered St. John's, Florida and Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Badgers welcomed North Dakota into the Kohl Center for some hoops, coming away with a 103-85 victory.
Led by Frank Kaminsky's school-record 43 points, the Badgers rained down threes on the visitors, six of them from Kaminsky, who made all of his long-range shots and was 16-for-19 overall.
While he was kept busy scoring in his 28 minutes of court time, Kaminsky managed to haul in three boards and a steal. Totaling 21 in the first half and 22 in the second, Kaminsky, a junior forward whose previous high this season was a mere 16 points, shattered his own personal high and put up more points than any Division-I player this season.
His effort overshadowed the 39-point barrage put up by Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, in the #7 Cowboys' 101-80 win over #11 Memphis.
Kaminsky, a seven-footer, displayed a deft touch from long range, adding five of six from the foul line.
Next up for the Badgers is another home game against Bowling Green, this Thursday night.