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B1G Thursday Recap: Wisconsin Returns to Form

The Tank they call Frank returned and Wiscy cruised past Nebraska in Madison.

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten only had one game on Thursday night, but it figured to be a big one with Nebraska going on the road to face Wisconsin.  This would be a rematch of last season's regular season finale that ended in a thrilling Nebraska upset.  Let's take a look at what happened.

Game of the Night: Nebraska @ #7 Wisconsin

Being the only game of the night, this blowout was the best game by default, but it may end up being the least entertaining matchup of the week. The big story of the night was Frank Kaminsky returning to the lineup after missing the loss to Rutgers due to a concussion. The Wooden Award candidate wasted little time returning to form, hitting two 3s in the first six minutes en route to a 22-point performance. Nebraska finally had their whole team healthy and ready to play, but Leslee Smith and Moses Abraham only combined for 6 total points and 19 minutes coming off the bench.

Wisconsin was in control of the game throughout, but a sequence at the end of the first half was what really helped them put the Huskers in a stranglehold. The Badgers scored on back-to-back possessions to move the lead to nine, and then Tim Miles was called for a technical foul, with 2.1 seconds left, for something he said to the referee whilst his team was trying to hurry up and get a shot off. Josh Gasser hit one of two and Wisconsin went into the break with a double-digit lead and all of the momentum. Nebraska cut the lead to just four early in the second, but that was as close they would get as the Badgers pulled away. Bo Ryan's team's lead would be as high as 20 points before the benches were cleared and a 5-0 run by Nebraska led to a 70-55 final score.

Bronson Koenig started the game in place of the injured Traevon Jackson. The sophomore ended the game with 11 points on 4-5 shooting and played all but three minutes of the game. Nebraska was led by Terran Petteway who scored an impressive 27 points, going 11-20 from the field. Unfortunately for the Huskers, no other player scored more than 8 as they struggled to keep up with the Badgers. Both teams get the weekend off before hosting a game next Tuesday. Wisconsin welcomes Iowa to the Kohl Center, while Nebraska takes on Minnesota in the friendly confines of Pinnacle Bank Arena.