Boise State's men's basketball team saw up close and personal why Wisconsin was a Final Four team last season and likely will be in the hunt again.
The Broncos fell 78-54 in Madison after the Badgers shot 55.4 percent from the field, led by 7-footer Frank Kaminsky's 26 points. The Broncos (3-1) were led by Derrick Marks' 16 points.
"We knew what we were getting into when we came here," Boise State coach Leon Rice said. "It's a heck of a basketball team. I look around trying to find a weakness, and I don't think I could find anything to see them up close like I did, it's a really, really impressive team."
After the Broncos' 72-67 double-overtime win over Montana on Tuesday, Rice said of Kaminsky, "you could say he is the best player in the country right now."Kaminsky sure played like it.
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The senior forward led all scorers with 26 points, going 11-of-13 from the field. He was 7-for-7 as Wisconsin led 38-24 at halftime. Boise State kept him wrapped up fairly well inside early, but he hit two 3-pointers in the first four minutes. The Badgers hit 6-of-11 3-pointers in the first half.
"It's a bit of a pick your poison, and when you pick your poison against a good team, they're going to make you swallow it," Rice said.
The Boise State men's basketball team faced what coach Leon Rice calls maybe the best player in the nation, and he lived up to that billing in the first half Saturday. Wisconsin led 38-24 after 20 minutes.
No. 3 Wisconsin's 7-footer, Frank Kaminsky, had 17 points at the half on 7-of-7 shooting, including three 3-pointers. The Badgers shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24).
Boise State was led by Derrick Marks' 10 points. The Broncos were 10-of-27 from the field (37 percent).
Only in 1978 when the Broncos faced then-No. 2 UCLA has Boise State faced a higher-ranked opponent than Saturday's game at No. 3 Wisconsin.
The Broncos, dressed in all-blue uniforms, traveled 14 players, including sophomore Dez Trent, who was suspended for the Broncos' first three regular-season and both exhibition games.
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