An overview of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team's 87-47 victory over Southeastern Louisiana at the Kohl Center in the Badgers' season opener on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
Player of the game
Mike Bruesewitz: The Badgers had a 12-0 lead by the time the senior forward checked into the game, but that’s beside the point. The fact Bruesewitz was back – and played well – was a huge plus for UW.
By the numbers
40-16: UW’s advantage in points in the paint.
41.8: UW’s average margin of victory in its last four season openers.
93.3: combined free throw percentage of the rest of the Badgers besides senior forward Ryan Evans, who was 1 of 8.
Junior forward Duje Dukan decided to redshirt this season. Dukan, who appeared in just 13 games last season, was sidelined for three weeks during preseason conditioning work after coming down with mononucleosis.
“I missed most of the month of September and I felt like I could definitely contribute, but the recovery process has lasted longer than I expected,” Dukan said in a statement. “I feel like I’d be playing catch-up the whole season and I didn’t want to waste a year.”