Wisconsin’s offensive clinic, especially in the first half, simply doomed Nebraska.
Freshman guard Sam Dekker tied his career high with 19 points, and No. 17 Wisconsin, fueled by a hot start, handed the Husker men’s basketball team its most lopsided loss of the season, 77-46, on Tuesday night in Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4) shot 59.3 percent before halftime, when it bolted to a 44-23 lead. The Badgers began the game 7-of-9 from three-point range, and finished the first half 8-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Nebraska (13-15, 4-11) couldn’t keep pace. The Huskers, who rallied from a 19-point point deficit to upset Iowa on Saturday, had no threat of a comeback this time.
In fact, Wisconsin led by as many as 38 points, the biggest margin any team has had against Nebraska this season.
“We just weren’t ready to compete the way we needed to be successful,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. “The fact was, we weren’t good enough tonight. We didn’t play with enough pride. I was extremely disappointed.”
Nebraska’s previous largest margin of defeat was 29 points to No. 1 Indiana earlier this month.
Dylan Talley scored 21 points — his fifth straight game with at least 16 points — to lead the Huskers, who were held to 33.3-percent shooting. Brandon Ubel added 10 points.
Dekker was 5-of-6 from the field — 4-of-5 on three-pointers — and Wisconsin finished shooting 50.9 percent, including 12-of-25 on three-pointers.
The 12 three-pointers were the most allowed by Nebraska this season, and Wisconsin’s most in a Big Ten game.
“Wisconsin makes threes,” Miles said, “and they can hurt you in a lot of different ways.”
Wisconsin, which defeated Nebraska 47-41 in Lincoln on Jan. 6, has won three straight Big Ten games by 20 or more points — the first time the Badgers have accomplished that feat since 1911-12.
Nebraska led 12-11 with 13:11 remaining in the first half after Talley's jump shot, but Wisconsin responded with a 24-2 run, and cruised.
Talley scored seven straight points, pulling the Huskers within 14, but Wisconsin answered with an 8-0 run, and the Badgers had their highest-scoring first half of the season.
Wisconsin didn’t lose any momentum at halftime, either. The Badgers started the second half on an 18-3 run.
Nebraska went scoreless the first 5:45 after halftime and shot just 1-of-18 to start the second half.
* Nebraska senior center Andre Almeida didn’t play because of a knee sprain, Miles said. Almeida also missed the first meeting against Wisconsin because of injury.
* Nebraska has scored fewer than 50 points in all four meetings with Wisconsin since joining the Big Ten Conference last season.
WISCONSIN 77, NEBRASKA 46
Three-pointers--3-11 (Ubel 0-1, Gallegos 1-3, Talley 2-5, Shields 0-1, Tyrance 0-1). Field-goal percentage--32.8. Free-throw percentage--60.0. Team fouls--16. Fouled out--Ubel. Assists--6 (Talley, 3). Turnovers--10. Steals--4 (Gallegos, 2). Blocked shots--0.
Three-pointers--12-25 (Bruesewitz 1-3, Berggren 0-1, Brust 3-5, Jackson 1-3, Smith 0-1, Marshall 2-4, Dekker 4-5, Wise 1-1, Showalter 0-1, Kaminsky 0-1). Field-goal percentage--50.9. Free-throw percentage--68.8. Team fouls--10. Assists--19 (Jackson, 5). Turnovers--8. Steals--4 (Brust, 2). Blocked shots--8 (Berggren, 4).