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Frank Kaminsky nets 43 points as No. 12 Wisconsin tops 100 in a win

Nov 19, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

Frank Kaminsky

For the first time since Dec. 28th, 1995, the Wisconsin Badgers broke the century mark on a basketball court.

The Badgers shot 62.1% from the floor and hit 12-of-20 from beyond the arc en-route to a 103-85 win over Big Sky contender North Dakota.

Impressive, right?

Wisconsin has a reputation in basketball circles. They’re slow. They don’t score a lot of points. They drain the shot clock. For lack of a better word, they’re boring!┬áThat wasn’t the case on Tuesday, as Wisconsin matched North Dakota fast break for fast break.

The star of the night was Frank Kaminsky, who shot 16-for-18 from the floor, 6-for-6 from three and hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line en route to a Wisconsin record of 43 points. It’s obviously a career-high for Kaminsky, who had 26 points in three games this season and who entered the game with 133 points in his Wisconsin career.

I know, right?

Just to provide some context for how ridiculous this scoring outburst from Wisconsin is, some numbers:

  • Kaminsky is a junior. Three times since he’s been at Wisconsin, the Badgers have failed to score more than 43 points in a game. 11 times during that stretch, Kaminsky’s 43 points would have beaten the team they were playing.
  • Wisconsin had about 72 possessions against North Dakota. They averaged less than 62 a season ago. Northwestern led the nation averaged a little more than 73 possessions.
  • The last time Wisconsin won a game where they had 74 possessions in regulation? Dec. 9th, 2007, in a win over Marquette. The final score of that game was 70-66.
  • Kaminsky’s career-high had been the 19 points he scored in a win over Illinois last season.

Kaminsky’s 43 points are the most scored in a game this season at the Division I level. Jack Taylor of Grinnell, a Division III school, had 109 points in a game this weekend. What Kaminsky did against a real opponent is infinitely more impressive.