ORU Can't Keep Up At No. 12 Wisconsin
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan knows his team isn't going to be hot from outside every game.
The Badgers showed off their versatility Saturday night when they found a way to get another victory without their usual outside production.
Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures, helping the 12th-ranked Badgers hold on for a 76-67 win against Oral Roberts.
The Badgers were shooting a Big Ten-best 48.5 percent from 3-point range coming into the game, but struggled from behind the arc in this one. Playing their third game in five days, they hit just 7 of 23 attempts.
"The percentage we were shooting from 3, you know there's going to be some games where that's not going to happen," Ryan said.
Wisconsin (6-0) made up for the long-range deficit by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds and scoring 15 second-chance points. The work in the lane -- where the Badgers scored 34 points -- helped them shoot 47 percent from the floor for the game.
Meanwhile, a Wisconsin program with a reputation for stout defense is struggling on that end after holding opponents to 39 percent shooting from the field last season.
Opponents were connecting on 46 percent of their shots coming into Saturday, and Oral Roberts shot 55 percent. Shawn Glover led the Golden Eagles with 24 points.
Ryan said Oral Roberts (2-3) stretched the Badgers' defense by connecting from 3-point range, where the Golden Eagles finished 7 of 13. The long-range shooting led to more lanes for dribble penetration.
That's how Glover was most effective, often taking his defender off the dribble and then pulling up for a jump shot. He finished 10 of 16 for the game.
Bobby Word had 14 points for Oral Roberts, and D.J. Jackson finished with 11.
"You pick your poison, and fortunately, we held on long enough that the clock ran out," Ryan said.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, continues to present a balanced scoring attack. After six players finished in double figures in Thursday night's 88-64 victory over Bowling Green, they had five with at least 10 points on Saturday.
In addition to Kaminsky, Josh Gasser finished with 15 points, Traevon Jackson had 11 and Sam Dekker finished with 10. Guard Ben Brust added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Oral Roberts trailed the entire game, but pulled within four points twice in the final minutes, including 66-62 after Glover converted a three-point play.
But the Golden Eagles could not get over the hump as Wisconsin shot 8 of 8 from the foul line the rest of the way, including four from Jackson.
Though they shot well from the field, the Golden Eagles hurt themselves with 14 turnovers that Wisconsin turned into 20 points.
Jackson acknowledged it's been a tough stretch this week, but he was still disappointed in how the Badgers defended.
"At the end of the day, there's no excuses in terms of our defense. We know what we're capable of doing," he said.
"We have to stop the ball regardless of how much we score. That's what we have to hang our hats on if we want to accomplish the goals we want to accomplish as a team."
The Golden Eagles played without leading scorer Obi Emegano, who averages 19 points a game, after he injured his knee in a loss to Saint Louis on Thursday.
Without him, Oral Roberts looked rattled early.
Wisconsin scored the first nine points of the game and led by as many as 17 in the first half. The Badgers seemed poised to pull away in a romp up 35-19 with a little more than 5 minutes to go in the half.
But Oral Roberts reeled off a 9-0 run over the next four minutes. Gasser made a layup to help the Badgers to a 37-28 lead at the break.
Coach Scott Sutton said when the Golden Eagles got down 17, the game had the looks of a 30- or 40-point blowout. But he was pleased with how they fought back, especially after they were tied with Saint Louis with 11 minutes to go on Thursday only to lose by 17 after Emegano was hurt.
"I think our guys got rattled," Sutton said. "Obi is not only our leading scorer, he's our best defender, he's our leader. He's got a great calming effect over our guys. We missed that."
The game is part of the Cancun Challenge. The Badgers will next play Saint Louis as part of the tournament on Tuesday.