All five Wisconsin starters scored in double figures as the Badgers knocked off North Dakota 78-64 at the Kohl Center on Tuesday night.
Wisconsin went up 13 at halftime, then a ten-to-one second half run sealed the victory.
Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig led the Badgers with 17 points each. Geno Crandall had 19 off the bench for North Dakota.
The Badgers (2-1) hit the road for the first time this season. They’ll face Georgetown on Friday afternoon (4pm) at Madison Square Garden.
Van Vliet ineligible
Wisconsin freshman Andy Van Vliet has been ruled ineligible for the 2015-16 season after the NCAA denied the school’s appeal seeking his reinstatement. The NCAA ruled Nov. 4 the Belgium native was ineligible, but Wisconsin filed a waiver citing “factors outside of Van Vliet’s control.’ The school received word Tuesday that appeal had been denied. Van Vliet, a 6’11 freshman, was expected to add depth to a Badgers front line that lost Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Duje Dukan from a squad that reached last year’s national championship game. The school said NCAA rules allow student-athletes one year to enroll in college following their high school graduation or expected graduation date. But the 20-year-old played as an amateur outside that window. In addition to sitting out this season, he will only have three years of eligibility remaining.