LINCOLN — Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles had designed his defense Sunday to “make a mess in the paint” for No. 9 Wisconsin.
But for a half, the Badgers' patient, precision offense was making a mess of the Huskers. The Badgers scored 35 points on 24 shot attempts. They shot 54.2 percent from the floor and hit 5 of 9 3-pointers. Worse, NU's defenders felt a step slow because Miles and his staff had directed them to double any player who posted up. Big guys, little guys. So the trio of UW guards that Miles calls “crafty” — Ben Brust, Traevon Jackson and Josh Gasser — were putting dents into the paint, drawing attention to them and moving the ball around the court for open jumpers.