MADISON, Wis. — Justin Simmons scored two early baskets as UNO took an early 5-2 lead, but, as expected, it was all Wisconsin after that.
The powerful Badgers took a 42-13 halftime lead and thumped UNO 86-40 in a nonconference payday for the Mavericks before 16,546 at the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin, coming off an 81-56 win over California, had five players score in double figures, led by guard Ben Brust's double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Brust went 4 for 8 from 3-point range.
Ryan Evans also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jared Berggren scored 13, Frank Kaminsky had 11 and Sam Dekker scored 10 for the Badgers (6-3), who opened the season in the national rankings but dropped out after losses to Florida and Creighton.
UNO (2-8) has two more games left in its 10-game road trip, including Sunday's matchup at Iowa State.
UNO shot just 21.7 percent (5 of 23) in the first half and 33.3 percent (17 of 51) overall.
Simmons, a Milwaukee native, led UNO with 12 points and five rebounds. John Karhoff and Matt Hagerbaumer each scored six points. Freshman guard Marcus Tyus had five points and three rebounds in 12 minutes.
Hagerbaumer made all three of his field goal attempts and is shooting 81 percent (17 of 21) from the field this season.
Wisconsin shot 48.6 percent from the field and outscored the Mavs 24-6 from 3-point range.