Twelve Badgers score in 53-point win over Southern

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The hardest part for the Badgers might have been keeping their heads in the game.

No. 9 Wisconsin even did that well in rolling to a 92-39 victory over Southern in the opening game of the South Padre Island Invitational on Sunday.

The Badgers (3-0) led by 30 points with 3:46 left in the first half and never let up, going ahead by 50 with 9:17 left in the game on a pair of Brian Butch free throws. Alando Tucker led all scorers with 16, while Butch added 12 and six rebounds.

"When you get a lead like that, a lot of times you get bad habits and you do things that take away from what you've been working on," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "The thing that I liked is that we didn't jack up a lot of 3s. We moved the ball and we were patient, especially in the second half."

Southern (0-2) is breaking in 10 new players, returning only two who saw any significant playing time last season. The Jaguars never made more than two shots in a row and only did that three times -- the second after the Jaguars were already down by 50.

Southern shot 36 percent for the game, committed 25 turnovers and had just three assists.

Southern coach Rob Spivery questioned his team's effort.

"It's disappointing to travel the distance we did and not be able to accomplish anything or even compete," Spivery said. "I would just like to see our guys compete a little harder."

Jazz Williams led Southern with 10 points.

Wisconsin shot 69 percent for the game -- including 5 of 11 3-pointers -- had 18 assists, 10 turnovers and nine steals.

Wisconsin even improved what has been its only shortcoming so far this season. After making just more than half of their free throws this season, the Badgers hit 21 of 27 from the line.

Sunday's game fit into a pattern Wisconsin has developed in the early going. The Badgers are allowing fewer than 50 points a game and holding opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from the floor.

Twelve Badgers scored, including Kammron Taylor, who had 11 points.

Sunday marked the beginning of a seven-day stretch in which the Badgers will play four games as part of the invitational. Wisconsin will play at home Tuesday before heading to South Padre Island, Texas, for two more games.

Taylor said it was a welcome relief from the monotony of practicing against each other.

"We've been well coached and we have that experience on the team where we tell the guys that we don't need to force anything," Taylor said. "We don't need to please the crowd or run up the score. Even though we won by a lot, we worked on things that will help us down the stretch against some tougher competition."