by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
Going into yesterday’s game against North Dakota, junior big man Frank Kaminsky was averaging 8.7 points per game for the 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.
After his 43-point outburst, Kaminsky is now leading the team with 17.3 points per game.
Kaminsky, a 7 footer out of Illinois, set a new school record and had the highest scoring output in the NCAA this season with his performance in the Badgers’ 103-85 victory. He went an absurd 16-19 from the field, 6-6 from three and 5-6 from the free throw line in 28 minutes.
Kaminsky, fresh off a 16-point, eight-rebound performance at UW-Green Bay, entered the night averaging 3.2 points in 70 games at UW, including 8.7 in the first three games this season. He raised his scoring average to a team-best 17.3.
“In the first half they let him roam the three-point line,” said sophomore forward Sam Dekker, who added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. “But we drove and kicked and found him. He was spotting up and hitting.
“He was scoring back to the basket, face-up, three-point shots.”
His performance shattered his former career high of 19 points, which was set last year against Illinois.