The Badgers have received a lot of contributions this season. That ability to spread the wealth is part of what got the team off to such a hot start.
But 3-point sharpshooter Ben Brust — a Wisconsin senior and alum of Chicagoland's Mundelein High School — has played one of the bigger roles, ranking as the Badgers' second-leading scorer and as one of the Big Ten's top long-range marksmen.
Though as the Badgers have started to stumble, so has Brust.
Wisconsin has dropped four of its last five games, with that skid reaching a new low Wednesday night in a home loss to Northwestern. Brust scored 21 points in that game, a season-high, but he needed an awful lot of shots to get it done, going 8-of-17 from the field. He was just 3-of-10 from 3-point range.
Brust wasn't happy with his performance against the Wildcats on Wednesday.
“I don’t even know what to say," he said. "To throw the ball in the post and get a wide-open kick out and to air-ball it is just ridiculous. That’s just unacceptable. You’ve got to make shots. You’ve got to be a man and step up and knock them down. Didn’t do that.”
And that's becoming a trend for the senior. From the Badgers' first loss of the year — a defeat at Indiana that started this slump — to this point, Brust has made a total of eight 3-pointers, going 8-for-31 from downtown.
He's launched a lot of shots from beyond the arc this season, leading the Big Ten with 135 3-pointers attempted. He's made 54, which also leads the league, but that slots him just ninth in 3-point percentage (40 percent). To compare, the conference leader in 3-point percentage, Michigan's Nik Stauskas, is 49-for-106 from 3 (46.2 percent).