Ben Brust cooling off from 3-point range during Badgers' skid

Ben Brust cooling off from 3-point range during Badgers' skid
January 30, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

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.

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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).