Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 21, 2015

Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night.

Here's senior writer Tom Dienhart's rapid reaction.

The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational.

The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the nets from 3-point land, shooting 40.7 percent (11-of-27) as Sam Dekker (20 points) and Nigel Hayes (15) also were in double-figures.

The key to victory: The Badgers were able to attack the rim at will. And that made for myriad easy shots, as Wisconsin shot 54.1 percent from the field and outscored Coastal Carolina 40-24 in the paint. Wisconsin?s size also resulted in a 36-25 edge on the glass. The Badgers were just too big and too good for Coastal Carolina.

It was over when: The moment Coastal Carolina?s bus rolled up to the arena in Omaha. The Chanticleers had no shot. None. Zip. Nada. It was 47-32 at halftime. Wisconsin senior point man Traevon Jackson was held out again. But, he wasn?t needed.

What?s next: The Badgers will take on No. 8 Oregon. Wisconsin knocked off the Ducks in last year?s tourney, 85-77, to advance to the Sweet 16. Kaminsky had 19 points to lead the way for the Badgers.

Notable: Wisconsin set a school record with its 32nd win, as the Badgers are in the tournament for the 17th straight year.

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