MADISON, Wis. -- Jon Leuer scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead Wisconsin (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, unranked AP) to an 85-53 win over North Dakota.
Keaton Nankivil added 17 for the Badgers (2-0) in a game that went about as expected in a matchup between a regular Big Ten contender and a team in its third year of the transition to Division I.
An 8-0 run in the middle of the first half put the Badgers up 26-11. They led 41-21 at the break and opened the second half on a 16-2 run to blow the game open.
Milwaukee native Troy Huff scored 21 to lead North Dakota (1-1). His mother, Theresa, is the all-time leading rebounder in Wisconsin women's basketball (1,201) and the fifth-leading scorer (1,879). She is in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
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