Midway through the first half on Thursday, American was leading Wisconsin 17-10 and an upset was potentially brewing in Milwaukee.
However, the No. 2-seeded Badgers snapped out of their morning daze and poured it on the No. 15 Eagles the rest of the way, coasting to a resounding 75-35 victory and advancing to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
After some quick math, it would appear that Wisconsin ended the game on a 65-18 run, which is pretty impressive no matter which way you slice it.
The Badgers didn't allow a single player off American's bench to get on the scoreboard and Wisconsin had three players reach double-digit points, including junior guard Traevon Jackson, who led all scorers with 18 points on the day.
So what was the difference between the early portion of the game and the final 30 minutes?
Well, we'll delve deeper into that question when we analyze the five things we learned from Wisconsin's dominant performance against American.