No. 9 Wisconsin cruises to 79-47 win over Central Arkansas

Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, right, stands behind his teammates and hangs his head during the national anthem before Wisconsin played Central Arkansas in an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) Bronson Koenig had 16 points, Nigel Hayes scored 10 of his 14 in the second half and No. 9 Wisconsin opened a season of high expectations with a 79-47 win Friday night over Central Arkansas.

The Badgers were never seriously threatened after building a 20-point lead with 15:46 left following an 8-0 run. Hayes did all the scoring with two 3s and a layup.

The Big Ten preseason player of the year was 5 of 10 from the field. He finished 2 for 6 from 3-point range after missing his first three shots from behind the arc.