Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky has had bigger scoring nights.
He struck for a school-record 43 points in a rout of North Dakota in November.
He's had better outings on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds against Virginia in December.
The junior first-team, All-Big Ten selection has blocked shots with more proficiency, swatting four in a game against Wisconsin-Green Bay in November.
But the 7-footer's impact might never have been greater than in the Badgers' 85-77 victory against Oregon in an NCAA Round of 32 game last weekend at Bradley Center.
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With Wisconsin trailing the Ducks by as many as 14 points, the Badgers mounted a colossal comeback, largely on the back of the big guy. Kaminsky connected on 8 of 15 shots from the field, scoring a team-high 19 points as Oregon struggled to solve Bo Ryan's swing offense.
More often than not, Kaminsky had the open look. Time after time, he made the Ducks pay.
"Frank's looks were because the five-man (center) was maybe helping on some other things," Ryan said. "We just try to make sure we are finding the open guy, and Frank was open quite a bit."
Kaminsky converted a pass from Sam Dekker into an easy layup to cut the lead to nine a minute into the second half.
He stuck a mid-range jumper off a Josh Gasser dish a minute later to make it a seven-point game.
He nailed another jumper from Gasser's give at the 16:02 mark, trimming Oregon's edge to 55-51.
When Kaminsky connected on a three-pointer at 15:26 to make it a one-point game, the partisan Wisconsin crowd went bonkers and it seemed certain there was going to be a Sweet 16 party 80 miles up the road in Madison.
Indeed there was.
"I think it had a little to do with the pressure they were putting on the guards," Kaminsky said. "I tried to release it sometimes and they were able to find me with the post open. It was one-on-one.
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"I was looking at some easy buckets there. They did a great job of finding me."
It's not every day you find a 7-footer with such a complete game. When Oregon coach Dana Altman chose to try and clamp down on Wisconsin's backcourt to thwart the rally, "Frank the Tank" sank the Ducks.
It all started for Kaminsky back at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., 27 miles west of Chicago.
The son of Frank Kaminsky II, a standout basketball player at Lewis University, and Mary Kaminsky, a volleyball star at Northwestern, you could assume he was going to be tall.
But when he grew from 6-foot-3 as a sophomore to 6-10 as a junior, his career went vertical
"What worked to his advantage was he had guard skills before he really shot up," said Benet Academy coach Gene Heidkamp. "He had the ability to shoot the three-point shot and handle the ball. A big kid who can handle the ball like that really helps against pressure.
"He's a great passer. It's nice that he has the single-game scoring record and is putting up points, but people who have played with him and have watched him closely understand he's unselfish. He's a well-rounded offensive player and can hurt you in multiple ways."
Respecting those skills will be the task for Baylor when the Badgers (28-7) meet the Bears (26-11) on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif., with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.
It took a while for Kaminsky, a first-team all-state player out of Benet, to become the force he is in the collegiate ranks today. He averaged just 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman. Things ticked up slightly his sophomore year to 4.2 points and 1.2 boards.
Then came the breakthrough 2013-14 campaign -- a team-best 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds – a story that continues to be written in the tournament.
"I'm not surprised," said Heidkamp who led Benet Academy to its first-ever Illinois state championship game against power Whitney Young last weekend, bowing by a basket to a team that included Duke recruit Jahlil Okafor and Georgetown hopeful Paul White. "I think Frank is a tremendous player and I think he has been. I think when he made the decision to go to Wisconsin he knew he would have to be patient and wait his turn and allow himself to get coached up and work on his game against really good players. I think he's really taken advantage of his opportunity."
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