MADISON, Wis. - Ethan Happ has fans.
Coppin State coach Juan Dixon, for one, has been impressed by the Wisconsin preseason All-American for some time.
Happ recorded the second triple-double in Wisconsin history in the season opener Tuesday night, sparking the Badgers to an 85-63 win over Dixon and the Eagles.
Happ recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. The other UW triple-double came courtesy of Josh Gasser in 2011.
Happ didn't score a basket until the 10:48 mark of the first half. Happ faced double teams nearly every time he touched the ball.
An assistant at Maryland, Dixon had the chance to watch Happ early in his career.
"I knew he was going to be a special player," Dixon said. "He was one of my favorite players in the country back then.
"I knew we would have our hands full (with Happ) this time."
D'Mtrik Trice scored 21 points and Brevin Pritzl added 16 for Wisconsin.