At a Glance: Wisconsin

A closer look at Illinois next opponent - the Wisconsin Badgers.

Illinois (13-9, 2-7) vs. Wisconsin (17-5, 4-5)
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. CT - Champaign, Ill. - State Farm Center (16,618)
Big Ten Network - Dave Revsine, Shon Morris

Notes (per Wisconsin sports info):

1 RESUME STILL STRONG: UW opened the season 16-0, its best start in program history. Now 17-3, the Badgers are No. 3 in the official NCAA RPI, having faced the nation's 3rd-toughest schedule. UW owns 3 wins over the AP top 25 and 10 over the RPI top 100.

2 ON THE OFFENSIVE: Wisconsin is enjoying its best offense of the Bo Ryan era, averaging 73.5 ppg (up 8.5 ppg from last season), while ranking 3rd in the Big Ten in offensive efficiency with an average of 1.18 points per possession.

3 WHY THEY'RE GOOD: UW boasts its most productive offense in 19 years, but has remained true to its roots. The Badgers are tied for 2nd in the Big Ten in scoring defense (63.3 ppg), lead the nation in fewest TOs (8.2 per game) and are 2nd in NCAA in fewest fouls committed (15.0 per game).

4 DEKKER EARNING PRAISE: Selected to the Wooden Player of the Year Award Midseason Top-25, Sam Dekker has posted 4 double-doubles this season and leads UW in both scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).

5 ROAD TESTED: Wisconsin is 7-2 away from home this year, going a perfect 3-0 in neutral games and 4-2 in true road venues. Among Big Ten teams, only Michigan State (6) has more road wins.

Probable starters:
Ben Brust: G, 6-1, 195, Sr. - 12.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
Traevon Jackson: G, 6-2, 208, Jr. - 10.6 ppg, 4.4 apg
Sam Dekker: F, 6-8, 220, So. - 14.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Josh Gasser: G, 6-3, 190, RJr. - 8.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Frank Kaminsky: C, 7-0, 234, Jr. - 13.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Off the bench:
Nigel Hayes: F, 6-7, 250, Fr. - 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Duje Dukan: F, 6-9, 220, RJr. - 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Bronson Koenig: G, 6-3, 190, Fr. - 3.8 ppg, 1.2 apg

Series notes:
Series Record: Illinois leads 110-80
Series Streak: Wisconsin W-6
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 68-23
Series Streak at Champaign: Wisconsin W-2
Last Meeting: #4/4 Wisconsin 95, #23/- Illinois 70 // Jan. 8, 2014 at Madison
Groce vs. Wisconsin: 0-3

Fun fact:

Bucky Badger, the Wisconsin mascot's full name is -- Buckingham U. Badger.

Notable quotable:

Coach John Groce on January's loss to the Badgers: "I didn't think we did anything real well. I thought we were very selfish defensively. We were locked on our men and didn't help and support one another, played it like it was five 1-on-1 games out there defensively. I thought we didn't have the same fight."

Wisconsin team info:

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