Opponent Preview: Wisconsin

With both teams coming off conference losses, the Gophers and Badgers will look to get back on track with a win over a Big Ten rival. Tip-off at Kohl Center is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised by BTN.

No. 14 Minnesota (15-4, 3-3) vs. Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2)
Madison, Wis. – Kohl Center
1:00 p.m. CT – BTN (Dave Revsine, Shon Morris)


Season to Date
Like Minnesota, the Badgers have had plenty of ups and downs this season. They hold an overall record of 13-6 and are 4-2 in the conference, good for fourth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin holds impressive wins against Indiana, Illinois, and Cal. Despite the big wins, the Badgers have struggled against lesser opponents this season, losing to Iowa, and Virginia while barely beating Nebraska. Wisconsin has just one loss at the Kohl Center which came against No. 13 Michigan State on Tuesday.

Coaching Preview
Bo Ryan is in his 29th year of coaching with the last 12 of those at Wisconsin. With the Badgers, Ryan has compiled a 268-101 record overall while dominating at home with a 166-15 tally in Madison. Ryan's Badgers have made the NCAA Tournement every season he has been on the Wisconsin bench, an impressive feat.

Series History
Saturday will mark the 182nd meeting between the two rivals. Minnesota holds a 94-87 advantage in the all-time series but is just 33-54 when playing in Madison.

Last Meeting
The last time these two teams met was last February with Wisconsin winning a low-scoring affair at home by a score of 52-45. Forward Ryan Evans was a driving force for the Badgers, scoring 12 points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds.

Minnesota Natives
Two of Wisconsin's top players hail from the state of Minnesota. Princeton (Minn.) native Jared Berggren leads the Badgers in scoring at 12.5 points per contest while also hauling in 6.4 rebounds. St. Paul's Mike Bruesewitz has been a steady performer for Wisconsin, logging over 25 minutes per game in his senior season.

Projected Starters
G 1 Ben Brust (6-1, 195, Jr.) – 10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg
F 5 Ryan Evans (6-6, 208, Sr.) – 10.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg
G 12 Traevon Jackson (6-2, 213, So.) – 5.6 ppg, 2.3 apg
F 31 Mike Bruesewitz (6-6, 223, Sr.) – 7.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg
C 40 Jared Berggren (6-10, 235, Sr.) – 12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Top Reserves
F 15 Sam Dekker (6-7, 220, Fr.) – 9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G 3 George Marshall (5-11, 185, r-Fr.) – 5.6 ppg, 1.3 apg

Location: Madison, Wis.
Enrollment: 42,595
Conference: Big Ten
Nickname: Badgers
Colors: Cardinal and White
Coach: Bo Ryan (12th season)

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