Preview: North Dakota vs. No.25 Wisconsin

After a convincing 44-point victory in the opener, No.25 Wisconsin looks for another similar effort 48 hours later, as the Badgers host North Dakota Tuesday night.

North Dakota (1-0, 0-0 Great West) vs. No.25 Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Tuesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center(17,230)

Television - ESPN3

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin Leads 4-0 (1-0 in Madison)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 94-48, on Dec. 7, 1968 in Madison.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

11 Jordan Taylor (Junior Guard, 20.0 ppg)

21 Josh Gasser (Freshman Guard, 21.0 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Senior Forward, 1.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Senior Forward, 24.0 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Senior Forward, 2.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

2 Wquinton Smith (Senior Guard, 1.0 ppg)

5 Ryan Evans (Sophomore Forward, 2.0 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (Freshman Forward, 11.0 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (Sophomore Forward, 7.0 ppg)

North Dakota Probable Starters

11 Jamal Webb (Freshman Guard, 2.0 ppg)

23 Spencer Goodman (Sophomore Forward, 5.0 ppg)

31 Chris Clausen (Senior Guard, 5.0 ppg)

32 Josh Schuler (Freshman Guard, 7.0 ppg)

45 Patrick Mitchell (Junior Guard, 18.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

0 Aaron Anderson (Freshman Guard, 10.0 ppg)

2 Nick Haugen (Freshman Guard, 5.0 ppg)

5 Troy Huff, (Freshman Guard, 18.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

Leuer led the way with 24 points, Taylor added 20 and six assists and freshman Gasser opened his college career with 21 points and nine rebounds as the Badgers started their season with a 99-55 victory.

"It is the first game of the year," head coach Bo Ryan said. "We say the lights are on in exhibition games … but it's a little different, you have to play through some things."

The Badgers put some breathing room between themselves and the Panthers early in the second half with a 25-5 run that spanned 6 minutes, 15 seconds and put the result out of doubt.

Taylor scored nine during the run and Bruesewitz closed out the run with eight points sandwiched around a Taylor layup. Bruesewitz (two), Leuer and Taylor made threes during the spurt.

"I think the sky's the limit for our team, especially when we have guys like that coming out of the woodwork knocking down threes," Taylor said.

Series Notes:

The Badgers will be the first ranked foe the Fighting Sioux have played during their transition to the Division I level.

This will be the fifth meeting in the history of the two programs and the first since the 1968-69 season. The Badgers have won the previous four meetings, including a pair of tilts played in the 1930s.

North Dakota Notes:

The Fighting Sioux will play their first road game of the season on Tuesday at No. 24 Wisconsin. The Sioux are 2-2 under Jones in road openers. The two wins came against Minnesota, Crookston, 75-62, (Nov. 15, 2006) and UMKC, 61-56, (Nov. 14, 2008)

Junior Patrick Mitchell and freshman Troy Huff shared team-high scoring honors with 18 points in the victory over Waldorf. Mitchell went 7-for-8 from the floor and buried all four of his 3-point attempts.

Huff is a Milwaukee native and returns to his home state along with junior Dan Stockdale (Sheboygan). Huff expects at least 25 friends and family members to make the hour and a half drive over to the Kohl Center for the game.

The Huff name should sound familiar to some tenured Wisconsin fans. Troy's mother, Theresa Huff, is the school's all-time leading rebounder (1,201) and ranks fifth on the career scoring charts (1,879) points. She is also a member of UW's Athletic Hall of Fame.

UND head coach Brian Jones spent seven seasons at the University of Iowa before taking over the Fighting Sioux program in 2006. He paid six visits to the Kohl Center as an assistant coach and administrative assistant for the Hawkeyes from 1999-2006. Iowa posted a 1-5 record in Madison and a 4-10 mark overall against the Badgers while he was with the school.

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin's 99 points Sunday were the most the Badgers have scored in a game since a 98-40 win over Gardner-Webb on Dec. 27 2006.

Wisconsin's season high for offensive rebounds in a game last season was 17. The Badgers had 17 offensive rebounds in the first half Sunday, finishing with 24.

Leuer finished with 24 points - his ninth career 20-point game.

Before Smith, the last non-scholarship player to start a game for Wisconsin was Kevin Gullikson at Iowa on Jan. 21, 2009. The last four-year non-scholarship player to start for the Badgers was David Burkemper vs. Michigan on Feb. 27, 1999.

Worgull's Prediction

The key for Wisconsin today is how it will respond after playing just two days prior. It shouldn't be a problem for a team that has done so the last three NCAA Tournaments and still have fresh legs.

North Dakota won its home opener by 35 points and has a couple good Wisconsin players on its roster that will surely bring some good energy behind its bench. But after the performance we saw on Sunday, how can you not like the Badgers to win this basketball game handily? Wisconsin moves to 2-0 after a 30-point victory and prepares itself for a tough road test Saturday at UNLV.

Worgull's Record: 1-0

Points off Prediction: 16 (16 per game)


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