Breaking Down the Old Spice Classic

With this season marking the third-consecutive year that the Badgers have played in a holiday tournament, Badger Nation breaks down the field.

Boston College (2-1)

Conference: ACC

Series vs. Wisconsin: UW leads 3-2

Last Meeting: Boston College won, 74-72, on Dec. 27, 1985 in Tucson, Ariz.

Top Player: Junior Guard Reggie Jackson, 23.5 ppg

Key Stat: Boston College is averaging only 32.7 rpg, 277th in the country

Fact: Boston College is coached by Steve Donahue, who is in his first season with the Eagles after spending the last 10 seasons as the head coach at Cornell. He led the Big Red to three consecutive Ivy League titles (2008-10) and a trip to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16 by beating UW 87-69 … All five meetings in this series has come on neutral courts.

California (2-0)

Conference: Pac 10

Series vs. Wisconsin: Cal leads 5-2

Last Meeting: Wisconsin won, 66-63, on Dec. 29, 1986 in Honolulu

Top Player: Junior Guard Jorge Gutierrez, 19.0 ppg Key Stat: Cal's offense got things rolling after halftime in both of its first two games. After scoring 36 and 38 points in the first half, the Bears came out in the second half and posted 44 and 51 points to turn the close games into decisive victories.

Fact: Boasting a youthful team this season with five true freshmen, the Bears have relied on their newcomers right away. Guard Gary Franklin scored 16 points against the Lobos, drilling four of the 10 three-point attempts that he took. Guard Allen Crabbe grabbed five rebounds and swatted two blocks against New Mexico, after scoring eight points against Cal State Northridge. Forward Richard Solomon is shooting 6-for-8 on the season (14 points), and snagged four rebounds in each of the first two games.

Georgia (3-0)

Conference: SEC

Series vs. Wisconsin: Series tied 2-2

Last Meeting: Wisconsin won, 68-49, on Nov. 24, 2007 in Madison

Top Player: Junior Guard Travis Leslie, 18 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Key Stat: Georgia snapped its 11-game road losing streak by erasing a 14-point deficit to win at St. Louis on Saturday.

Fact: 6-foot-10 junior forward Trey Thompkins - who is Georgia's leading returning scorer (17.7 points per game) and rebounder (8.3 per game) and was named the Southeastern Conference's preseason player of the year - has not practiced this week and is doubtful for this weekend.

Manhattan (2-1)

Conference: MAAC

Series vs. Wisconsin: UW leads 2-0

Last Meeting: Wisconsin won, 55-42, on March 13, 1996 in the first round of the NIT in Madison

Top Player: Sophomore Guard George Beamon, 16.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg

Key Stat: The Japsers rank 148th or worse in the country in field goal percentage (44.7 percent - 148th), rebounds per game (36.7 – 176th), points per game (71.3 – 178th) and assists per game (8.7 – 331st).

Fact: Manhattan has four wins over Big Ten opponents (against Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State) but hasn't beaten a Big Ten foe since upending the Wolverines in Madison Square Garden in the 1972-73 season.

Notre Dame (4-0)

Conference: Big East

Series vs. Wisconsin: ND leads 17-10

Last Meeting: Notre Dame won, 57-56, on Dec. 11, 1968 in South Bend

Top Player: Senior Guard Ben Hansbrough, 18 ppg, 5.8 apg

Key Stat: In three of four games, the Fighting Irish have scored over 97 points are averaging 92.3 ppg, fifth in the country.

Fact: Senior Tim Abromaitis broke out of his 4-for-24 three-point shooting slump against Maine Monday, scoring 26 points. The senior tallied 17 of his points in a perfect first half when he went 5-5 from the field (including three 3-pointers and 4-4 from the free-throw line.

No.21 Temple (2-0)

Conference: Atlantic 10

Series vs. Wisconsin: UW leads 6-2

Last Meeting: Wisconsin won, 80-67, on Jan. 2, 2003 in Madison

Top Player: Junior Center Michael Eric, 11 ppg, 7.5 rpg

Key Stat: After opening with wins over Seton Hall and Toledo in three days, the Owls have 11 days off before playing California.

Fact: Ramone Moore was the Atlantic 10's sixth man of the year last season and has quickly found his niche in the starting lineup. He led the Owls with 14 points in the season-opening win against Seton Hall and scored nine in the first half against Toledo. Moore's been solid with his shot, 12 for 23 in the first two games.

Texas A&M (3-0)

Conference: Big 12

Series vs. Wisconsin: UW leads 1-0

Last Meeting: Wisconsin won, 71-69, on Dec. 28, 1984 in Madison

Top Player: Senior Forward Nathan Walkup, 14.7 ppg, 66.7 fg percent, 6.0 rpg

Key Stat: Texas A&M is 9-2 under Coach Mark Turgeon in preseason tournament play.

Fact: The Aggies have won 7 of their last 10 games away from Reed Arena dating back to early February of last season. A&M's losses in that stretch came at No. 24 Baylor (70-66), against No. 1 Kansas in the Big 12 semifinals in Kansas City (79-66), and in overtime to No. 10 Purdue in the NCAA Second Round in Spokane (63-61).

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