Preview: Colgate vs. No.14 Wisconsin

After shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point range in the opener, No.14 Wisconsin looks to continue its hot shooting performance when it hosts Colgate at the Kohl Center Wednesday night.

Colgate (1-0, 0-0 Patriot League) vs. No.14 Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

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

Arena – Kohl Center (17,232)

Television - ESPN3 (Cory Provus and Dave Kaplan)

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

Series – First Meeting

Last Meeting – First Meeting

Wisconsin Probable Starters

5 Ryan Evans (Junior Forward, 13.0 ppg)

11 Jordan Taylor (Senior Guard, 11.0 ppg)

21 Josh Gasser (Sophomore Guard, 14.0 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (Junior Forward, 7.0 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (Junior Forward, 11.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

1 Ben Brust (Sophomore Guard, 14.0 ppg)

12 Traevon Jackson (Freshman Guard, 3.0 ppg)

33 Rob Wilson (Senior Guard, 3.0 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (Freshman Forward, 5.0 ppg)

Colgate Probable Starters

1 Nick Pascale (Senior Center, 7.1 ppg)

2 Mitch Rolls (Junior Guard, 8.4 ppg)

5 Pat Moore (Sophomore Guard, 5.3 ppg)

12 Mike Venezia (Senior Guard, 10.0 ppg)

33 Yaw Gyawu (Senior Forward, 12.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

3. J. Brandenburg (Junior Center, 2.7 ppg)

4 Chad Johnson (Sophomore Guard, 2.2 ppg)

21 Sterling Melville (Senior Forward, 5.7 ppg)

22 Brandon James (Junior Forward, 4.9 ppg)

Last Time Out

Brust and Gasser scored 14 points apiece, and No. 15 Wisconsin tied a team record with 15 3-pointers to easily dispatch Kennesaw State 85-31 on Saturday.

Evans had 13 points, and Berggren and preseason All-American Taylor each added 11 for the Badgers, who made seven of their first 10 attempts from beyond the arc.

Bruesewitz hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 16-0 run for the Badgers (1-0), who took control right from the start after Spencer Dixon banked in a 3 on Kennesaw's first possession.

The Owls (0-1) shot just 13 percent (3 of 23) in the first half as Wisconsin built a 41-8 lead. Markeith Cummings led Kennesaw State with 18 points, all but three in the second half.

The 31 points is the fewest Wisconsin has allowed since 1996.

Series Notes:

The Badgers own a perfect 4-0 all-time record vs. members of the Patriot League, most recently defeating Bucknell, 71-62, in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin is also 2-0 against Navy and 1-0 against Army.

Wisconsin Notes

The Badgers have led the Big Ten in scoring defense in three of the last four years and ranked in the nation's top 10 in seven of the past 10 seasons. UW got off to a suffocating start this season by limiting Kennesaw State to just 31 points (8 points in the first half) and 23.0 percent shooting.

Wisconsin knocked down 15-of-25 3-pointers in the season opener vs. Kennesaw State. The 15 treys marked the second-highest single game total in school history as eight different Badgers connected from downtown.

Kennesaw State shot just 13.0 percent (3-for-23) in the first half, which ranks as the third-lowest single-half shooting percentage for a Badger opponent. It is the lowest percentage since Minnesota shot 12.5 percent from the field in the first half on Jan. 10, 2006.

Berggren started his second career game in the season opener vs. Kennesaw State. He responded with 11 points and 3 rebounds, scoring in double figures for just the second time in his career.

Colgate Notes:

Venezia was named the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week, following his season-opening performance against Binghamton. Venezia made 6-of-12 shots, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, and hit all six free-throw attempts for a game-high 22 points. It matched the highest total for a Patriot League player on the season's opening week.

Last season, Gyawu became the 28th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club. Gyawu led Colgate in scoring with 12.6 points per game and enters his final season with 1,102 points which ranks 24th overall.

It was a tale of two halves for Colgate during the 2010-11 season. The Raiders began the season 0-11, the worst start for Colgate since the 1996-97 season, but the team responded by winning seven games on the second half of its schedule to finish 7-23 overall.


Settling into my seat at TCF Bank Stadium and curious as to the happenings in Madison, I click on to (mildly shameless plug) and thought there was a typo in the box score. A halftime score of 41-8? Bring back Stevens Point!

Season opening games are always a challenge to predict because of the amount of questions surrounding both teams. As it turns out, Kennesaw State was as bad and out-of-whack as its eight-win team a year ago, allowing Wisconsin to take advantage with its height in the paint and its ability to knock down the outside shot, a trait that was key in so many victories last season.

So how much of a challenge will a Raiders team provide after only winning seven games a year ago? My guess is some, but not much, as no team picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll should ever challenge a team picked to finish second in the Big Ten in any venue.

Like the Owls, Colgate is working on adjusting to a rookie head coach, as Matt Langel takes over the program after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2006-11). Langel does have the benefit of some experience with three seniors in the starting lineup and some fire power coming off the bench that a 50-point blowout doesn't seem in the cards.

When are we going to find out how good Wisconsin can really be by really getting challenged? North Carolina? Marquette? Next weekend in Chicago? Whenever it is, it won't be tonight.

Five players in double figures, shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point range shouldn't be expected every night, but it would make for a good story for Wisconsin, which has potential to be a very balanced, very talented ball club.

Colgate is 7-23 record over the last two years outside of the Patriot League. A team like that doesn't win in the Kohl Center, they lose by 28 points.

Worgull's Record: 1-0

Points off Prediction: 21 (21.0 per game)

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