Preview: UMKC vs. No.11 Wisconsin

Limiting its first three opponents to a nation's –best 35.0 points per game, No.11 Wisconsin continues to look for its home dominance when it hosts struggling Missouri-Kansas City at the Kohl Center Tuesday night in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

UMKC (1-3, 0-0 Summit League) vs. No.11 Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Tuesday, November 22, 7 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,232)

Television - Big Ten Network (Eric Collins and Tim Doyle)

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

Series – First Meeting

Last Meeting – First Meeting

Wisconsin Probable Starters

5 Ryan Evans (Junior Forward, 11.0 ppg)

11 Jordan Taylor (Senior Guard, 8.0 ppg)

21 Josh Gasser (Sophomore Guard, 11.7 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (Junior Forward, 6.7 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (Junior Forward, 11.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

1 Ben Brust (Sophomore Guard, 13.3 ppg)

12 Traevon Jackson (Freshman Guard, 2.0 ppg)

33 Rob Wilson (Senior Guard, 5.3 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (Freshman Forward, 3.0 ppg)

Missouri-Kansas City Probable Starters

10 Reggie Chamberlain (Senior Guard, 17.8 ppg)

11 Estan Tyler (Freshman Guard, 6.5 ppg)

23 Trinty Hall (Sophomore Forward, 12.5 ppg)

30 Dustin Dibble (Senior Guard/Forward, 4.5 ppg)

44 Kirk Korver (Sophomore Forward/Center, 12.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

00 Nate Rodgers (Sophomore Forward, 3.0 ppg)

4 Bernard Kamwa (Senior Center, 6.0 ppg)

13 Thomas Staton (Junior Guard, 4.3 ppg)

Last Time Out

Gasser scored 16 points, hitting all four of his 3-pointers, as Wisconsin beat Wofford 69-33 on Saturday night.

"A lot of guys are knocking down shots. It leaves guys open," Gasser said. "I found myself open a couple of times and just knocked them down."

That's nothing new for Gasser. He is 9 of 10 from 3-point range on the season. But it didn't come so easily for the rest of the Badgers (3-0).

Wisconsin came in shooting 52 percent from 3-point range, but they often settled for outside shots early against Wofford (1-2). Going 2 of 9 from behind the arc to start the game, the Badgers led just 13-10 midway through the first half before starting to play more of an inside-outside game and beginning to pull away.

Gasser hit a 3-pointer to start a 19-2 run that closed the half, and Rob Wilson capped the spurt with another 3. But things started clicking when the Badgers began to do some more damage from the lane.

Drew Crowell's layup just before the buzzer finally ended the scoring drought for the Terriers.

"That zero is what I like seeing," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said of the run that was ended by Crowell's layup. "Our offense was generating from the defense."

Kevin Giltner hit a 3 early in the second half that cut Wisconsin's lead to 19, but the Terriers couldn't get any closer.

Giltner and Karl Cochran scored 10 points apiece to lead Wofford, which shot only 20 percent from the field in the first half.

Like the Badgers, Wofford struggled early from 3-point range. But the Terriers never found their stroke, shooting just 26 percent for the game, including 4 of 19 from 3-point range. Leading scorer Brad Loesing was 2 for 11, and the Terriers also couldn't match up inside.

Crowell, who started Wofford's first two games at forward, has been sick and came off the bench. He ended up with five points, half his season average, and the Terriers were outrebounded 43-22. Wofford also was outscored in the paint 34-12.

Series Notes:

The Badgers are 4-2 all-time vs. teams from the Summit League, with both losses coming to Oral Roberts in the 1970s. Wisconsin's most recent contest vs. a Summit League team came in a 75-46 win over IPFW during the 2009-10 season.

The Kangaroos and Badgers are meeting for the first time ever. The ‘Roos are 1-13 against current Big Ten opponents with its only win coming against Nebraska when it was a member of the Big 12. The last Big 10 opponent was at Northwestern on Dec. 15, 2008, losing 77-62. Matt Brown is 0-1 against Big Ten competition with the loss against Northwestern.

UMKC comes into the contest with a 0-10 mark against nationally ranked opponents. Last season the ‘Roos lost to both No. 3 Kansas and No. 11 Kansas State.

Wisconsin Notes

Including this season's 3-0 start, the Badgers have not lost a home non-conference game since Dec. 23, 2008 against No. 9 Texas - a streak of 18 straight wins. Overall, the Badgers have won nine straight regular-season non-conference games. In his 11 seasons, Bo Ryan's teams have amassed a record of 101-25 (80.2 percent) in regular-season nonconference games.

Last season, Wisconsin set a new NCAA single-season record by turning the ball over just 7.59 times per game (258 turnovers in 34 games). That figure broke the previous NCAA record of 7.72 (247 turnovers in 32 games) set by Temple in 2006. This year's team is out to challenge that record. UW again leads the nation, turning it over just 7.7 times per game.

Gasser is second on the team averaging 11.7 points per game. He is also pulling in 4.7 rebounds and dishing out 2.0 assists. Last year, Gasser tied a UW freshman record with 30 starts and averaged 5.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.2 assists. Gasser's 2.45 career assist-to-turnover ratio (81 assists, 33 turnovers) would rank third in the UW record book if he had enough assists to qualify (100 minimum).

The Badgers won 25 games in 2010-11, tying as the 3rd-winningest season in school history. Bo Ryan led teams own each of the top seven spots in the UW record book for single-season wins. Ryan's teams have won at least 20 games in eight of his 10 seasons at UW. Illinois (9) is the only Big Ten team to post more 20-win seasons since 2001-02.

UMKC Notes:

Chamberlain has scored 15+ three times, and comes off a 19-point effort at Utah Valley.

The Kangaroos have played three tough defensive teams this year, and as a result, their field goal percentage has struggled. They are shooting .395 overall, and .323 from behind the three-point line. In the last two games though, the ‘Roos upped the percentage, hitting 46.4 percent against the offensive-minded Mavericks of UNO, and 42.3 percent against Utah Valley.

All four of the Kangaroos games have been decided by 10 points or less, but they have come out on top only once during the stretch. UMKC has held the lead in the second half of every game as well.

The ‘Roos have hit only 59.4 percent from the foul line so far this season, while their opponents have hit 63.0 percent. Their season low came against Bradley, hitting only 38.9 percent from the line.

UMKC was selected to finish seventh in the Summit League Preseason Poll by the conference coaches SID's and media, receiving 221 points.


It's hard to argue with Wisconsin's first three games and the performances against three overmatched opponents. While the Badgers have been blasting away at inexperienced teams, three players have certainly stepped up and made a position impression.

Ryan Evans is the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the conference's top 10 in rebounds and assists (7th). Evans also ranks in the Big Ten's top 10 in steals, blocks and assist-to-turnover ratio. Against Wofford, Evans matched his career high with 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He also registered career highs with 5 assists and 3 blocks.

Jared Berggren has settled in to be an every day starter for the first time in his college career. Berggren is averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, having scored 11, 9 and 13 points in this season's three games. He had scored in double figures just once in his career prior to this season.

The one player everyone thought would be scoring in bunches this season is Jordan Taylor, the first team preseason All-American selection that averaged 18.1 points per game last season. Instead of being the igniter, Taylor has become the facilitator with getting new guys involved in the rotation. Through three games, Taylor has taken just 21 shots, but has 15 assists with only one turnover.

It's one of the reasons Wisconsin is shooting a Big Ten-best 47.9 percent from 3-point range on the season, a shooting percentage ranks that also ranks seventh in the nation.

Going back to what I said about UW playing inexperienced teams. The Kangaroos lost three of their top four scorers from last season, losses that add up to 63 percent of its total scoring from a year ago. As a result, UMKC has already lost at Bradley, at Utah Valley and home against NW Missouri State. Seriously? I think it's safe to congratulate Bo Ryan on his 246th victory at Wisconsin in what will probably go down as one of his easiest wins of his career. UW by 41.

Worgull's Record: 3-0

Points off Prediction: 42 (14.0 per game)

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