Preview: Presbyterian vs. Wisconsin

Rebounding from its first loss to cruise to an easy victory over Cornell, Wisconsin is back on the court two days later to take on Presbyterian in the Las Vegas Invitational at the Kohl Center.

Presbyterian (0-3, 0-0 Southland) at Wisconsin (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Tuesday, November 20, 7 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,249)

Television - None

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

Series – First Meeting

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Ben Brust (6-1 Junior Guard, 12.7 ppg)

3 George Marshall (5-11 Freshman Guard, 5.3 ppg)

5 Ryan Evans (6-6 Senior Forward, 9.3 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (6-6 Senior Forward, 6.0 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (6-10 Senior Forward, 16.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

12 Traevon Jackson (6-2 Sophomore Guard, 6.0 ppg)

15 Sam Dekker (6-7 Freshman Forward, 8.7 ppg)

32 Zak Showalter (6-2 Freshman Guard, 2.3 ppg)

34 Zach Bohannon (6-8 Junior Forward, 1.7 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (6-11 Sophomore Forward, 3.3 ppg)

Presbyterian Probable Starters

1 Joshua Clyburn (6-8 Junior Forward, 10.0 ppg)

4 Austin Anderson (6-5 Freshman Guard, 5.3 ppg)

13 William Truss (6-7 Sophomore Forward, 4.0 ppg)

21 Jordan Downing (6-5 Sophomore Guard, 12.7 ppg)

24 Khalid Mutakabbur (6-4 Senior Guard, 9.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

20 Ryan McTavish (6-5 Sophomore Guard, 5.3 ppg)

44 Jake Campbell (7-0 Sophomore Center, 0.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

MADISON (AP) - After a dismal performance on defense in its last game, Wisconsin turned up the pressure against Cornell.

The 22nd-ranked Badgers had allowed Florida to shoot 62 percent from the field in a loss on Wednesday, they no such problems in Sunday's 73-40 win over the Big Red.

''What we did do a good job of was chesting up and not leaving our feet and not getting out of position, and that accounts for the shooting percentage of the other team, Cornell,'' said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. ''I thought we stuck to our rules a little better.''

The Big Red (1-3) started just 1 of 11 and Cornell found itself down 27-8 with just less than 8 minutes to go in the first half. Cornell then went to a trapping defense that had some success in forcing Wisconsin (2-1) turnovers and picking up the pace of the game as the Big Red cut it to 27-14.

But the pressing defense also left Wisconsin shooters open, and the Badgers hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions. A Sam Dekker steal and dunk on the breakaway pushed the lead to 38-16 with just more than 3 minutes left in the first half, and Wisconsin largely cruised from there.

''That kind of broke our backs a little bit right in the beginning of the game,'' said Cornell coach Bill Courtney. ''Our guys continued to fight, but I think we were just a little bit overmatched tonight.''

It was a struggle offensively most of the night for Cornell, which was led by Devin Cherry with 13 points. Cornell ended up shooting just 26 percent and was outrebounded 54-31, the most boards a Wisconsin team has turned in under Ryan.

Meanwhile, 6-foot-1 guard Ben Brust turned in a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Jared Berggren scored 18 and Ryan Evans had a double-double of his own with 12 points and 10 boards.

Series Notes:

The Badgers are a perfect 5-0 against members of the Big South Conference, with three of those wins coming in the Bo Ryan era.

The game will mark the fourth Big Ten opponent the Blue Hose have faced since moving to Division I in 2007. Presbyterian is 0-3 against the conference.

Wisconsin Notes

Taking an early loss away from home as UW did Wednesday at No. 10 Florida is no reason for panic for the Badgers. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Wisconsin lost by double digits at Duke, vs. UConn and vs. Gonzaga early in the season, only to recover and win 20-plus games all three seasons. In fact, following an 82-58 loss at No. 7 Duke in 2007, UW went on to post a school-record 31 wins, a Big Ten championship and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

As a team, the Badgers have posted three double-doubles in three games this season, with junior Ben Brust accounting for two and Ryan Evans having one. Brust has registered the first two of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds vs. SE La. and 18 points, 12 rebounds vs. Cornell. Evans scored 12 points with 10 rebounds vs. Cornell. UW had a total of four double-doubles all of last season.

Presbyterian Notes:

Located in Clinton, S.C., Presbyterian, who moved up to the NCAA Division 1 level in 2007, will get to play during the month of March for the first time in its Division I history this season.

With the loss of four starters from last year's team, the Blue Hose were picked to finish sixth in the South Division.

The game will mark the 12th nationally ranked opponent the Blue Hose have faced since their move to Division I and the second in a row. The Blue Hose lost 87-58 to Creighton (Wisconsin's Friday opponent) on Sunday.

Presbyterian has faced a total of 11 nationally ranked opponents since moving to Division I. Presbyterian is 1-10 over ranked opponents, the lone win a 56-54 win over then No.20 Cincinnati last season.

The Blue Hose enter the 2012-13 season with huge gaps to fill with the departure of PC's Division I leader in scoring, blocking, stealing and rebounding in Al'Lonzo Coleman and fellow top five career scorers in Josh Johnson and Pierre Miller. Johnson finished his PC career second in rebounds while Miller finished tops in career assists


Playing four games in seven days, Wisconsin first two games appear to hardly be threatening. Still, the Badgers can't take anything for granted with the youth that UW needs to rely on at the guard position. Ben Brust has been a rock thus far – his scoring and rebounding numbers back that up – but UW needs more from George Marshall and Traevon Jackson.

Both players have been frustrated by the press at times and thrown into the deep end of the pool with the injury to Josh Gasser. Games like this will help get them more experience. Defensively, Wisconsin showed better effort and poise against the Big Red than it did against the Gators. Part of it is the level of caliber of the opponent, as Wisconsin can get away with some things it can't against elite teams, but some of it was a better effort put on defense in challenging shooters and shutting down scoring lanes.

"We actually got them to miss shots compared to Florida," Brust said. "There wasn't a lot of opportunities for rebounds (against Florida) because we didn't force them into enough tough shots."

A prime defensive effort won't be needed tonight, but it certainly will be expected with Wisconsin facing a tough back-to-back stretch in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday.

Presbyterian lost 58.8 percent of the 1,889 total points scored last season. Of the 778 remaining points scored last season, 398 were scored by Khalid Mutakabbir Shut it down, and the Blue Hose are, well, hosed.

UW has won 25 of its last 26 home games against non-conference opponents by an average margin of 28.6 points per game. Presbyterian has lost all three games lifetime against the Big Ten conference by an average of 42.6 points per game and has lost its three games this season – all against BCS or ranked schools – by 22 points.

If Wisconsin plays with the same lockdown effort on defense it did on Sunday and makes some shots, the Badgers will cruise by 31 points.

Worgull's Record: 3-0

Points off Prediction: 24 (8.0 per game)

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