Breakdown: Nebraska at No.17 Wisconsin

Looking for 20 wins for the 10th time in Bo Ryan's 12 seasons, No.17 Wisconsin has a chance to move in a tie for second place in the Big Ten with a victory over Nebraska Tuesday night at the Kohl center.

Nebraska (13-14, 4-10 Big Ten) No.17 Wisconsin (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten)

Date/Time -Tuesday, February 26, 8 p.m. Central

Arena –Kohl Center (17,249)

Television - Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine and Shon Morris)

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

Series – Nebraska leads 10-9 (Wisconsin leads 5-2 in Madison)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 47-41, on January 6, 2013 in Lincoln

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Ben Brust (6-1 Junior Guard, 11.3 ppg)

5 Ryan Evans (6-6 Senior Forward, 10.3 ppg)

12 Traevon Jackson (6-2 Sophomore Guard, 6.4 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (6-6 Senior Forward, 6.9 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (6-10 Senior Forward, 11.9 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 George Marshall (5-11 Freshman Guard, 4.6 ppg)

15 Sam Dekker (6-7 Freshman Forward, 9.2 ppg)

32 Zak Showalter (6-2 Freshman Guard, 1.9 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (6-11 Sophomore Forward, 4.6 ppg)

Nebraska Probable Starters

2 David Rivers (6-7 Sophomore Guard, 6.1 ppg)

13 Brandon Ubel (6-10 Senior Forward, 11.4 ppg)

15 Ray Gallegos (6-2 Junior Guard, 12.5 ppg)

24 Dylan Talley (6-5 Senior Guard, 14.0 ppg)

31 Shavon Shields (6-6 Freshman Guard, 8.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 Benny Parker (5-9 Freshman Guard, 2.9 ppg)

32 Andre Almeida (6-11 Senior Center, 4.9 ppg)

Last Time Out

EVANSTON, Ill.(BadgerNation) - Nineteenth-ranked Wisconsin followed protocol on Wednesday night, as its dominant wire-to-wire 69-41 victory over Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena might suggest.

Five players scored at least eight points, including 12 points and eight rebounds each from Jared Berggren and Ben Brust, as Wisconsin (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) shot 46.0 percent from the floor to clinch a winning conference record for the 13th straight season, the second-longest streak among the six major conferences.

More importantly, the Badgers stayed two games behind No.1 Indiana with four games remaining, only one of which comes against a team (at No.4 Michigan State March 7) with a winning record.

Freshman Sam Dekker scored 10 on 4-for-5 shooting while Frank Kaminsky and Jackson added eight, as Wisconsin earned its biggest road victory of the season by whipping and throttling Northwestern (13-14, 4-10) for the sixth straight time. It was a game that was over quickly, much to the delight of the 7,011 fans that were mostly decked in red.

In much the same dominance Wisconsin exerted in the first half Sunday against Ohio State, unleashing an 18-0 run to bury the Buckeyes, the Badgers' 9-0 start to open the game set the tone for what was a one-sided affair.

"I said it in the huddle we got to make sure we step on their throats early, can't let them hang around," said Bruesewitz. "If we do, it was going to be a dog fight."

With the Wildcats not having any player over 6-8 in its starting lineup, Wisconsin's height advantage allowed Berggren to score eight of UW's 28 points in the paint and the Badgers to get 16 second-chance points off 15 offensive rebounds. Jackson said the emphasis from the start was to attack the post, and his five assists to one turnover was part of the offense's catalyst.

"This was a big game to get everybody the ball and continue to give guys looks, just to keep their confidence up," said Jackson, who has nine assists to three turnovers the last two games. "I kept telling guys to keep being aggressive."

The work on the glass echoed that physicality, outrebounded Northwestern 47-22 overall, including a 23-8 margin in the first half. In the first 20 minutes, Wisconsin held the Wildcats without a single second-chance point or basket in the paint.

Other than Northwestern hitting 8 of 24 3-pointers, Northwestern managed only six points in the paint and five second-chance opportunities, resulting in a measly two points.

Last Meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -Jared Berggren scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, Ryan Evans had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and Wisconsin held Nebraska to one basket over the last 6:19 in a 47-41 victory Sunday.

The Badgers (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten) won their fifth game in a row and held their ninth straight opponent to 60 points or fewer.The Huskers (9-6, 0-2), coming off a 70-44 loss at Ohio State in their conference opener, have averaged just 42 points the last four meetings with the Badgers.

Berggren missed all four of his first-half shots but made six in a row to start the second half as the Badgers asserted themselves inside.

Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley scored 12 points apiece and Brandon Ubel added 10 for the Huskers. Ubel hit a 3-pointer for Nebraska's only basket after Gallegos had given the Huskers a 38-37 lead with 6:19 left.

Series Notes:

Wisconsin and Nebraska have played 20 games in a series dating back to 1904.

Wisconsin swept the season series with Nebraska last season in the Huskers' first season in the Big Ten. UW defeated Nebraska 64-40 in the Big Ten opener (12/27/11) and 50-45 at the Kohl Center (1/15/12).

UW is 5-2 in games played in Madison, with all but last season's meeting taking place prior to 1984.

During the Badgers' 4-game win streak over NU, the Huskers have averaged just 41.8 ppg, having never scored more than 45 in that span.

In three games vs. Nebraska, Evans has averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds, including a career-high 22 points at Nebraska (12/27/11) and a double-double 10 points and 15 rebounds vs. NU earlier this season (1/6).

Miles' is 1-0 in the Kohl Center, as he brought his North Dakota State team to Madison on Jan. 21, 2006, and upset the Badgers, 62-55. It is one of only seven non-conference home losses in Bo Ryan's tenure.

Wisconsin Notes

Wisconsin boasts one of the country's more impressive resumes, having played the 2nd-toughest schedule in the nation according to the Sagarin Ratings. UW has 5 wins over AP top-15 teams, including then-No. 2 Indiana and No. 4 Michigan. IU (6) is the nation's only team with more top-25 wins than UW.

Over Bo Ryan's 12 seasons, Wisconsin has gone 78-26 (.750) in regular- season games played on Feb. 1 or later. Over the last 5 years, Wisconsin has gone 32-10 (.762) in regular-season games in February and March, the top mark in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin clinched a winning record in Big Ten play for the 13th-consecutive season, the second-longest active streak among BCS teams (Kansas, 23). Bo Ryan's .710 (142-58) win percentage in Big Ten games is the best mark of any coach in conference history, and his teams have never finished lower than 4th in the conference standings

Berggren is on the verge of becoming Wisconsin's all-time blocks leader. With 122 career swats, Berggren needs just 3 more blocks to pass Rashard Griffith for the school record. Berggren leads Wisconsin in scoring (11.9 ppg) and ranks 2nd in rebounding (7.0 rpg).

Dekker has scored in double figures in 4 straight games and is 5th in the conference, shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range. His 8.6 scoring average in Big Ten play is 2nd among the conference's Sixth Man candidates.

UW is 16-0 when shooting a better FG% than its opponents and 3-8 when the opponent shoots the same or better. The Badgers have won 88 of their last 89 games when owning the better FG percentage, including 19 consecutive such wins. Wisconsin's only loss since 2009 when shooting a higher FG% was a 67-66 loss at Iowa (2/23/12).

Nebraska Notes:

No. 17 Wisconsin will be the ninth ranked opponent Nebraska has faced this season, which is the Huskers' highest total since the 1996-97 season. Eight of Nebraska's 14 losses are to ranked teams.

The Huskers picked up their 13th win of the season last Saturday against Iowa on Saturday, topping NU's total for the 2011-12 season. Nebraska's win against the Hawkeyes was also its fourth Big Ten win, matching last year's season total.

Under Tim Miles, one thing the Huskers have done well is cut down on the number of turnovers. Despite losing its top three point guards from last year and losing its backup point guard to a season-ending injury, Nebraska is fourth in the Big Ten and in the 14th nationally with 10.9 turnovers per game - two fewer per game than last season - and has committed 10 turnovers or less 12 times this season.

Nebraska has three players averaging at least 11.4 points per game, which would mark the first time that the Huskers have had three players average double figures in a season since 2005-06. When Nebraska has three or more players in double figures, the Huskers are 11-4 following Saturday's win over Iowa, but are just 2-10 when not putting at least three players in double figures.

While NU's offense has been in transition, the Huskers have done a good job slowing tempo and controlling things on the defensive end, as the Huskers are seventh in the Big Ten in scoring defense at 62.7 point per game. NU has held 21 of its 27 foes under their 2012-13 scoring averages. Only seven teams have scored 70 against the Huskers this season, as Minnesota's 84 points on Jan. 29 were a season high against the Huskers.


With four new starters from last season and an eight-player rotation which includes only three players who saw action last season, there have been some bumps along the way with the Huskers installing a new offensive system under Tim Miles.

There are still bumps in the road, but the Cornhuskers victory on Saturday over Iowa shows the pavement is starting to smooth out. Coming back from 19 points down to stun the Hawkeyes, it was Nebraska's third-largest comeback on record. Prior to Saturday, the largest deficit the Huskers had overcome this season was seven points.

Seven times in the last 13 games, Nebraska has been within two possessions in the final seven minutes of a game, including four times against ranked teams. Nebraska is 5-0 on the season in games decided by five points or less after going 4-3 in games decided by five points or less last season.

Against Iowa, the Huskers trailed by five with six minutes left, but closed the game on a 14-5 run to pick up the win.

"We just played with more energy," said Ubel. "At half time we looked ourselves in our mirror. Everyone in the locker room said we looked slow, we looked like we weren't into it."

Talley led Nebraska with 18 points and has scored 16 or more points in each of the last four games, but Shields won his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Shields finished with 17 points, scoring 12 of them in the second half of the Huskers' 19-point comeback. He also pulled down seven rebounds.

Shields is averaging 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, including 18.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg over the Huskers last two contests.

"It was probably one of the most fun games I have ever played," said Shields. "The way we came out in the second half and the way the crowd got into it made it so fun. It was a great atmosphere"

Nebraska doesn't rotate a lot of players and didn't substitute in the second half against Iowa, meaning its starters played 188 of a possible 200 minutes. Gallegos is averaging a league-leading 38.8 minutes per game in conference play. With all those minuets, one has to wonder if only two days off and little prep time is going to help or hurt the Huskers?

Nebraska is 11-3 when scoring at least 60 points. Wisconsin is allowing 55.7 points per game which leads the Big Ten and 9th nationally, and held 10 of its 14 conference opponents below 60. From a defensive efficiency standpoint, Wisconsin leads the conference allowing just 0.90 points per possession during Big Ten play.

During conference play, Wisconsin is sweeping the top spot in the major defensive categories. UW leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (55.1 ppg), FG percent defense (.387), 3-point FG percent defense (.271) and defensive rebounding percentage (.738).

Nebraska's only win on the road against a ranked squad since 1999-2000 came over No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008. Miles does own the biggest upset in Kohl Center history, but this is a better Wisconsin team the one from seven years ago. A competitive game goes to the Badgers – a 14-point victory.

Worgull's Record: 17-10

Points off Prediction: 295 (10.93 per game)

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