Date/Time -Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. Central
Arena –Kohl Center (17,249)
Television -Big Ten Network (Cory Provus and Mike Kelley)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Phil Dawson and Andy North)
Series – Oral Roberts leads 2-0 (Wisconsin leads 2-0 in Madison)
Last Meeting – Oral Roberts won, 102-69, on December 29, 1978 in Madison
Wisconsin Probable Starters
1 Ben Brust (6-1 Senior Guard, 12.6 ppg)
12 Traevon Jackson (6-2 Junior Guard, 11.8 ppg)
15 Sam Dekker (6-8 Sophomore Forward, 15.6 ppg)
21 Josh Gasser (6-3 Junior Guard, 9.8 ppg)
44 Frank Kaminsky (7-0 Junior Forward, 16.6 ppg)
Off the Bench
3 George Marshall (5-11 Sophomore Guard, 2.0 ppg)
10 Nigel Hayes (6-7 Freshman Forward, 4.8 ppg)
13 Duje Dukan (6-9 Junior Forward, 4.6 ppg)
24 Bronson Koenig (6-3 Freshman Guard, 5.0 ppg)
Oral Roberts Probable Starters
1 Bobby Word (6-1 Freshman Guard, 0.7 ppg)
11 Shawn Glover (6-7 Senior Forward, 18.3 ppg)
12 D.J. Jackson (6-0 Sophomore Guard, 9.3 ppg)
24 Korey Billbury (6-3 Sophomore Guard, 10.0 ppg)
31 Jordan Kaufman (7-0 Sophomore Center, 3.3 ppg)
Off the Bench
0 Jabarr Singleton (6-4 Freshman Guard, 1.5 ppg)
5 Brandon Conley (6-10 Sophomore Center, 4.0 ppg)
Last Time Out
MADISON - Three of the faces in Wisconsin's basketball program – Ben Brust, Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser - addressed the media following the Badgers' first comfortable victory of the season, but the tone was far from celebratory.
For a team with high expectations and aspirations to win the Big Ten, a 24-point win the third week of November doesn't appear to have the same type of meaning it did in previous years.
"I definitely don't think we're happy at all with our defensive performance," said Gasser following No.12 Wisconsin's 88-64 victory over Bowling Green. "Sixty-four (points) is still too much; too many points in the paint; too many uncontested layups. Easy buckets we're not accustomed to giving up. We're still working through some things. I think it's better than last game, but not where we want to be."
It might not be where Wisconsin (5-0) hopes to be when conference play begins January 3, or even when it hits the court Saturday looking to equal the best start of the Bo Ryan era, but it certainly appeared it was a step in the right direction.
Wisconsin finally knows what it feels like to build and sustain a lead throughout the second half, leading by as many as 25 points and leading by double-digits the final 24-plus minutes.
Led by Brust's 19 points, Wisconsin put six players in double figures for the first time since Dec.28 1995 vs. Eastern Illinois and are now averaging 81.0 points per game after scoring 88-or-more points in consecutive games for the first time since November 2005.
Wisconsin also finished 12-for-20 from 3-point range (60.0 percent) and has shot 45 percent or better from deep in four of five games.
"They're just a tough team to cover," said Bowling Green coach Louis Orr. "I don't think we'll play a more versatile offensive team all year than Wisconsin."
After getting gashed defensively the last two games, the Badgers turned in a better defensive effort. Wisconsin held the Falcons (1-2) to 44.4 percent shooting (28 of 63) from the floor, 11.1 percent from 3-point range (1-for-9) and 0.97 points per possession, far from the poor effort Gasser' eluded to.
While allowing 42 points in the paint, Wisconsin didn't allow a shooter to score over 30 points for the first time in three games, as the Falcons were led by Spencer Parker's 17 points.
The Golden Eagles topped the Badgers 90-76 in Tulsa on their home campus in 1972 and then defeated UW 102-69 in Madison in 1978.
Wisconsin is 3-2 all-time against members of the Southland Conference. The Badgers' most recent match up with the conference was an 87-47 season- opening win over Southeastern Louisiana last year.
The Badgers are off to a 5-0 start for just the third time in the Bo Ryan era. With wins over St. John's and Florida, Wisconsin owns 2 of the Big Ten's 5 total wins over teams from the ‘Power 6' conferences. Wisconsin is also the only Big Ten team with multiple road or neutral wins in 2013-14, having defeated St. John's in a neutral setting and winning at Green Bay.
UW is averaging 81.0 points per game, up from 65.0 a year ago and shooting a Big Ten-best 48.5 percent from 3-point range as a team. The Badgers shot just 33.0 percent from long range a year ago.
Sophomore Sam Dekker has been named to the preseason Top-50 lists of both the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards. Dekker has scored in double figures in every game this season, averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds while shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range.
Four different players have led the Badgers in scoring through 5 games this season.
Wisconsin is off to a 5-0 start for the 2nd time in the last 3 years and just the 3rd time in Bo Ryan's 13 seasons. The Badgers' last 5-0 start came in 2011-12 season when UW opened the year 6-0.
Oral Roberts Notes
The Golden Eagles haven't beaten an AP Top 25 since beating No. 8 Xavier 64-42 on Dec. 18, 2011.
ORU hit 10-15 (66.7 percent) 3-point attempts on Saturday in a victory over Texas State. That mark came after starting the season a combined 2-17 in the first two games.
Obi Emegano was off to blazing start (62.1 percent shooting , 23.3 scoring average) in first three ORU games, leading the team in scoring each game, and started off 3-for-3 against St. Louis, but there's fear that he could have a torn ACL.
Picked to finish second in the Southland, Oral Roberts represents the fifth opponent the Badgers have faced this season which has either been picked to finish first, second or received first-place vote in the preseason. Unfortunately, this won't be the same type of test that a Florida or a Green Bay will provide with Emegano likely missing the game.
Without him for most of the game, turnovers plagued the Golden Eagles throughout Thursday's loss at St. Louis, turning it over 18 times, while forcing just six SLU turnovers. Oral Roberts' shot also left them. After shooting 56 percent (13-23) in the first half, ORU hit just 30 percent (9-30) in the second half, while SLU had the opposite trend, moving from 31 percent (11-35) to 53 percent (16-30).
With the balance and talent of a Wisconsin, especially playing at home, don't be surprised if Wisconsin can register a 26-point victory tonight.
Worgull's Record: 4-1
Points off Prediction: 40 (8.0 per game)