What: College of Charleston Cougars (9-1) at Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)
When: Saturday, January 3, 1:04 p.m.
Site: Kohl Center (17,142), Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: Wisconsin Radio Network, Fox Sports Net North
Series Notes: First ever meeting
The UW Badgers men's basketball team will be on the rebound, in more than one way, as they kick off 2004 on home turf Saturday afternoon.
After being outrebounded by 10 and losing on the road to Alabama Tuesday, coach Bo Ryan's team will look to bounce back and maintain their 20-game home winning streak as they host the College of Charleston.
The Badgers were jumped on right out of the gates versus Alabama. However, with the play of junior guard Devin Harris and his 15 first-half points, UW managed to stay close. A second-half Crimson Tide burst, though, and all-around solid shooting by ‘Bama doomed the Badgers as they lost 71-56.
Harris led all scorers with 22 points on 4 of 8 shooting from downtown and 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Senior center Dave Mader added four points and seven rebounds off the bench, but no Badger outside of Harris notched double-digits in points.
And for the second straight game, the Badgers will be without sophomore forward Alando Tucker as he has re-injured his right foot. Fortunately for the Badgers, they will be in their home arena as they take on the College of Charleston.
The Cougars are most recently coming off a tournament win in the 2003 Saturn Shootout with impressive victories over Bucknell and Long Island.
Coach Tom Herrion's group went the month of December undefeated and will look to carry their strong play into Madison on Saturday.