What: Wisconsin (5-7 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) v.
Illinois (7-7, 1-2)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Site: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: Live television broadcast in Madison on UPN 14, live radio broadcast on WIBA 1310 AM, tape-delayed television broadcast at 11 p.m., Wisconsin Public Television. www.uwbadgers.com will stream the game live.
Series Notes: The Illini lead the all-time series 25-20. Wisconsin, though, leads the series 15-6 in Madison. The teams split last season, with Wisconsin losing 73-56 at Illinois and winning 69-59 at home.
- The matchup to watch pits 6-foot-3 Wisconsin forward Ebba Gebisa against Illinois' scoring leader, 5-9 guard/forward Angelina Williams. With star Aminata Yanni out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered Jan. 8, the Fighting Illini's primary offensive weapon is Williams. Gebisa, though, is fresh off a strong performance against Penn State dynamo Kelly Mazzante and her long reach and strong defensive play could inhibit Illinois.
- As usual, Wisconsin will boast a significant frontcourt height advantage. Illinois, though, has been a stronger rebounding team then the Badgers (a +4.4 margin compared to a +3.5 margin). The Illini are led in this department by senior forward/center Cindy Dallas, a strong post presence who has 26 career double-doubles to her credit is very nearly averaging a double-double this season. She will present a staunch challenge for Wisconsin senior centers Emily Ashbaugh and Lello Gebisa.
- It is no secret that Wisconsin's offense could use some work. The Badgers turnover problems have carried over from last season; Wisconsin is ninth in the conference in turnover margin (-2.86 per game), tenth in scoring average (57.2) and last in field goal percentage. The Illini's offensive has been a little more prolific, but they too have had trouble hanging onto the ball, with 18.1 turnovers per game (-0.07 margin). The Badgers' defense, meanwhile, is holding opponents to the same 39 percent shooting that UW's offense is producing.