Valpariaso at Wisconsin Preview

The 8-2 Wisconsin basketball team will take on its third-straight Horizon League opponent as the 10-1 Valpariaso Crusaders come to Madison on Saturday night.

Valpariaso (10-1, 2-0 Horizon League) at Wisconsin (8-2)

Date/Time - Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. CST

Arena – Kohl Center (17,190)

Television - Big Ten Network (Matt Delvin, Trent Tucker)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 2-0

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 90-73 on Dec. 14, 1995 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 9.7 ppg - shooting .520 from the field)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 15.2 ppg - averaging team-best 30.7 minutes)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.1 ppg - shooting .615 last four games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 13.3 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.4 ppg - played 32 minutes against Green Bay)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.3 ppg - leads team with 17 blocked shots)

Wisconsin-Green Bay Probable Starters

00 Urule Igbavboa (Junior Forward, 12.1 ppg)

35 Shawn Huff (Senior Guard, 12.1 ppg)

13 Samuel Haanpaa (Sophomore Guard, 11.3 ppg)

10 Brandon McPherson (Junior Guard, 8.4 ppg)

33 Jake Diebler (Junior Guard, 5.5 ppg)

Off the Bench

23 Jarryd Loyd (Senior Guard, 10.3 ppg)

44 Bryan Bouchie (Freshman Forward, 9.4 ppg)

11 Calum MacLeod (Senior Center, leads the team in blocks per game)

Last Time Out

UW used a 17-0 run over 8:26 of the first half to gain control in its 70-52 victory on Saturday against Green Bay. The Phoenix started the game making six of their nine shots, including all three of their 3-pointers, to grab a 15-7 lead 6:52 into the game. The Badgers turned up the defense after that, limiting Green Bay to just one field goal the rest of the half.

Game Notes:

This will be the third meeting between Wisconsin and Valparaiso with UW winning both previous meetings, defeating the Crusaders in 1994 and 1995, both in Madison

UW's Bo Ryan and Homer Drew of Valparaiso are two of the 17 active Division I head coaches with at least 500 career wins

Wisconsin Notes:

UW has done the majority of its damage down low this season. The Badgers are outscoring their opponents 364-210 in points in the paint and are shooting .512 (217-of-424) from 2-point range. Over the last five games, Wisconsin has averaged just 12.4 3-point attempts per game.

Both of UW's losses this season have come against teams ranked in the top 15. Against unranked teams this year the Badgers are 8-0 and outscoring their opponents by an average of 29.4 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, UW is 73-14 (.839) against unranked teams.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in both scoring defense (52.5) and field goal percentage defense (.364). Both those figures rank among the top 15 nationally, with UW ranking third in scoring defense and 11th in field goal percentage defense (rankings as of Dec. 16). In their eight wins this season, the Badgers have limited their opponents to 45.2 points per game on 33.8 percent shooting.

After shooting a combined .363 (45-of-124) from the field vs. Georgia and Duke, the Badgers have been on a hot streak. Over the last four games, UW is shooting .493 from the field. Senior guard Michael Flowers has led the way, making 16 of his 26 shots (.615) over that span.

Valpariaso Notes:

The Crusaders have won eight-straight games since dropping their only game of the year - a 87-78 defeat at Vanderbilt on Nov. 20.

Not only is this the best start by a Homer Drew-coached team at Valpo, it's also the best start since the Crusaders moved to Division I. The only better start in team history was the 1944-45 to find a Crusader team that won each of its first 11 games on the way to a 21-3 campaign.

Valpo returns eight of 11 players who took the court last season, including each of its top seven scorers. 93.6% of last year's scoring, 86.6% of last year's rebounding and 90.4% of last year's minutes played are back for the 2007-08 campaign, the highest returning percentage in each category among Horizon League squads.

Valpo ranks 10th in the nation with an average of 10.1 threes per game and its shooting percentage of 41.9 percent beyond the arc ranks 25th.

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