Preview: Illinois at No.21 Wisconsin

After losing four straight to the Illini, the Badgers have fixed their Illinois woes and look to win their third straight against their southern border rivals Thursday night.

Illinois Fighting Illini (8-7, 0-2 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8:00 p.m. CST

Arena – Kohl Center (17,190)

Television - ESPN (Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin, Erin Andrews)

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

Series – Illinois leads 106-70

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 53-41 on March 10, 2007 in Chicago

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 9.9 ppg - has scored in double figures in four of last six games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 13.6 ppg - averaging team-best 31.1 minutes)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 8.5 ppg - has started the last seven games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 13.7 ppg - second in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding (3.36 rpg.))

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.5 ppg - eighth in the Big Ten in assist-to- turnover ratio (1.95) )

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.9 ppg - played 39 minutes against Michigan)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 6.5 ppg - career-high 25 points at Michigan)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.9 ppg - leads team with 19 blocked shots)

Illinois Probable Starters

3 Chester Frazier (Junior Guard, 5.0 ppg)

25 Calvin Brock (Junior Guard, 7.7 ppg)

32 Demetri McCamey (Freshman Guard, 6.2 ppg)

42 Brian Randle (Senior Forward, 10.1 ppg)

55 Shaun Pruitt (Senior Center, 12.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

1 Trent Meacham (Junior Guard, 10.0 ppg)

23 Rodney Alexander (Junior Forward, 5.7 ppg)

54 Mike Tisdale (Freshman Center, 4.1 ppg)

Last Time Out

After being tied at 28 with 17 minutes left in the second half, UW used a 17-4 run over 8:41 to gain control of the game and beat the Hawkeyes 64-51 victory on Saturday.

Brian Butch led the Badgers with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 8-for-11 from the free throw line.

Game Notes:

Illinois leads the all-time series 106-70 over Wisconsin, but the Badgers lead 50-38 in games played in Madison. After four straight Illini wins in the series, the Badgers have won the last two match-ups. The Illini have been victorious in their last two trips to Madison, winning in 2005 and 2006. Illinois is the only Big?Ten school to defeat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center during Bo Ryan's tenure.

The teams will meet again in Champaign on Feb. 20.

Since the start of the 2001 Big Ten season, Bo Ryan's fi rst year at Wisconsin, both UW and Illinois have won 70 conference games. That is the most in the Big Ten over that time span.

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (53.9) and ranks second in fi eld goal percentage defense (.378). According to the Jan. 3 NCAA stats, UW was fi fth in the country in scoring D. In their 12 wins this season, the Badgers have limited opponents to 49.2 points per game on .364 shooting, including .297 from 3-point range.

Wisconsin is only the second team this season to record a road win over a top-10 team. Ironically Texas, which defeated No. 1 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 2, is the only other team to do so.

For the third season in a row, UW has won at least 12 of its fi rst 14 games. Last year, the Badgers did not lose their third game until Feb. 20 (starting 26-2) and they started the 2005- 06 season 14-2.

Illinois Notes:

Illinois faces its third ranked opponent this season on Thursday in No. 21 Wisconsin. Illinois is 0-2 vs. ranked opponents this season, falling to No. 13 Duke in Maui on?Nov. 20 (79-66) and No. 22 Arizona in Chicago on Dec. 8 (78-72, ot).

In five of its seven losses, Illinois has either led, been tied or trailed by no more than two points with less than two minutes remaining ... Illinois has led during the second half in four of its seven losses ... Five of Illinois' seven losses have been by eight points or less ... Illinois is 3-5 on the year in games decided by less than nine points.

Demetri McCamey is averaging 11.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field and 42.1 percent from 3-point range over the last four games.


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