Preview: No.17 Wisconsin at Penn State

Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Badgers look to win their third-straight road game Tuesday night when No.17 Wisconsin travels east to Penn State.

No.17 Wisconsin Badgers (13-2, 3-0 Big Ten) at Penn State Nittany Lions (10-5, 2-1 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m. CST

Arena – Bryce Jordan Center (17,190)

Television - Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine, Jimmy Jackson)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 19-8

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 75-49 on February 17, 2007 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 9.9 ppg - averaging 11.3 points over last seven games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 14.2 ppg - 22 points, five assists and six steals vs. Illinois)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 8.1 ppg - has started the last eight games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 13.9 ppg - averaging 16.5 points over last four games)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.5 ppg - eighth in the Big Ten in assist-to- turnover ratio (2.04) )

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.9 ppg - averaging 29.7 minutes over last six games)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 6.2 ppg - career-high 25 points at Michigan)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.8 ppg - leads team with 20 blocked shots)

Penn State Probable Starters

5 Geary Claxton (Senior Guard/Forward - 18.7 ppg)

2 Jamelle Cornley (Junior Forward - 12.0 ppg)

33 Danny Morrissey (Junior Guard - 8.4 ppg)

12 Talor Battle (Freshman Guard - 8.3 ppg)

22 Andrew Jones (Sophomore Forward - 3.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

4 Mike Walker (Senior Guard - 6.0 ppg)

15 David Jackson (Freshman Forward - 5.4 ppg)

11 Stanley Pringle (Junior Guard - 5.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

After shooting just 2-for-7 from three-point range in the first half and Illinois cutting the lead from 10 to only three with just over eight minutes left in the contest, the Badger back court got the message and, for the time being, found the shooting touch.

Wide open in front of the Badger bench, sophomore Jason Bohannon, who had missed six of his last seven three attempts, drained the bucket to give the Badgers some breathing room. Followed by a steal by Hughes on the defensive end, Trevon wasted no time in completing the play by knocking down a three of his own from the top of the key.

Suddenly, a slim 44-41 lead swelled to a comfortable nine-point working margin and Illinois never threatened again, as Wisconsin beat Illinois for the first time in Madison since 2004 by the score of 70-60.

Series Notes:

This will be the 28th meeting between Wisconsin and Penn State with UW leading the all-time series between the teams 19-8, including 7-6 in University Park

The Badgers have won six straight against PSU, including three in a row on the road, with their average margin of victory in those six wins is 22.8 points

UW is 8-2 against Penn State under Bo Ryan with the two losses (January 2002, February 2003) coming by a combined three points

Wisconsin Notes:

Since the start of the 2001 Big Ten season, Bo Ryan's fi rst year at Wisconsin, UW has won 71 conference games. That is the most in the Big Ten over that time span.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (54.3) and ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.381). According to the Jan. 10 NCAA stats, UW was third in the country in scoring defense. In their 13 wins this season, the Badgers have limited opponents to 50.1 points per game on .368 shooting, including .312 from 3-point range.

Three different Badgers, Jon Leuer, Brian Butch and Trevon Hughes, have scored at least 20 points in each of UW's fi rst three Big Ten games. That is the first time Wisconsin has had three different 20-point scorers in three consecutive conference games since Kammron Taylor, Alando Tucker and Mike Wilkinson did so from Feb. 9-16, 2005.

Over the last two seasons, UW is a combined 10-4 in road games. Wisconsin and Indiana are the only teams in the Big Ten with three true road wins this season.

Penn State Notes:

Geary Claxton enters tonight's game second among league players in rebounding (8.9 per game) and Jamelle Cornley ranks 10th in the Big Ten (6.5) in the same category.

Penn State pulls down an average of 40.2 rebounds per game and a Big-Ten best 15.7 offensive rebounds per game.

The Nittany Lions are one win away from matching last season's total of 11, and its recent seven-game winning streak - which ended after PSU blew a double-digit lead against Minnesota - was the program's longest since 2000-01.

Claxton has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week twice this season.

Cornley is averaging a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) in three league games. Penn State is 8-1 at home this season, with its lone home loss being this past Saturday against Minnesota. PSU has not beaten a ranked team at home since 2001 when they edged Illinois.


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