Preview: Northwestern at. No.17 Wisconsin

Wisconsin basketball looks to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kohl Center just like they started, with a resounding victory over Northwestern.

Northwestern (6-8, 0-4 Big Ten) vs. No.17 Wisconsin (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m. CST

Arena – Kohl Center (17,190)

Television - Big Ten Network (Jay Wilson, Trent Tucker)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 102-60

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 59-52 on February 3, 2007 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 10.3 ppg - averaging 11.9 points over last eight games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 13.7 ppg - 22 points, five assists and six steals vs. Illinois)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.0 ppg - career high 23 points at Penn State)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 13.6 ppg - five 10+ plus rebound games this season)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.8 ppg - fourth in the Big Ten in assist-to- turnover ratio (2.17) )

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.7 ppg - second on the team with 20 three-pointers)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 5.8 ppg - career-high 25 points at Michigan)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.3 ppg - 10 points (4-for-4 shooting) at Penn State)

Northwestern Probable Starters

44 Kevin Coble (Sophomore Forward, 18.4 ppg)

20 Craig Moore (Junior Guard, 13.2 ppg)

22 Michael Thompson (Freshman Guard, 12.4 ppg)

32 Sterling Williams (Junior Forward, 7.8 ppg)

5 Jeff Ryan (Sophomore Forward, 6.8 ppg)

Off The Bench

1 Jason Okrzesik (Senior Guard, 9.5 ppg)

3 Mike Capocci (Freshman Forward, 4.8 ppg)

25 Jean-Marc Melchior (Junior Forward, 1.1 ppg)

Last Time Out

Playing 35 minutes, Michael Flowers delivered a clinic against Penn State, shooting 9-of-12 from the floor, grabbing six rebounds, dishing five assists and scoring a season-high 23 points in Wisconsin's 80-55 victory.

Wisconsin shot 60 percent (31-52) from the field, 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from three-point range and nearly 90 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers also out-rebounded the Nittany Lions 41-22, leading to a 34-18 advantage in points in the paint.

Series Notes:

This will be the 163rd meeting between Wisconsin and Northwestern with UW leading the all-time series between the teams 102-60, including 60-20 in Madison

The Badgers have won 12 of the last 15 meetings between the teams and nine straight at home

The losing team has scored 60 points or less in each of the last 19 meetings between the teams

NU was Wisconsin's opponent when the Badgers opened the Kohl Center on Jan. 17, 1998 (a 56-33 UW victory). Wisconsin has compiled a 137-18 (.884) record at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin Notes:

UW has won eight consecutive games, tied for the second- longest winning streak of the Bo Ryan era. Last year's team won a school-record 17 games while the 2003-04 Badgers also won eight straight games.

Over the last two games, Wisconsin has made 56.0 percent (56-of-100) of its shots. The Badgers shot a season-best .596 (31-of-52) against Penn State. UW is shooting .505 from the field in Big Ten play to lead the conference. Wisconsin has shot better than 48.0 percent from the field in six of the last eight games.

Four different Badgers, Jon Leuer, Brian Butch, Trevon Hughes and Michael Flowers have scored at least 20 points in each of UW's first four Big Ten games. That is the first time in recorded history (dating back to 1942) that Wisconsin has had four different 20-point scorers in four consecutive conference games.

Wisconsin is 4-0 in Big Ten play for the third straight season. That is the longest such streak in school history since Doc Meanwell's teams of 1912-16 started five consecutive conference seasons 4-0.

Northwestern Notes:

Northwestern is coming off a 65-47 win Wednesday night in Chicago as the Wildcats took care of Chicago State behind 22 points from Craig Moore and 19 from Kevin Coble. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Wildcats.

Coble missed the non-conference season due to an injury, but has returned to average 18.4 points over the last five games. Coble scoring a career-best 34 points against Michigan Jan.12. The total is the highest by a Big Ten player in a game this season and surpassed Coble's previous high of 25 points set against Western Michigan during his freshman campaign.

The Wildcats haven't been shy from 3-point range this season, hoisting a conference-high average of 24.1 attempts per game. Northwestern's 32 attempts at Ohio State Jan. 6 ranks as a tie for the fourth-highest total in a game in school history.

The Wildcats entered the week ranking a close second in all of NCAA Division I with a 1.56 assist-to-turnover ratio (currently 1.59). Tennessee ranks first at 1.66. Northwestern has dished out 253 assists this season while turning the ball over just 159 times.

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