Preview: Penn State at No.10 UW

With Indiana losing at Michigan State on Sunday and Purdue losing in overtime at Ohio State Tuesday, a win against Penn State Wednesday will give No.10 Wisconsin its first conference title since 2003.

Penn State (14-14, 6-10) vs. No.10 Wisconsin (24-4, 14-2)

Date/Time - Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,190)

Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee, Tim McCormick)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 20-8

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 80-55 on Jan. 15, 2008 in State College

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.0 ppg - leads UW in scoring in Big Ten games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 12.3 ppg - third in the Big Ten in steals)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.8 ppg - shooting .556 from three over last five games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.4 ppg - career-high four threes against MSU)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.2 ppg - seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 7.9 ppg - at least 11 points in five of last six games)

14 Tanner Bronson (Senior Guard, 0.4 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.5 ppg - averaging 9.7 minutes in last three games)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 3.8 ppg)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.9 ppg - leads team with 33 blocked shots)

Penn State Probable Starters

2 Jamelle Cornley (Junior Forward - 12.1 ppg)

11 Stanley Pringle (Junior Guard - 6.5 ppg)

12 Talor Battle (Freshman Guard - 10.0 ppg)

15 David Jackson (Freshman Forward - 5.6 ppg)

22 Andrew Jones (Sophomore Forward - 3.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

33 Danny Morrissey (Junior Guard - 7.7 ppg)

4 Mike Walker (Senior Guard - 5.9 ppg)

23 Brandon Hassell (Forward - 2.7 ppg)

Last Time Out

Brian Butch knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers, but none were bigger that the ones he nailed in the midst of a 13-4 run in the second half to put the Badgers well in control

Then as Wisconsin was thick in the middle of a 13-4 run just under the 10-minute mark in the second half, it was Butch who put it away for No.10 Wisconsin, beating No.19 Michigan State 57-42.

Michael Flowers was the unsung hero, as he limited Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Drew Neitzel to a season-low three points and only a single shot, finishing the night 1-of-10.

First Meeting:

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 29th meeting between Wisconsin and Penn State with UW leading the all-time series between the teams 20-8, including 11-2 in Madison

The Badgers have won seven straight against PSU with an average margin of victory of 23.1 points

Wisconsin has beaten the Nittany Lions 10 straight times in Madison

UW is 9-2 against Penn State under Bo Ryan with the two losses coming by a combined three points

Ryan is a native of Chester, Pa., and was coached in high school and college by Ron Rainey, a PSU alum

Wisconsin Notes:

The Badgers have won 14 Big Ten games this season, breaking the school record of 13 set last year. UW has won at least 11 conference games in six of Bo Ryan's seven seasons and is assured of a top-four finish in the Big Ten for the seventh consecutive season, tying the school record set from 1912-18.

Wednesday will be the final home game for Wisconsin seniors Tanner Bronson, Brian Butch, Michael Flowers and Greg Stiemsma. The quartet has been a part of 98 victories one shy of the school record over a four-year span. With one more win they will tie the school mark of 99 wins set from 2004-07. The four seniors have already been a part of a school-record 47 Big Ten wins over the last four seasons.

Wisconsin turned the ball over just once in its 57-42 win over Michigan State last Thursday. That is a UW record, breaking the old mark of two turnovers set on March 3, 1993 against Penn State. The Badgers did not have a turnover in the second half, the second time in school history they have gone an entire half without turning the ball over.

The Badgers also lead the Big Ten in scoring margin at +13.1. The Badgers are averaging 68.0 points per game and are 22-2 this season when scoring at least 60 points.

Penn State Notes:

Freshman point-guard Talor Battle is making a strong case for inclusion on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team among a strong group of first-year conference players. Battle's 12.4 ppg in Big Ten games is second on the team and ranks sixth among freshman (16th overall) and his 1.50 steals rank second among freshmen (8th overall).

Jamelle Cornley posted back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career to lead Penn State in scoring with 20 points at Minnesota and 22 in a win over Iowa. He now has 11 career 20-point scoring games.

Penn State's bench has produced 17 double-digit scorers on the season, has scored more than 30 points in six games.

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