Preview: No.10 Wisconsin at Northwestern

After winning a share of the Big Ten conference title on Wednesday, the Badgers will win the outright title on Saturday if Wisconsin can get past Northwestern Saturday.

No.10 Wisconsin (25-4, 15-2) at Northwestern (8-24, 1-16)

Date/Time - Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)

Television - Big Ten Network (Matt Devlin and Trent Tucker)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 103-60

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 62-50 on Jan. 19, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.2 ppg - leads UW in scoring in Big Ten games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 12.1 ppg - third in the Big Ten in steals)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.8 ppg - nine assists and no turnovers)

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

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.1 ppg - seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 7.9 ppg - at least nine points in seven of last eight games)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.7 ppg - averaging 8.8 minutes in last four games)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.1 ppg - 10 points ans six rebounds against Penn State)

Northwestern Probable Starters

44 Kevin Coble (Sophomore Forward, 16.0 ppg)

20 Craig Moore (Junior Guard, 13.4 ppg)

22 Michael Thompson (Freshman Guard, 11.5 ppg)

32 Sterling Williams (Junior Forward, 5.6 ppg)

22 Ivan Peljusic (Freshman Forward, 4.3 ppg)

Off The Bench

1 Jason Okrzesik(Senior Guard, 9.5 ppg)

3 Mike Capocci (Freshman Forward, 4.8 ppg)

25 Jeremy Nash (Sophomore Guard, 3.3 ppg)

Last Time Out

Wisconsin dominated from start to finish, building a 17-point halftime lead and capping it off with a 34-point win over Penn State, clinching a share of the school's first Big Ten title since 2003.

All 16 players on Wisconsin's roster saw action and we lead by junior Marcus Landry's 15 points. Senior Brian Butch notched 12 points, Greg Stiemsma chipped in with 10, Tanner Bronson banked in a three-pointer and Michael Flowers has nine assists to no turnovers, as all four went out on Senior Night with a bang.

First Meeting:

Wisconsin survived Northwestern's Princeton offense and its 1-3-1 zone to survive a boring 62-50 victory over the visiting Wildcats. With Bo Ryan basically rotating only six veteran players - those who have played against the Wildcats before - and Hughes not making a field goal from the field, the Badgers needed a big performance.

They got it from Landry, who shot 6-for-7 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line to score a career-high 21 points. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft also contributed in the win, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Series Notes:

This will be the 164th meeting between Wisconsin and Northwestern in a series that dates back to 1910

UW leads the all-time series between the teams 103-60 but NU holds a 37-35 advantage in Evanston

The two teams have split the last 12 meetings at Welsh- Ryan Arena

The losing team has scored 60 points or less in each of the last 20 meetings between the teams

Wisconsin Notes:

UW's 25 wins this season are tied for the second-most in school history, behind only the school-record 30 wins last season. Wisconsin's 55-10 (.846) record over the last two seasons is sixth-best in the country.

The Badgers have won 15 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.

Over the last three games UW's opponents are averaging just 45.3 points and shooting .337 (55-of-163) from the field and .231 (12-of-52) from 3-point range.

Wisconsin's 77 points vs. Penn State on Wednesday was its second-highest scoring output of the conference season. The Badgers' .527 shooting percentage was also their best in league play and first game over 50.0 percent from the field since Jan. 22.

Over the past two games, UW has dished out 29 assists while only turning the ball over seven times, an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.14.

Northwestern Notes:

Kevin Coble put forth a dominating performance against No. 15 Indiana on Feb. 23, scoring 37 points. It was the most points by a Big Ten player in a game this season, surpassing his own total of 34 set against Michigan Jan. 12.

Northwestern freshman point guard Michael "Juice" Thompson is enjoying a productive first collegiate season. The Chicago native ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of 4.3 assists per game and 19th with a norm of 11.5 points per contest. His 120 assists this season are a Northwestern freshman record, surpassing the previous mark of 106.

Junior guard Craig Moore has been a threat from 3- point range all season. Four times this season, he has knocked down six or more triples in a game. His eight makes against Michigan Feb. 26 rank as a tie for the third-most ever in a Big Ten game.

NU entered play this week ranking fourth in all of NCAA Division I with a 1.45 assist-to-turnover ratio.


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