Preview: No.11 Kansas State vs No.3 Wisconsin

The Badgers will have their hands full with freshman phenom Micheal Beasley and the rest of the Kansas State Wildcats, with a birth in the Sweet Sixteen in Detroit going to the winner.

No.11 Kansas State (21-11) vs. No.3 Wisconsin (30-4)

Date/Time - Saturday, March 20 at 3:20 p.m. Central

Arena – Qwest Center (17,839)

Television - CBS (Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner)

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

Series – Series ties 2-2

Last Meeting - Kansas State won 71-64 in Manhattan, Kansas on December, 10 1983.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.2 ppg - Big Ten Tournament MVP)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 11.2 ppg - Honorable mention All-Big Ten)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.4 ppg - Second-team All-Big Ten)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.5 ppg - First-team All-Big Ten)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.6 ppg - Big Ten All-Defensive Team)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 8.2 ppg - Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.8 ppg - has played in each of last eight games)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.1 ppg - leads the team with 38 block shots)

Kansas State Probable Starters

30 Michael Beasley (Freshman Forward, 26.3 ppg)

12 Bill Walker (Freshman Forward, 16.0 ppg)

5 Clent Stewart (Senior Guard, 7.0 ppg)

2 Blake Young (Senior Guard, 5.9 ppg)

23 Dominique Sutton (Freshman Forward, 3.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

0 Jacob Pullen (Freshman Guard, 9.8 ppg)

40 Ron Anderson (Freshman Forward, 3.3 ppg)

42 Darren Kent (Junior Forward, 2.5 ppg)

Last Time Out

Senior Brian Butch scored 14 points and Joe Krabbenhoft tied a career high with 13 points as third-seeded Wisconsin used its height advantage to get the better of No.14 seed Cal State Fullerton, using multiple scoring runs to distance itself from the Titans, winning 71-56 Thursday night.

Butch scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting and Krabbenhoft went 5-of-7, including draining his only three pointer, but where the two post players shined was on the boards (Butch grabbed eight and Krabbenhoft grabbed nine).

Also in the point production mix was Jason Bohannon, who scored 12 points on only 2-of-7 shooting and 1-for-5 from the perimeter, but went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Series Notes:

This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams with each team winning twice. Wisconsin is 2-0 in Madison (winning in 1949 and 1982) and is 0-2 in Manhattan (losing in 1950 and 1983). This will be the first neutral site meeting between the two schools.

The Badgers are 2-0 against the Big XII this season, beating Colorado 78-52 on November 17 and won at Texas, 67-66, on December 29.

Wisconsin Notes:

With its win Thursday, Wisconsin tied the school record for victories in a season, set by last year's 30-6 club. The Badgers' 60-10 (.857) record over the last two seasons is the fifth-best in the country.

Wisconsin seniors Tanner Bronson, Brian Butch, Michael Flowers and Greg Stiemsma have been a part of a school-record 104 victories over the last four years. The four seniors have also been a part of a school-record 49 Big Ten wins over the last four seasons.

Wisconsin is now 14-2 away from home this season. Those 14 wins are a school record for road and neutral site wins, breaking the former record of 11 set in 1998-99 and tied in 1999-2000 and 2006-07.

UW is making its 14th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers are 18-12 all-time in the Big Dance, winning their only NCAA title in 1941.

Kansas State Notes:

The No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional, Kansas State posted the first major upset of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with an 80-67 victory over six-seeded USC. The win snapped a four-game losing streak in first round play and marked the program's first NCAA win since beating No. 1 seed Purdue, 73-70, in the Midwest Regional Semifinals on March 25, 1988.

The win marked the first time the Wildcats had eclipsed the 80-point barrier in NCAA Tournament play since 1987 and the most since scoring 86 against Baylor on Feb. 23. The team has now topped 80 or more points in 14 games (13 wins), which equals or surpasses the single-season totals of 80-point games from the last 17 seasons.

In K-State's 22 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, the Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times. The program has reached the Elite Eight 11 times, made four Final Four appearances and played in one National Championship game (1951).

The Wildcats are 40-52 all-time against the Big Ten.


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