Preview: No.10 Davidson vs No.3 Wisconsin

Projected to be playing in front of the biggest crowd in NCAA Regional history, the third-seed Wisconsin Badgers look to proudly represent the Big Ten when they take on Davidson in the Sweet 16 tonight.

No.10 Davidson (28-6) vs. No.3 Wisconsin (31-4)

Date/Time - Friday, March 26 at 6:10 p.m. Central

Arena – Ford Field (72,818)

Television - CBS (Gus Johnson, Len Elmore)

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

Series – Davidson leads 1-0

Last Meeting - Davidson won 67-63 on December 12, 1980 in Charlotte, N.C.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 10.9 ppg - Big Ten Tournament MVP)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 11.6 ppg - Honorable mention All-Big Ten)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.5 ppg - Second-team All-Big Ten)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.4 ppg - First-team All-Big Ten)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.5 ppg - Big Ten All-Defensive Team)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 8.1 ppg - Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.7 ppg - has played in each of last eight games)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.4 ppg - 14 points, seven rebounds against KSU)

Davidson Probable Starters

30 Stephen Curry (Sophomore Guard, 25.7 ppg)

2 Jason Richards (Senior Guard, 12.9 ppg)

15 Thomas Sander (Senior Forward, 7.6 ppg)

41 Andrew Lovedale (Junior Forward, 6.7 ppg)

14 Max Paulhus Gosselin (Junior Guard, 3.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 Boris Meno (Senior Forward, 7.3 ppg)

22 Will Archambault (Sophomore Forward, 5.1 ppg)

24 Bryant Barr (Sophomore Guard, 5.1 ppg)

23 Stephen Rossiter (Sophomore Forward, 3.1 ppg)

Last Time Out

Averaging only three points a game during the course of the season, Stiemsma exploded for a career high 14 points, helping the Badgers make their first sweet 16 appearance since 2005 with a 72-55 victory over Kansas State.

Stiemsma was effective in all facets of his game against the Wildcats (21-12). He shot 6-for-9 from the floor, was active on the boards and even showcased some athleticism in the process.

Stiemsma wasn't the only offensive gem, as Hughes was an assassin all afternoon long for the Badgers (31-4). Hughes nailed four triples and registered a game-high 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting and Flowers scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half, helping the Badgers build a lead they were never relinquish.

Loss in the game was the defensive effort of Krabbenhoft on Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley. Scoring 17 points in the first 20 minutes, Beasley attempt just five shots in the second half, scoring only four points from the floor with Krabbenhoft, a member of the conference's all defensive team, as his shadow in the second half.

Series Notes:

This will be the second meeting between Wisconsin and Davidson with the Wildcats won the only previous meeting, 67-63, on Dec. 12, 1980 in the opening round of the First Union Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

UW is 6-1 all-time against teams currently in the Southern Conference, including a 70-43 win over Wofford on Dec. 3 in Madison

Wisconsin Notes:

UW is one of just five teams in the country that have won at least 30 games in each of the last two seasons, joining North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas. In Big Ten history only two other schools have won at least 30 games in back-to-back seasons, Indiana in 1974-75 (31-1) and 1975-76 (32-0) and Michigan State in 1998-99 (33-5) and 1999-2000 (32-7). This year's Wisconsin team is the 14th squad in Big Ten history to record at least 30 victories.

The Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 53.9 points per game, and rank fourth in the country in field goal percentage defense (.380). In its two NCAA tournament wins, UW limited Cal State Fullerton and Kansas State to their lowest point totals of the season. Those two teams averaged 55.5 points and shot .378 (42-of-111) from the field.

UW has a 10-6 record in seven appearances in the NCAA tournament under Bo Ryan, including a 10-1 mark against lower-seeded teams. Prior to his arrival in 2001, the Badgers were 8-6 in the NCAA tournament.

Wisconsin has won 12 consecutive games, its longest streak this season. That is the tied for the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Davidson's 24-game and North Carolina's 13-game streaks. UCLA has also won 12 consecutive games. Prior to last year's 17-game winning streak, UW had not won 12 consecutive games since 1940-41.

UW's opponents are shooting just .305 on the season from 3-point range. Kansas State was 0-of-13 from distance in the Badgers' second round game. That was the first time in 349 games the Wildcats had not made a 3-pointer. The last time UW shut out a team from 3-point range was Dec. 23, 2004 when UNC Greensboro went 0-of-8 from long distance. Over the last 10 games, Wisconsin's opponents are just 45-of-170 (.265) from long range.

Davidson Notes:

Davidson, which enters the Sweet 16 on a 24-game winning streak (the best in the nation), earned the Southern Conference automatic bid after finishing with a 26-6 overall record and 20-0 mark in league play. The Wildcats will be making their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and first Sweet 16 trip since 1969, where they lost to North Carolina

Conference Player of the Year and second-team All- America selection (Sports Illustrated & Sporting News) Stephen Curry (Charlotte, N.C.) ranks fourth nationally in scoring with an average of 25.7 per outing. The five-time SoCon Player of the Week and four-time Player of the Month, also ranks among national leaders in free-throw percentage (12th/88.8), three-pointers made (1st/152) and three-pointers per game (2nd/4.5).

Richards, Curry's backcourt mate and fellow first-team all-conference selection, leads the countryin assists at 8.0 per game.


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