Preview: No.23 Wisconsin vs. No.2 Connecticut

With a perfect 5-0 record in St. Thomas, the Badgers will face their toughest competition yet, a UCONN team that is ranked second in the country, shooting better than 47.5 percent in every game this season and has five players averaging over 10 points a game.

No.23 Wisconsin (4-0) vs. No.2 Connecticut (4-0)

Date/Time - Monday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Virgin Islands Sports and fitness Center

Television - Fox Sports Net (Dan McLaughlin, Larry Conley and Monyka Johnigan)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Mike Heller and Andy North)

Series – First Meeting

Last Meeting - None

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 13.5 ppg - has 15 blocks on the season)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 15.0 ppg - 19-for-20 from the free throw line)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.8 ppg - scored in double figures in three games this year)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 5.8 ppg - leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.8 ppg - averaging 18.3 minutes per game)

Off the Bench

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 6.3 ppg - averaging eight points per game in Paradise Jam Tournament)

3 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 8.5 ppg - after averaging 13 points in two home games, only averaging four points in Virgin Islands)

Connecticut Probable Starters

4 Jeff Adrien (Senior Forward, 13.5 ppg - scored 22 points against La Salle in Tournament opener)

11 Jerome Dyson (Junior Guard, 17.5 ppg - has scored at least 12 points in every game this season)

12 A.J. Price (Senior Guard, 8.3 ppg - averaging 12.5 points in Paradise Jam Tournament)

24 Craig Austrie (Senior Guard, 11.3 ppg - 21 points in win against Hartford)

34 Hasheem Thabeet (Junior Center, 15.0 ppg - had 19 points, 14 rebounds in semifinal win over Miami)

Off the Bench

15 Kemba Walker (Freshman Guard, 15.8 ppg - scored 20+ points in two of last three games)

33 Gavin Edwards (Junior Forward, 3.3 ppg)

Last Time Out

Led by junior point guard Trevon Hughes' 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, the Badgers shot 49 percent from the field and got at least eight points from five different sources in a 64-49 victory over San Diego.

Wisconsin got 10 points from sophomore Keaton Nankivil, a career-high tying eight points from sophomore Tim Jarmusz and a well-rounded performance by senior Marcus Landry, who finished with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and a career-best five blocks.

The Badgers out rebounded San Diego (2-2) 34-29, blocked 10 shots and had 11 assists to 12 turnovers, although the Badgers turned the ball over only three times in the second half. More importantly, Wisconsin's defense was on from the start, limiting San Diego to 35 percent shooting.

Series Notes:

Connecticut is one of three Big East teams the Badgers have never faced (the others are DePaul, Seton Hall and South Florida).

The Badgers are 95-89 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference, owning a winning record against Marquette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John's and West Virginia.

The only other Big East team Wisconsin is scheduled to play this year is Marquette on December 6. Connecticut will host Michigan on February 7.

UConn will be the highest ranked opponent UW has faced since falling to No. 1 Ohio State 66-49 on March 11, 2007

Under Bo Ryan, the Badgers are 1-3 vs. teams ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, with the only win coming in a 89-75 decision vs. Pittsburgh (12/16/06)

Wisconsin Notes:

The Badgers are averaging 70 points per game on offense and giving up only 56.5 points on defense.

UW improved to 85-28 (.752) all-time in non-conference games under Bo Ryan. The Badgers are also 11-1 in November tournament games since 2005-06, playing in the Paradise Jam (2005 and 2008), the South Padre Invite (2006) and America's Youth Classic (2007).

Landry has started his senior season in stellar fashion, averaging 13.5 points per game, including a career-high 23-point performance vs. Long Beach St. He leads the Badgers with 15 blocks and five steals. Landry's 15 blocks are also tops in the Big Ten conference.

Connecticut Notes:

The Huskies are averaging 86.3 points per game on offense and giving up only 63.8 points on defense.


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