Preview: Idaho State vs. Wisconsin

With the Badgers having lived out of a suitcase thus far in 2008, playing five of their first eight away from the friendly Kohl Center, Wisconsin looks to get back on track, starting with a four game homestand against Idaho State.

Idaho State (2-5) vs. Wisconsin (6-2)

Date/Time - Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Craig Coshun and Doug Altenberger)

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

Series – First Meeting

Last Meeting - Two teams have never met

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.3 ppg - leads team in blocks (18) and steals (10))

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 13.3 ppg - scored in double figures six of eight games)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 9.5 ppg - shooting 40 percent last two games)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 6.8 ppg - leads team in rebounds (48) and assists (24))

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 5.4 ppg - tied career-high with 11 points against Marq.)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard , 1.1 ppg - averaging 14.1 minutes per game)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 4.3 ppg - shooting 62.5 percent from the floor)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.9 ppg - leads team in three-point shooting)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 3.0 ppg - career high in minutes, points and rebounds against Marq.)

Idaho State Probable Starters

1 Amorrow Morgan (Junior Guard - 17.0 ppg)

20 Donnie Carson (Junior Guard 6.3 ppg)

21 Demetrius Monroe (Junior Forward - 10.4 ppg)

31 Matt Stucki (Senior Guard - 12.3 ppg)

33 Deividas Busma (Junior Center - 7.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

2 Kal Bay (Junior Guard - 4.7 ppg)

4 Lucas Steijn (Senior Center - 5.6 ppg)

23 Austin Kilpatrick (Junior Guard - 2.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

Te Badgers didn't have an answer for Golden Eagles guard Jerel McNeal, as the senior scored 26 points to help Marquette (7-1) defeat Wisconsin (6-2) 61-58 on Saturday.

Wisconsin, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half, fell victim to a personal 14-o run by McNeal that left the Badgers reeling, as UW scored only two points on a nine-possession stretch in the second half.

After UW committed a season-high 22 turnovers against the pressure of Connecticut, Wisconsin's size had trouble matching up on offense and defense. Defensively, the Badgers were forced to chase McNeal off the double screens and scramble to get in the lane. The result was 14 first-half fouls and 26 overall fouls, the most UW has committed in the past two seasons.

UW was also out rebounded and out shot from the free throw line.

Series Notes:

UW had a 4-1 record overall against schools currently in the Big Sky Conference (2-0 vs. Montana, 1-0 vs Eastern Washington and 1-1 vs. Weber State)

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and Idaho State head coach Joe O'Brien have won a combined 13 national Coach of the Year awards. Ryan has won seven (four at Div. 111 and two at Div. 1) and O'Brien won six while coaching at the junior college level.

Ryan won four DIII national titles at Platteville while O'Brien won three Junior College National Championships at Southeastern Community College

Wisconsin Notes:

UW is one of just five BCS conference schools to play backto- back non-conference road games against teams from other BCS conferences. None of the five schools won both games. The Badgers went 1-1 on their two-game road trip (at Va. Tech and Marquette).

Wisconsin is shooting at a .406 clip from behind the 3-point arc, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Individually, UW boasts two of the top eight 3-point shooters in the conference. Junior Trévon Hughes is fifth, making 16-of-32 (.500) from 3-point range. Marcus Landry has connected on 10-of-22 (.455) from downtown, which ranks eighth in the conference. Sophomore Jon Leuer would lead the Big Ten, shooting .700 (7-of-10) from deep, but he falls one made 3-pointer short of qualifying.

Wisconsin had its seven-game road winning streak snapped at Marquette on Saturday. That was the third-longest road win streak in the nation.

UW is to 87-30 (.744) all-time in non-conference games with Bo Ryan at the helm. Ryan's Badgers are also 40-10 (.800) in December. That is the best winning percentage of any month during Ryan's eight seasons.

Idaho State Notes:

Stucki helped Idaho State beat Utah for the first time in 50 yards when he scored 20 points and had nine rebounds and nine assists on Saturday night.

The Bengals have played in three overtime games this season, losing by three at Hawaii, by eight at Boise State in double overtime and by six against Long Beach State in double overtime.

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