Preview: Green Bay vs. Wisconsin

Playing their second of four straight home games and the last one against an in-state school, the Wisconsin Badgers look to continue to develop momentum heading towards the end of the non-conference season when they host Green Bay Saturday night.

Green Bay (6-2) vs. Wisconsin (7-2)

Date/Time - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Mel Proctor and Shon Morris)

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

Series – UW Leads 14-0

Last Meeting - UW won, 70-52, on Dec. 15, 2007 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.4 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 13.2 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.4 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 6.8 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 5.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard , 1.0 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.8 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.8 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.7 ppg)

Green Bay Probable Starters

10 Troy Cotton (Junior Guard, 14.5 ppg)

20 Rahmon Fletcher (Sophomore Guard 7.2 ppg)

21 Terry Evans (Senior Forward, 10.5 ppg)

23 Randy Berry (Junior Forward 8.6 ppg)

43 Mike Schachtner (Senior Forward, 11.1 ppg)

Off the Bench

0 Bryquis Perine (Sophomore Guard, 2.9 ppg)

5 Chop Tang (Junior Forward, 8.6 ppg)

Last Time Out

Wisconsin was struck with a surprisingly close game Tuesday night versus the Idaho State Bengals. And while the Badgers pulled out a 60-58 win, they were far from pleased with their performance.

"I'm not satisfied with our performance, I don't think our team is as a whole if I can speak for them," said Marcus Landry, who rated Wisconsin's performance as a zero on a scale of 1-to-10. "We need to get better, we need to improve. There's no excuses for the way we played."

Nevertheless, the Badgers were able to stick it out, despite every run the Bengals had in them.

After only trailing by two at halftime, Idaho State hung close throughout the start of the second half. A lay-up by Demetrius Monroe put the Bengals within one point at 41-40.

And while the Badgers would turn around and go on a 9-0 run, the Bengals would storm right back to make the game interesting down the stretch.

But it's not like the Badgers helped themselves put the game away, either. Wisconsin missed some key free throws and didn't get to the line as often until the end when Idaho State was forced to foul.

Despite the Badgers hovering around a four-to-five point lead for much of the final minute – benefiting from frequent trips to the free throw line – the Bengals continued to answer back.

With just two seconds remaining, Idaho State's Matt Stucki nailed a 3-pointer to make it 59-58 and bring the Kohl Center fans to their feet. Kal Bay would quickly foul Trevon Hughes, who made the first and committed a lane violation on the second, giving the Bengals one last heeve with 2.1 seconds left.

However, Landry broke up the halfcourt pass to Devidias Busma, who struggled to get up a 3-point attempt before time expired.

Series Notes:

UW has never lost to the Phoenix, going a perfect 14-0 in the series, including 12-0 in Madison, and have met in every season since 1999

Under Bo Ryan, the Badgers have won their seven games against Green Bay by an average score of 72.6 to 56.7 (15.9 margin) with the closest game being a 65-55 UW victory on Dec. 7, 2004

UW's Marcus Landry and GB's Bryquis Perine prepped together at Milwaukee Vincent

UW's Wquinton Smith and GB's Troy Cotton were teammates at Milwaukee King

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin is now 43-12 in games following a loss under head coach Bo Ryan, including a 27-2 mark at the Kohl Center coming off defeats.

Wisconsin is 6-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponents. Overall, UW owns a +4.0 rebounds per game margin in 2008, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. The Badgers also rank second in the Big Ten in rebounding defense, allowing opponents a mere 28.0 total rebounds per game. UW posted a 15-5 advantage on the offensive glass vs. Idaho State, and has out rebounded its foes by an average of 3.0 per game (92-to-71) in that category.

Wisconsin has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in five games this year, including just six vs. UW-Milwaukee and Virginia Tech. UW owns a perfect 19-0 record when committing 10 or fewer turnovers over the last two seasons.

Despite the new longer 3-point line, four of UW's long-range bombers have actually increased their 3-point field goal percentage this year. Hughes (.314 to .472), Krabbenhoft (.214 to .333), Landry (.352 to .435) and Leuer (.462 to .636).

Green Bay Notes:

The Phoenix is looking to move to 7-2, which would rank as the best nine-game start under Tod Kowalczyk. The best mark currently stands at 6-3, which was accomplished in 2004-05 and 2007-08. The last time Green Bay opened 7-2 came in the 1995-96 campaign.

Green Bay, a perennially strong free throw shooting team, has been sensational through eight games, making 149 of 172 tries (.866), a figure that ranks first in the nation.

Green Bay has held its last three opponents, Wright State (46), Detroit (46) and Idaho State (53) under the 55-point plateau for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. The 145 total points is the fewest surrendered over three straight games since the 1999-00 squad allowed 145 from Dec. 18-29.

Green Bay is looking for its seventh straight victory, which would be the longest winning streak since a nine-game span in the 2003-04 campaign (Dec. 14-Jan. 10), the longest victory string of the Tod Kowalczyk era.

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