Preview: Coppin State vs. Wisconsin

After a week off to prepare and study for final exams, Wisconsin men's basketball is back on the court for its second-to-last non-conference game, pitting themselves against the Coppin State Eagles tonight at the Kohl Center.

Coppin State (1-6) vs. Wisconsin (8-2)

Date/Time - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 5:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Jim Jackson)

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

Series – UW Leads 1-0

Last Meeting - UW won, 71-63, on Dec. 20, 1997 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.6 ppg - career high 23 points in season opener)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.8 ppg - 3.75 assist-to-turnover ratio in last five games)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.6 ppg - scored double figures in six games)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 7.6 ppg - leads team in rebounds and assists)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 5.2 ppg - career high 11 points vs. UCONN and Marq.)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard , 0.9 ppg - averaging 12.3 minutes per game)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 4.5 ppg - career 56 percent shooter)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.3 ppg - leads Big Ten in scoring among non starters)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.6 ppg - has played in all 10 games this year)

Coppin State Probable Starters

12 Chuka Iloegbu (Senior Guard, 6.9 ppg)

22 Tywain McKee (Senior Guard, 19.7 ppg)

24 Jordan Lee (Freshman Guard, 10.3 ppg)

34 Brian Chesnut (Senior Forward, 4.4 ppg)

44 Rigoberto Sargeant (Senior Center, 4.2 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 Michael Harper (Freshman Guard, 3.2 ppg)

11 Vince Goldsberry (Sophomore Guard, 7.6 ppg)

31 Eddie Hayden (Sophomore Forward, 2.7 ppg)

50 Ceslovas Kucinskas (Sophomore Center, 3.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

Last Saturday, the Badgers extended their winning streak over Green Bay to 15-0 – including 13-0 at the Kohl Center. Keaton Nankivil had a career-high 11 rebounds and Joe Krabbenhoft added a career-high 15 points en route to the Badgers' 77-57 victory over GB.

"We took advantage of some opportunities," Ryan said. "It's the 3-point line, it's substituting, it's combos on the floor sometimes, there's a lot of things, but runs in basketball, they're just common."

Marcus Landry added 14 points. Jason Bohannon and Tim Jarmusz chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Series Notes:

This is the second-ever meeting between Wisconsin and Coppin State. UW won the only other meeting 11 years ago to the day, 71-63, in Madison (12/20/97)

The Badgers have never lost to a team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, boasting a perfect 9-0 record

This marks the fourth-straight year Coppin State has played at least two games vs. Big Ten opponents, and has gone 0-8 over that span

Coppin St. head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell and Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan come from hometowns (Camden, N.J. and Chester, Pa., respectively) less than 30 miles apart

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin has won eight-consecutive games at the Kohl Center, dating back to a loss against Purdue (2/9/08). Under head coach Bo Ryan, the Badgers are 112-7 (.941) all-time at home, including a 57-4 (.934) mark at the Kohl Center in non-conference contests.

Over the last three seasons, UW has a combined 69-13 (.841) record. According to STATS, Inc., that is the sixth-best winning pct. in the country over that span. Only Memphis, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA and Butler have higher marks.

Bohannon and Hughes rank seventh and 10th, respectively in free throw shooting in the Big Ten. Bohannon has now made 17 of his last 18 free throw attempts and has converted 32-of-40 (.800) overall on the season. Hughes has drained 30-of-41 (.732) from the line.

Landry sits in ninth place on the school's all-time list for blocks with 84 career swats. He needs three to pass Andy Kowske for eighth place and 13 to move into the top five.

Wisconsin is 22-1 and 4-0 this season on games televised by the Big Ten Network.

Coppin State Notes:

Coppin State enters tonight's game on a six-game losing streak after posting its only victory against Wilmington in the season opener. The Eagles have yet to play a home game this season and will not host an opponent until conference play begins in January.

A public, urban, liberal arts university, Coppin State has the unique mission within the University System of Maryland of focusing primarily on the problems, needs and aspirations of the people of Baltimore's central city and its immediate metropolitan area.


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