Preview: No.9 Texas vs. Wisconsin

In its final tune up before conference play begins December 31, Wisconsin will look to grasp another momentous victory over highly-ranked Texas when the two teams tip off in Madison Tuesday night.

No. 8/9 Texas (9-2) vs. Wisconsin (9-2)

Date/Time - Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - ESPN2 (Dick Vitale and Dan Shulman)

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

Series – UW Leads 4-1

Last Meeting - UW won, 67-67, on Dec. 29, 2007 in Austin, Texas

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.5 ppg - double digits in four of last five games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.1 ppg - 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio in last five games)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.6 ppg - scored double figures in four of last five games)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 7.6 ppg - has five rebounds or more in 10 games)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.9 ppg - career high 11 points vs. UCONN and Marq.)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard , 0.8 ppg - averaging 12 minutes per game)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 4.5 ppg - career 54 percent shooter)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.9 ppg - leads Big Ten in scoring among non starters)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.4 ppg - has played in all 11 games this year)

Texas Probable Starters

3 A.J. Abrams (Senior Guard, 19.7 ppg)

5 Damion James (Junior Guard, 14.1 ppg)

24 Justin Mason (Junior Guard, 7.5 ppg)

32 Connor Atchley (Senior Forward, 6.9 ppg)

34 Dextre Pittman (Junior Center, 8.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

1 Gary Johnson (Sophomore Forward, 9.5 ppg)

50 Varex Ward (Freshman Guard, 3.5 ppg)

53 Clint Chapman (Sophomore Center, 21. ppg)

Last Time Out

Wisconsin didn't waste a ton of time getting down to business against Coppin State.

The Badgers scored 11 unanswered points, including six in a row from sophomore Jon Leuer, to build an early double-digit lead before the second media timeout. They kept that margin most of the rest of the way to cruise to a 57-46 victory over the Eagles Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Leuer finished with a game-high 16 points and got help from junior guard Jason Bohannon and senior forward Marcus Landry, who each finished with 11.

Sixteen points was Leuer's high since he scored 17 against Virginia Tech, and came against an unsuspecting Coppin State.

"We weren't looking for him to hurt us," Coppin State head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell said. "He came in off the bench and did a real good job of scoring for them. He's a nice player and that's a luxury to have with someone like him coming off the bench."

Series Notes:

Wisconsin owns a 4-1 record all-time vs. Texas including a thrilling 67-66 win last season in Austin, Texas in the most recent meeting.

The Badgers won the only previous match-up in Madison with a 61-45 decision in 1999.

Texas' only win in the series came in a 71-58 win in the opening round of the 1996 NCAA tournament

UW and UT are two of just eight programs in the country to have advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the last 10 seasons

UW owns an all-time record of 30-29 vs. teams in the Big XII conference Wisconsin Notes:

The Big Ten will head into the final week of non-conference play after amassing a 93-21 overall record in six weeks of action. The .816 winning percentage ranks second in the nation, behind the ACC, which leads with a .831 winning percentage (103-21).

Currently standing at 93-21 (.816) overall, the Big Ten is off to its best non-conference start since the 1988-89 season when it went 98-21 (.824) against non-conference foes during the regular season.

The Big Ten is ranked second in the third edition of the RPI Rankings after being ranked first last week.

Marcus Landry has registered a double-digit scoring total in seven of Wisconsin's 11 games this season, including a career high 23 points in the season opener vs. Long Beach State. The Badgers are 29-1 all-time in games in which Landry scores in double figures, including 7-0 this season.

Hughes has raised his assist-to-turnover ratio dramatically over the last six games. Since recording 11 assists and 10 TOs through the first five games, the point guard has posted a 3.8 ratio (19 assists, five turnovers) over the last six contests. Overall, his 2.0 ratio (30 asst. 15 TOs) would rank eighth in the Big Ten if he had enough assists to qualify.

Over the last three seasons, UW has a combined 70-13 (.843) 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.

Texas Notes:

The big statistical difference in Texas' nine wins and two losses this season can be traced to the defensive end of the court. In its nine wins this year, Texas has held its opponents to an average of 57.7 points per contest and a combined 36.7% FG shooting, including a 48-of-172 (.279) mark from three-point range.

Tuesday's contest at Wisconsin marks the first true road game for the Longhorns this year. Texas has already played five neutral-site contests to date (3-2 mark in those games).

Gary Johnson tallied a career-high 20 points (8-of-12 FG, 4-of-4 FT) in 35 minutes during Saturday's game against No. 19/22 Michigan State.

Head Coach Rick Barnes is 256-95 in 11 seasons at Texas (11th year), 458-229 in 22 seasons overall and 0-3 against Wisconsin at Texas. Texas is one of just three schools to have advanced to at least the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven years, joining Duke (5) and Kansas (5).


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