Preview: No.18 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

After coming off its first conference loss of the season, Wisconsin's road to recovery doesn't get any easier, as the new-look Minnesota Golden Gophers come to town in search for their first Madison win since 1994.

No.17/18 Minnesota (15-1, 3-1 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Tom Hamilton, Jim Jackson and Charissa Thompson)

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

Series – Minnesota Leads 97-88

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 65-56, on February 16, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.8 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.1 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.2 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.2 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 0.9 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.6 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.8 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.2)

Minnesota Probable Starters

0 Al Nolen (Sophomore Guard, 8.0 ppg)

20 Lawrence Westbrook (Junior Guard, 12.8 ppg)

34 Damian Johnson (Junior Forward, 9.2 ppg)

45 Colton Iverson (Freshman Center, 6.4 ppg)

50 Ralph Sampson III (Freshman Forward, 6.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

1 Paul Carter (Sophomore Forward, 4.9 ppg)

4 Travis Busch (Junior Guard, 5.5 ppg)

5 Devoe Joseph (Freshman Guard, 3.9 ppg)

22 Devron Bostick (Junior Guard, 4.8 ppg)

24 Blake Hoffarber (Sophomore Guard, 8.7 ppg)

33 Jamal Abu-Shamala (Senior Forward, 5.2 ppg)

Last Time Out

The Badgers shot ice cold from the floor during the first half and watched helplessly as Purdue sophomore JaJuan Johnson scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Badgers dug a big hole they never could recover from, suffering their first conference loss to No.14 Purdue, 65-52, Sunday afternoon.

With Purdue (12-4, 1-2 Big Ten) getting nine offensive rebounds in the first half, Johnson set the tone from the game's opening minutes, scoring the Boilers first six points, four coming off offensive rebounds, to help Purdue build a 14-point first-half advantage that they never lost.

While the Badgers (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten) missed their share of easy lay ups and wide-open jump shots, Wisconsin was uncharacteristic in its shot selection, hoisting a plethora of hasty shots, usually with a defender in the face, that proved to be unproductive. So while Purdue shot 53 percent (9-for-17) during a 10 minute stretch midway through the first half, Wisconsin couldn't counter.

The Badgers started the game shooting 22 percent (4-for-18) and made one field goal during an eight-minute stretch of the Boilers run.

Joe Krabbenhoft led UW with 13 points, the lone player in double figures for the Badgers, and watched their top two scoring threats (Landry and Trevon Hughes) go a combined 6-for-26 from the field.

Series Notes:

This will be the 186th meeting between Wisconsin and Minnesota, making the Golden Gophers UW's most-played rival

UM leads the all-time series 97-88, but the Badgers hold a 57-32 edge in games played in Madison

UW has won 13 of the last 14 overall meetings between the teams

Wisconsin has won 12 consecutive home games against the Gophers, dating back to 1995

UW features four Minnesota natives: Kevin Gullikson (Stillwater), Jon Leuer (Long Lake), Jared Berggren (Princeton) and Jordan Taylor (Bloomington)

Wisconsin Notes:

Over the last three seasons Wisconsin has accumulated a 32-6 (.842) record in Big Ten play, easily the best in the conference. Ohio State (26-11, .703) is a distant second over that time span.

UW owns a 44-12 (.786) record in games following a loss under Ryan. When playing at the Kohl Center after a loss Wisconsin is 27-2 (.931) since 2001-02. The Badgers have not lost consecutive games since dropping back-to-back road games to Michigan State (2/20/07) and Ohio State (2/25/07).

In the Bo Ryan era, the Badgers are 15-5 (.750) at home against opponents ranked in the AP top 25.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the nation with an average of just 10.6 turnovers per game. During Big Ten play the Badgers are averaging a 7.5 turnovers per game. UW owns a 23-2 record when committing 10 or fewer turnovers over the last two seasons.

During Big Ten play, the Badgers are averaging 1.12 points per possession, which ranks second in the conference. Only Michigan State (1.15) is scoring at a higher efficiency than Wisconsin. On the defensive end, UW is allowing under a point per possession (.99), which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.

Minnesota Notes:

Minnesota tied a NCAA record and set a Big Ten record by shooting 9-for-9 from three-point land in the 79-59 victory over Penn State. The perfect three-point field goal percentage in a game is a Gopher record, bettering the .800 (8-10) the Gophers shot in a game against Purdue during the 2006-07 season.

Minnesota's depth is unmatched in the Big Ten Conference this season.The Gophers are the only team with 11 players averaging at least 3.5 points per game (Michigan is the only team with 10 players). Minnesota also has 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game of action. Michigan has 10 players while four others have nine. Minnesota and Illinois are the only teams to have nine players averaging 2.0 rebounds per game.


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