Preview: Oakland vs. Wisconsin

To reach the summit, it appears the Wisconsin men's basketball team has taken that phrase literally. After beating Summit Conference member IPFW Sunday, the Badgers take on the conference's preseason pick - Oakland - on Wednesday.

Oakland (Mich) (0-1 this season, 23-13, 13-5 Summit in 08-09) vs. Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Wednesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,120)

Television - BigTenNetwork.com (pay), Badger Nation Game Blog (free)

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

Series – First Meeting

Last Meeting – First Meeting

Wisconsin Probable Starters (stats from 08-09)

3 Trevon Hughes (Senior Guard, 12.1 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Senior Guard, 10.3 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Junior Forward, 3.4 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Junior Forward, 8.8 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Junior Forward, 4.5 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 Ryan Evans (Freshman Forward, Redshirt)

11 Jordan Taylor (Sophomore Guard, 1.6 ppg)

33 Rob Wilson (Sophomore Forward, 1.5 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (Freshman Center, Redshirt)

Oakland Probable Starters

1 Derick Nelson (Senior Forward, 20.0 ppg - Tallied 14th double-double in opener)

2 Larry Wright (Junior Guard, 8.0 ppg)

11 Will Hudson (Junior Forward, 2.0 ppg)

23 Johnathon Jones (Senior Guard, 23.0 ppg)

34 Keith Benson (Junior Center, 15.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 8.0 bpg)

Off the Bench

12 Ledrick Eackles (Freshman Guard, Led prep school to national title)

15 Drew Valentine (Freshman Guard, 2.0 ppg - Had 14 pts. in exhibition vs. Hope)

22 Blake Cushingberry (Sophomore Guard, 7.0 ppg)

32 Drew Maynard (Sophomore Guard, 2.0 ppg)

Last Time Out:

The Badgers jumped on the Mastodons early by capitalizing on open shots from the perimeter and preventing IPFW from getting into the lane. The accuracy from the offensive end and stifling man- to-man defense on the defensive end allowed Wisconsin to coast to a season-opening victory over IPFW 75-46.

UW (1-0) has won all nine home openers under head coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers have won 12 consecutive home openers overall, having never lost a home opener in the Kohl Center.

If there was any doubt of UW letting IPFW (0-1) hang out, much like the Mastodons did when they opened against the Badgers two years ago, junior Tim Jarmusz (9 points) knocked down two open threes Jon Leuer had his way in the post, scoring on turn-around jumpers over the smaller Mastodon defenders, leading to a game-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

Series Notes:

The Badgers own a 3-2 record vs. teams from the Summit League. UW is 2-0 vs. IPFW, 1-0 vs. Western Illinois, but has a 0-2 mark vs. Oral Roberts.

Oakland junior forward Will Hudson is from Madison, Wis. and attended Middleton High School

Oakland head coach Greg Kampe faced UW twice as an assistant at Toledo, losing 79-71 to the Badgers on Nov. 29, 1982 and beating Wisconsin 73-60 on Dec. 20, 1983.

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin registered 11 blocked shots vs. IPFW, the most in a single game during the Bo Ryan era. That is UW's highest block total since swatting 12 shots in a win at Northwestern on March 1, 2000. Both Jon Leuer (4) and Jason Bohannon (3) posted career highs in blocks.

The Badgers converted 57.1 of their shots in the season opener vs. IPFW on 28-of-49 shooting. That was the Badgers' highest field-goal percentage since shooting 58.7 percent against Michigan in the 2009 Big Ten opener on Dec. 31, 2008.

IPFW made just 34.0 percent (16-of-47) of its shots Sunday. That is the lowest opponent FG percentage for Wisconsin since holding Illinois to 32.8 percent on Feb. 5, 2009. UW held three opponents to a field goal percentage of 34.0 or lower in 2008-09.

Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren made their Wisconsin debuts vs. IPFW. Evans posted six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 19 minutes of action. Berggren saw nine minutes of duty, netting two points, one rebound, two assists and one block.

Oakland Notes:

Oakland has made at least one 3-pointer in 631 consecutive games, 7th longest streak in the country

OU is 2-19 versus the Big Ten; def. Michigan (97-90) on Nov. 17, 2000 / def. Northwestern (60-41) on Jan. 2, 2000

The Golden Grizzlies are 5-42 against schools that hail from BCS conferences

The Golden Grizzlies received 34 of 35 first-place votes and were the league's first team to receive all but one first-place vote since Valparaiso got 21 of 22 votes in the 2001-02 preseason poll.

OU's three first team all-league preseason selections (Keith Benson, Johnathon Jones, Derick Nelson) marked the first time since 2003-04 when the Golden Grizzlies again had three players on that team.

Worgull's Prediction

Consider this an early season trap game. The Badgers have warm weather on their minds coming the EA Sports Maui Invitational next Monday, as do I, but Oakland and senior guard Johnathon Jones is no push over.

After the point guard averaged 13.3 points per game and led the country with 8.1 assists per game, Jones, named to the Preseason Mid-Major AllAmerica Team by CollegeInsider.com, has dished out 7 or more assists in 17 of last 19 games dating back to last season, not to mention scoring 23 points against Eastern Michigan in the opener. The Golden Grizzlies could have easily won that game if it wasn't for Oakland shooting just 4 of 22 from downtown (18 percent) and 9 of 20 from the free throw line (45 percent). If they get those two numbers up, UW will be in a real fight.

The key factor will be if UW can dominant in the paint like they did against IPFW. The Mastodons didn't have much size and Oakland has a 6-11 center and a 6-9 forward that could give UW some trouble. I still think UW is going to win this game, but it's going to be closer than people think. UW by 13.

Worgull's Record: 1-0

Points off Prediction:3


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