Preview: Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin

After holding on for a solid resume-building win over Arizona Monday, the Wisconsin Badgers are right back to work Tuesday. Up next is a talented Gonzaga team that can roaring back against Colorado in the first round and nearly knocked off Michigan State on the road earlier this season.

Gonzaga (3-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Monday, November 24, at 8:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Lahaina Civic Center (2,400) - Lahaiana, Hawaii

Television - ESPN2(Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 2-0

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 63-58, on Dec. 1, 1989 in the First Bank Classic in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

3 Trevon Hughes (Senior Guard, 15.7 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Senior Guard, 9.7 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Junior Forward, 4.3 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Junior Forward, 11.7 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Junior Forward, 10.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 Ryan Evans (Freshman Forward, 5.0 ppg)

11 Jordan Taylor (Sophomore Guard, 3.3 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (Freshman Forward, 3.0 ppg)

33 Rob Wilson (Sophomore Forward, 3.7 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (Freshman Center, 0.7 ppg)

Gonzaga Probable Starters

20 Elias Harris (Freshman Forward, 12.8 ppg)

0 Robert Sacre (Sophomore Center, 14.8 ppg)

3 Demetri Goodson (Sophomore Guard, 5.5 ppg)

15 Matt Bouldin (Senior Guard, 18.3 ppg)

32 Steven Gray (Junior Guard, 16.8 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 G.J. Vilarino (Freshman Guard, 4.0 ppg)

10 Grant Gibbs (Freshman Guard, 2.3 ppg)

13 Kelly Olynyk (Freshman Guard, 4.0 ppg)

Last Time Out:

With a team saddled with foul trouble and a cold second-half shooting touch, senior Trevon Hughes and junior Keaton Nankivil came to rescue, scoring 14 of UW's final 16 points to withstand a late Arizona charge and advance to the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 65-61 victory.

Hughes scored a team-high 24 points, one point off his career high, career-high-tying seven rebounds and five steals in 37 minutes to move the Badgers to 3-0.

"That's a big step, especially in Maui and for all those people out East and Midwest that can't sleep well tonight. All the insomniacs," UW coach Bo Ryan said of Hughes, who also added a career-best two blocks. "I thought he stepped up in a game where two teams were pretty even. I think he made a big difference."

Hughes scored 13 first-half points, registered four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block only to be 1-of-5 from the field, including two missed free throws, through the first 14:30, as Hughes and the Badgers watched Arizona take its first lead of the ball game.

From there he took over. He drained a three-pointer to give UW the lead right back at 52-49 and made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch. Despite the ornate amount of pressure, Wisconsin took care of the basketball, committing only eight turnovers, and turning 14 Arizona turnovers into 18 points.

Four of Hughes' game-high five steals led to Wisconsin seven points, five of which he scored himself.

"We had some turnovers that were tough," Miller said. "Having playing against him, he's terrific on defense now. As good of a player as he is on offense, he's the same on defense and he controlled the defense. He challenges your team."

Arizona (2-1) was led by freshman Derrick Williams' 25 points. Senior guard Nic Wise chipped in with 13, but was just 3-of-12 from the floor.

Series Notes:

The winner of the Gonzaga-Wisconsin matchup will face the winner of Tuesday's other semifinal, between Cincinnati and Maryland, in the tournament's championship game Wednesday.

The Badgers are now 2-2 all-time in the Maui Invitational and 11-9 in the state of Hawaii, and with last night's win, have started the season with a 3-0 record for the fifth-consecutive year. UW has also opened each of the last four seasons with a mark of 4-0.

The Badgers also boast a 10-4 all-time mark against teams from the West Coast Conference, also holding a 2-0 record over Loyola Marymount, a 2-2 record against Pepperdine, a 2-1 record against Portland, a 1-1 record against St. Mary's and a 1-0 record against San Diego, a game that was played in last year's Paradise Jam Tournament.

This marks the third trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational for Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs are 4-3 after Monday's win (1-2 in 2002, 2-1 in 05 and 1-0 in 09)

The second and fifth active winningest coaches in the NCAA Division I ranks square off when Gonzaga University's Mark Few faces the University of Wisconsin's Bo Ryan. Few is 267-66 for a winning percentage of 80.1 to rank second while Ryan is 579-176 for 76.7 and fifth on the list.

Wisconsin Notes:

Bo Ryan has taken his UW squad to Hawaii on one previous occasion, going 1-2 in the 2001 Big Island Invitational in his first season at the helm. The Badgers opened that season 1-4 but went on to win the Big Ten title.

The Badgers have made seven trips to Hawaii for tournaments, owning a 11-9 mark on the island. In UW's only other Maui Invitational appearance (1995), the Badgers lost back-to-back games vs. No. 3 Villanova and No. 4 UCLA before beating Chaminade in Dick Bennett's first three games at Wisconsin.

Senior guard Trevon Hughes scored a season-high 24 points vs. Arizona, one shy of his career high of 25. Monday's performance marked the 42nd double-digit scoring game of his career and the ninth time he has scored 20 or more points in a game. UW is a perfect 9-0 when Hughes reaches 20 points.

Hughes tied a career high with seven rebounds vs. Arizona and is averaging 5.3 per game, which is tied for second on the team. Hughes also blocked a career-high two shots and added five steals. He now has 129 career steals, just two shy of Claude Gregory (131) for ninth place in the UW record books and four behind Hennssy Auriantal (133) for eighth place all time.

Gonzaga Notes:

Head coach Mark Few has to replace four of his top-five scorers from last season, by he still has senior guard Matt Bouldin, who is Gonzaga's top returning scorer (13.7 ppg), rebounds (4.1 rpg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.5 apg). Much like Wisconsin, Gonzaga has a veteran backcourt, as Bouldin and junior Steven Gray combined to score 48 of the Bulldogs 76 points in their opening win over Colorado. Not surprisingly, the are the top two scorers on the team.

Like Arizona, Gonzaga's roster includes just four upperclassmen compared to nine freshmen.

Much like the Kohl Center for Wisconsin, There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 64-3 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The nine straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles by Gonzaga University marks the longest current streak in the nation and ranks tied for fourth all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks, the Bulldogs knotting the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats won nine straight SEC crowns from 1944-52. UCLA's 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79 head the list.

Worgull's Prediction

I am starting to be a believer in Trevon Hughes in terms of him being the leader of Wisconsin basketball. We saw glimpses of how dangerous he can be ... and we saw glimpses of how inexperienced he can be last season. That hasn't been the case through three games, as Hughes' success has made Wisconsin go.

Wisconsin's early-season defense has been phenomenal and the numbers back that up, limiting Arizona to only five first-half field goals. Combine that with UW's fast start and the Badgers looked like all-world beaters yesterday. They'll need to that again against Gonzaga and not shoot 29 percent in the second half.

Gonzaga has a lot of weapons, and they have youth ... but so did Arizona and Wisconsin trumped that with its weapons and experience. The Badgers need to avoid the careless fouls and get Jon Leuer on the floor. If they can do that, UW wins by seven.

Worgull's Record: 2-1

Points off Prediction: 18


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