Preview: No.6 Duke vs. Wisconsin

After playing back-to-back road games in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Wisconsin finally gets to welcome an ACC opponent to the Kohl Center. That team is No.6 Duke, as the Badgers look to win a game for the Big Ten Conference Wednesday night.

No.6 Duke (6-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. Wisconsin (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Wednesday, December 2, at 8:15 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - ESPN (Brent Musberger, Bob Knight and Holly Rowe

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

Series – Duke leads 1-0

Last Meeting – Duke won, 82-58, on Nov. 28, 2007 in Durham, N.C.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

3 Trevon Hughes (Senior Guard, 14.2 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Senior Guard, 11.2 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Junior Forward, 4.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Junior Forward, 13.8 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Junior Forward, 8.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 Ryan Evans (Freshman Forward, 3.8 ppg)

11 Jordan Taylor (Sophomore Guard, 6.6 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (Freshman Forward, 2.0 ppg)

33 Rob Wilson (Sophomore Forward, 2.8 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (Freshman Center, 1.3 ppg)

Duke Probable Starters

2 Nolan Smith (Junior Guard, 18.5 ppg)

12 Kyle Singler (Junior Forward, 15.3 ppg)

21 Miles Plumlee (Sophomore Forward, 9.9 ppg)

30 Jon Scheyer (Senior Guard, 16.8 ppg)

42 Lance Thomas (Senior Forward, 6.8 ppg)

Off the Bench

13 Olek Czyz (Sophomore Forward, 3.0 ppg)

20 Andre Dawkins (Freshman Guard, 10.8 ppg)

34 Ryan Kelly (Freshman Forward, 3.7 ppg)

55 Brian Zoubek (Senior Center, 6.3 ppg)

Last Time Out:

Playing its third games in three days in a humid climate, Wisconsin was faced with a quick 7-0 deficit, missed five of its first seven shots and faced a Maryland pressure defense designed to create chaos.

It was the oddest place for Wisconsin to start finding its groove shooting the basketball

The Badgers found their niche from distance, turned up the pressure defensively on the 21st-ranked team in the country and left the island of Maui with a third-place finish in the ultra-challenging EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 78-69 victory over Maryland Wednesday.

"You're playing well represented conference teams and coaches that have been through a lot of this stuff," said Ryan, as the Badgers (4-1) beat an ACC Conference team for the third straight team. "When you leave there you've got to learn from these. We learned positives and negatives. We'll have to eliminate the negatives and increase the positives."

After struggling with the late turnaround against a rested Gonzaga team, Wisconsin, searching for its highest finish at the tournament, found its stroke from distance (10-of-22, 45.5 percent) and hit 16-of-20 free throws (80 percent).

But what will make the flight home better for Ryan were the Badgers making amends for last night's problems in the paint. After getting badly out rebounded, dominated in points in the paint and shutout in fast-break points, Wisconsin won the rebounding battle 33-28, out scored Maryland 36-32 in the paint and scored 10 points on the fast break.

"Every once in awhile, I could be right," Ryan said about finally hitting shots. "It's like flipping a coin. Whoever hits the outside shot is going to be the winner and that was us tonight."

Last Meeting:

As the Badgers sulked out of the locker room to begin the second half, the writing could already be seen clearly written on the wall.

This was no longer a challenge; this was a massacre and the Badgers were being marred with Duke Black and Blue.

For two teams that appeared quite similar on paper, Duke's agility, speed and perimeter shooting out-matched Wisconsin's height and defensive advantages, as the host Blue Devils stayed a perfect 9-0 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, routing the previously unbeaten Badgers 82-58 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,314 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The 24-point loss was the biggest regular-season loss under head coach Bo Ryan since January 2002.

Sophomore Trevon Hughes scores the game's opening points on a three-pointer, giving Wisconsin its first – and only - lead. From there on out, the Cameron Crazies clamped down on Wisconsin.

Wisconsin shot 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from the perimeter, got to the foul line only six times (making three) and turned the ball over an uncharacteristic nine times in the first half, leading to 14 Duke points.

Duke shot 56 percent (9-for-16) from three-point range in the first half with junior Greg Paulus and freshman Taylor King delivering uncontested bucket after bucket. The duo combined to make 7-of-10 threes and 25 first-half points, helping Duke build a first-half lead that swelled to 25 at it's largest.

Paulus finished with a game-high 18 and King with 15, as they were two of five Blue Devils to score double-digits.

"If anything could go wrong, it did," Ryan said. "We dug ourselves a hole and in the second half, things look kind of even on the sheet. When you're playing down in a hole like that, it's almost impossible in a place like this to come back."

If the hot hands of the Duke backcourt weren't enough, the Blue Devils were the more aggressive and fundamentally sound team, a phrase not often associated with Badger teams under Ryan. Duke was able to utilize the fast-paced offense to its benefit, forcing the taller Badgers to play on their heels, ultimately leading to 17 fast-break points.

Wisconsin entered the game plus 16.6 in rebounding (tops in the Big Ten) and finished the game only plus two in rebounds (42-40) against a Duke lineup that averages 6-foot-5, nearly two and one half inches shorter than the Badgers.

Series Notes:

For the first time in three years, Wisconsin will host a game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when Duke visits the Kohl Center. Wisconsin has won three consecutive games vs. ACC teams, winning at Virginia Tech (74-72) in the 2008 Challenge before knocking off No. 5 seed Florida State (61-59) in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

UW is 4-6 overall in the Challenge, tied for the second-best mark among Big Ten teams. UW is 3-1 in the state of Wisconsin during the challenge and 2-1 at the Kohl Center. Duke is 10-0 in the Challenge. Lifetime, Duke is 62-24 against the Big Ten, having a losing record only against Purdue.

Wisconsin Notes:

Trevon Hughes was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.3 steals. Hughes posted the fifth-highest game of the tourney with 24 points vs. Arizona.

Through five games this season, UW's opponents are shooting just .388 from the field and scoring an average of 58.4 points per game. Last year through five games, Badgers' opponents were shooting .425 and scoring 60.4 points per game.

The Badgers are a perfect 4-0 this season when winning the rebounding battle. Wisconsin is averaging 3.8 (35.4 to 31.6) more rebounds per game than its opponents this season, including a 2.8 advantage on the offensive glass. Overall, UW is 143-22 when out-rebounding its foes in the Bo Ryan era.

Wisconsin has turned the ball over 12.0 times per game this season, owning a 3-0 record when turning it over fewer times than its opponent. Under Bo Ryan, UW is 145-36 all-time when winning the turnover battle.

Wisconsin is 93-32 (.744) in non-conference games under Bo Ryan, including 59-5 (.922) at the Kohl Center. Bo Ryan has never lost a home game during the month of November, a streak of 23 consecutive contests. The last Badger home loss in November was a 65-60 decision to Marquette in the 1997-98 season opener.

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan ranks third in Badger history with 197 wins and needs just three to reach 200 in his career. The only Wisconsin coaches with 200 wins at UW are Hall of Famers Harold "Bud" Foster (265) and Walter "Doc" Meanwell (246).

Duke Notes:

The Blue Devils have won three true road games in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and are one of two undefeated teams (Boston College [3-0] is the other) in the event. The Blue Devils have won seven of their last eight games against Big Ten opponents.

Jon Scheyer has 32 assists and just four turnovers in 208 minutes of action on the year. The Northbrook, Ill., native has led the Blue Devils in assists in all six games and leads the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 8.0:1. He is also tied for fifth in the league in assists per game (5.3).

Junior Kyle Singler has made at least one three-point field goal in 21 straight games dating back to last season. He is eighth in the ACC in three-point percentage (.414) and tied for 10th in three-point field goals per game (2.0) on the year.

Worgull's Prediction

Remember what we say on Wednesday in Maui against a ranked ACC team? For those of you that have forgotten or are still woozy from all the turkey you consumed, allow me to give you a brief recap of UW's two Maui wins.

The Badgers out rebounded Arizona and Maryland, had a 25-24 advantage on the offensive glass, resulting in a 23-19 second-chance points advantage. After two dismal perimeter shooting games, the Badgers shot 45.5 percent from three-point range against Maryland, a season best.

The Badgers need to do that again and then some if they want a shot at knocking off Duke. I was a front-row witness to that first-half massacre two years ago, where Duke shot lights out and UW couldn't contend. The Badgers couldn't match Duke's speed or quickness in the first half and dug too big of a hole. This time, UW's bigs need to control the paint and the UW guards need to control the tempo.

This is a hard match-up for Wisconsin. Duke is coming off a dominating defensive performance against Connecticut and playing in an event they have owned for the last 10 years. The Blue Devils are a better team, which will lead them to a 14-point victory, but this will be a great boost to UW heading into Marquette week and the Big Ten Conference.

Worgull's Record: 3-2

Points off Prediction: 41

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