State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
NO. 19 WISCONSIN VS. MINNESOTA
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Williams Arena in Minneapolis
TV: BTN, with Cory Provus and Jon Crispin.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (16-6, 8-3)
Coach: Greg Gard, 73-42 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Since posting career highs with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Illinois on Jan. 23, sophomore forward Nate Reuvers has averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in three games. Reuvers was held scoreless in 24 minutes vs. Maryland on Friday night before fouling out.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Badgers dropped a 59-52 decision at home to Minnesota on Jan. 3. UW hasn’t been swept by the Gophers since the 2008—09 season. … In Big Ten play, Brevin Pritzl (48.0) and Brad Davison (46.5) are third and fourth, respectively, in 3-point field goal percentage. … Aleem Ford scored 10 points in the win over Maryland, only the second time this season he’s been in double figures.
GOLDEN GOPHERS (16-6, 6-5)
Coach: Richard Pitino, 106-84 in his sixth season at Minnesota.
Player to watch: Junior swingman Amir Coffey is averaging 19.2 points in Big Ten games, which is third in the conference. Coffey scored a game-high 21 points in the first meeting with UW.
PROBABLE MINNESOTA STARTERS
KEY GOPHERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Minnesota is 11-1 at home this season. Their lone defeat was an 82-67 decision against Maryland on Jan. 8. … Daniel Oturu had 19 points and nine rebounds in a 73-63 loss at Purdue on Sunday. … Jordan Murphy leads the Big Ten with 11.8 rebounds per game. He has 1,170 rebounds in his career, the second most in Big Ten history. … The Gophers are shooting 31.1 percent from 3-point range, which is last in the Big Ten.