State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Illinois Fighting Illini on Monday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
NO. 22 WISCONSIN VS. ILLINOIS
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Kohl Center
TV: FS1, with Brian Anderson and Jim Jackson.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (17-8, 9-5)
Coach: Greg Gard, 74-44 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Sophomore guard Brad Davison is 9 of 32 from the field over the past three games, including 4 of 15 from 3-point range. He missed nine of his 12 shot attempts in a 67-59 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Nate Reuvers posted career highs with 22 points and 10 rebounds in UW’s 72-60 win at Illinois on Jan. 23. … Khalil Iverson scored a season-high 12 points in the first meeting with Illinois, the third time in his career he’s reached double figures against the Illini. … With 20 points against Michigan State, Ethan Happ became the fourth player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. He joined Purdue’s Joe Barry Carroll, Michigan State’s Greg Kelser and Ohio State’s Herb Williams.
FIGHTING ILLINI (10-15, 6-8)
Coach: Brad Underwood, 24-33 in his second season at Illinois.
Player to watch: Freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 20 points in the first meeting with UW. That was his most in a Big Ten game until he produced a career-high 35 points in a 99-94 overtime win over Rutgers on Feb. 9.
PROBABLE ILLINOIS STARTERS
KEY ILLINI RESERVES
|12||Adonis De La Rosa||7-0||Sr.||2.9|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Illini have a four-game winning streak. Their 63-56 win at Ohio State on Thursday was their first true road win of the season. … Illinois has lost to UW 14 consecutive times. The Illini’s average margin of defeat during their seven-game losing streak at the Kohl Center is 17.9 points. … Ayo Dosunmu has reached 20 points seven times this season, including 24 in a 79-74 win over Michigan State on Feb. 5. … Illinois has forced a turnover on 23.4 percent of its opponents’ possessions this season, ranking No. 13 nationally in that category.