State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the 24th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the 21st-ranked Maryland Terrapins on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
NO. 24 WISCONSIN VS. NO. 21 MARYLAND
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Kohl Center
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (15-6, 7-3)
Coach: Greg Gard, 72-42 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Senior center Ethan Happ needs nine rebounds to reach 1,100 for his career. He also needs two steals to reach 200 for his career in that category.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Fans are encouraged to wear white to the Kohl Center for a “White Out.” … A victory would give UW a five-game winning streak, matching its longest of the season. … Brevin Pritzl had eight points and three rebounds in UW’s 62-51 win at Nebraska on Tuesday. The Badgers outscored the Cornhuskers by 22 points in Pritzl’s 24-plus minutes on the court. … UW is 2-2 vs. ranked opponents this season.
TERRAPINS (17-5, 8-3)
Coach: Mark Turgeon, 174-86 in his eighth season at Maryland.
Player to watch: Junior guard Anthony Cowan scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime in Maryland’s 64-60 win over the visiting Badgers on Jan. 14. Cowan’s 3-pointer with 44.9 seconds remaining put the Terrapins in front for good after the Badgers had erased a 21-point second-half deficit.
PROBABLE MARYLAND STARTERS
KEY TERRAPINS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Bruno Fernando had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Maryland’s 70-52 win over Northwestern on Tuesday, his 13th double-double of the season. … Eric Ayala is shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range, while Aaron Wiggins is at 41.7 percent. … Maryland has turned over the ball on 21 percent of its possessions in Big Ten play, which ranks 13th in the conference. … The Terps are shooting a Big Ten-best 79.9 percent from the free throw line in conference play.