State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
NO. 15 WISCONSIN VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY
When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas
Coach: Greg Gard, 67-38 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Freshman wing Kobe King has scored 10 points in each of the last two games. It marked the first time in King’s UW career that he reached double figures in consecutive games.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
UW is 2-0 all-time vs. Western Kentucky. Brad Davison drew a controversial foul and made a free throw with 2.0 seconds left to give the Badgers an 81-80 win in Madison last season. … UW is seeking its third true road win of the season, which would match its total from 2017-18. … D'Mitrik Trice has made at least three 3-pointers in seven games this season. … UW turns the ball over on 13.9 percent of its possessions, according to KenPom. That’s the sixth-lowest mark in the nation.
Coach: Rick Stansbury, 48-34 in his third season at Western Kentucky.
Player to watch: Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth leads the Hilltoppers in scoring, assists (2.7) and steals (1.8) and is second in rebounds (5.1).
PROBABLE WESTERN KENTUCKY STARTERS
KEY HILLTOPPERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Marek Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. … Lamont Bearden, a former Germantown standout, has appeared in three games (two starts) since returning to the lineup. Bearden, who averaged 11.7 points last season, was ineligible for the first semester for academic reasons. … DeSean Murray, a graduate transfer from Auburn, left the team earlier this month to pursue a professional career. Murray averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in eight games (six starts).