State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten tournament matchup between the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago.
NO. 19 WISCONSIN VS. NEBRASKA
What: Big Ten tournament quarterfinal.
When: Approximately 2 p.m. Friday
Where: United Center in Chicago.
TV: Big Ten Network, with Dave O’Brien and Jon Crispin.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
Coach: Greg Gard, 79-45 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Sophomore point guard D’Mitrik Trice shot 29.6 percent overall from the field (16 of 54) and 24.3 percent from 3-point range (9 of 37) over the second half of the Big Ten schedule. Trice reached double figures only twice in those 10 games.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
UW is 3-3 in the Big Ten tournament under Greg Gard. … Brad Davison scored 13 points as UW won 62-51 at Nebraska on Jan. 29 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams. … The Badgers are 29-9 (.763) in March over the past six seasons, the best winning percentage among Big Ten programs. … Ethan Happ has moved to within 53 points of tying Michael Finley for second on UW’s all-time scoring list.
Coach: Tim Miles, 115-112 in his seventh season at Nebraska.
Player to watch: Senior guard James Palmer Jr. has scored 58 points to help Nebraska open the Big Ten tournament with victories over Rutgers and Maryland. He had 24 on 8-of-13 shooting in the Cornhuskers’ 69-61 win Thursday over the Terrapins, the No. 5 seed.
PROBABLE NEBRASKA STARTERS
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KEY CORNHUSKERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Nebraska has played only seven players in the Big Ten tournament due to injuries to senior forward Isaac Copeland, sophomore guard Thomas Allen and freshman guard Amir Harris and a suspension to sophomore guard Nana Akenten. … James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson have each played all 80 minutes in Chicago, while Isaiah Roby has played 76. … The Huskers had lost 11 of 13 games until beating Iowa 93-91 in overtime to end the regular season.