State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
NO. 22 UW VS. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
What: ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Kohl Center
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
Coach: Greg Gard, 62-37 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Redshirt freshman wing Kobe King went 5 of 8 in the Badgers’ three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis. King scored a career-high 14 points in a semifinal win over Oklahoma.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Badgers are 2-0 all-time vs. the Wolfpack. The teams’ last meeting came in 2010, an 87-48 for the Badgers in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game in Madison. … UW is 9-10 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. … Pritzl didn’t score in three games in the Bahamas. He only attempted two shots in 33 minutes in those three games. … UW is shooting 75.3 percent from the free throw line. Pritzl, Davison, Iverson and Trice are all shooting over 80 percent.
Coach: Kevin Keatts, 27-12 in his second season at North Carolina State.
Player to watch: Senior forward Torin Dorn has reached double figures in scoring in 13 consecutive games dating to last season. Dorn had 28 points in the season opener against Mount St. Mary’s.
PROBABLE N.C. STATE STARTERS
KEY WOLFPACK RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Johnson is shooting 56.5 percent from 3-point range (13 of 23). … Walker, a graduate transfer from Samford, made an official visit to UW in the spring. … Dorn, Beverly and Johnson are the only returnees from last season. In addition to Walker, Keatts is relying on transfers such as Bryce (North Carolina-Wilmington), Daniels (Utah), Harris (Missouri) and Lockett (Florida International).