State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Monday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
NO. 12 WISCONSIN VS. RUTGERS
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Kohl Center
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (7-1, 1-0)
Coach: Greg Gard, 64-37 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice scored 20 points in UW’s 72-66 win at No. 14 Iowa on Friday night, the fourth time this season he’s had at least that many in a game. Trice was 4 of 8 from 3-point range and is now 28 of 48 (58.3 percent) from beyond the arc through eight games.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
UW has five wins over power conference opponents this season. It took the Badgers until Feb. 15 of last season to reach that total. … The Badgers got 47 points from their bench – 21 vs. Iowa, 26 vs. North Carolina State – in victories last week. … The 24 fouls called on the Badgers at Iowa were their most in a regulation game since they also had 24 in a win over Illinois on Jan. 15, 2011.
SCARLET KNIGHTS (5-2, 0-1)
Coach: Steve Pikiell, 35-39 in his third season at Rutgers.
Player to watch: Junior forward Eugene Omoruyi leads Rutgers in both scoring and rebounding (9.1). He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Scarlet Knights’ 78-67 home loss to Michigan State on Friday night.
PROBABLE RUTGERS STARTERS
KEY SCARLET KNIGHTS RESERVES
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YOU SHOULD KNOW
Rutgers is 9-64 in Big Ten regular-season play since joining the conference in 2014, but two of those victories have come over UW. … The Scarlet Knights rank 18th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom, but 252nd in adjusted offensive efficiency. They’re last in the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 57.5 percent. … Rutgers is averaging 13.1 offensive rebounds per game, which is tied for second in the Big Ten.