State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
NO. 22 WISCONSIN VS. MINNESOTA
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Kohl Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (10-3, 2-0)
Coach: Greg Gard, 67-39 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Khalil Iverson scored 10 points in the Badgers’ 83-76 loss at Western Kentucky on Saturday night, the first time this season the senior forward has reached double figures in scoring. Iverson was 5 of 7 from the field against the Hilltoppers.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Badgers have recorded eight consecutive victories over Minnesota since an 81-68 road loss on Jan. 22, 2014. It’s the longest stretch of dominance in the series for UW since it won 10 in a row from 1912-16. … D'Mitrik Trice is 7 of 23 from 3-point range over the past four games after starting the season 30 of 50 from beyond the arc. … Brad Davison is 19 of 27 from the field over the past three games since being held scoreless vs. Marquette on Dec. 8.
GOLDEN GOPHERS (11-2, 1-1)
Coach: Richard Pitino, 101-80 in his sixth season at Minnesota.
Player to watch: Senior forward Jordan Murphy leads the Big Ten in rebounding with 12.6 per game. He has 1,074 career rebounds, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten.
PROBABLE MINNESOTA STARTERS
KEY GOLDEN GOPHERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Former Badgers assistant Rob Jeter is in his first season on Richard Pitino’s staff. … Gabe Kalscheur, whose grandparents live in Waunakee, is shooting 38.4 percent from 3-point range (28 of 73). His teammates are a combined 42 of 156 (26.9 percent). … Minnesota ranks 11th nationally in offensive rebounding percentage, per KenPom. Jordan Murphy and Daniel Oturu combine for 7.2 per game. … Murphy and Amir Coffey combine to average 15 free throw attempts per game. … Brock Stull is a graduate transfer from UW-Milwaukee.