State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois.
NO. 22 WISCONSIN VS. NORTHWESTERN
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena.
TV: BTN, with Brandon Gaudin and Jon Crispin.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (18-8, 10-5)
Coach: Greg Gard, 75-44 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Senior center Ethan Happ posted his second career triple-double in UW’s 62-46 win over Northwestern on Jan. 26 at the Kohl Center, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Happ is coming off a rough outing vs. Illinois in which he posted season lows with six points and three rebounds in a 64-58 win.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Badgers haven’t finished below the Wildcats in the Big Ten standings since the 1983-84 campaign, a streak that will continue this season. … Brad Davison and D'Mitrik Trice each scored 18 points and combined to go 7 of 12 from 3-point range in the first meeting with Northwestern. … Ethan Happ has missed 11 consecutive free throws dating to the second half of UW’s win at Minnesota on Feb. 6.
WILDCATS (12-14, 3-12)
Coach: Chris Collins, 100-91 in his sixth season at Northwestern.
Player to watch: Senior guard Ryan Taylor, a graduate transfer from Evansville, is 8 of 32 from 3-point range over the last eight games. He’s down to 33.5 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
PROBABLE NORTHWESTERN STARTERS
KEY WILDCATS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Wildcats have lost seven consecutive games, starting with the defeat in Madison. They’ve scored 56 or fewer points six times during that skid and rank 188th nationally – last among Big Ten teams – in adjusted offensive efficiency. … Northwestern shot 29.6 percent and averaged 0.74 points per possession in the first meeting with UW. No Wildcats reached double figures in scoring. … Opponents are shooting 29.1 percent from 3-point range against Northwestern.