State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania.
NO. 22 WISCONSIN VS. PENN STATE
When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania.
TV: Big Ten Network.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (10-4, 2-1)
Coach: Greg Gard, 67-40 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Sophomore forward Aleem Ford went 0 of 3 from 3-point range in UW’s 59-52 home loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. He’s 1 of 8 from beyond the arc in three Big Ten games and 31.3 percent on the season.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
UW has a 10-game winning streak over Penn State and is 23-2 against the Nittany Lions since the start of the 2004-05 season. The Badgers’ average margin of victory during their six-game winning streak at the Bryce Jordan Center is 4.8 points. … UW’s 14 points in the first half against the Golden Gophers matched its lowest total in a half since it scored 12 in the first half of a 43-32 loss to Southwest Missouri State in the 1999 NCAA tournament. The Badgers also had 14 point in the first half of a 67-48 loss at Wake Forest on Nov. 30, 1999.
NITTANY LIONS (7-7, 0-3)
Coach: Patrick Chambers, 120-129 in his eighth season at Penn State.
Player to watch: Junior forward Lamar Stevens leads the Nittany Lions in scoring and rebounding (8.4). He had 17 points and 10 rebounds in Penn State’s 68-55 loss at Michigan on Thursday night.
PROBABLE PENN STATE STARTERS
KEY NITTANY LIONS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Patrick Chambers will sit out this game as punishment for shoving Myles Dread during a timeout in the loss to Michigan. Associate head coach Keith Urgo will replace Chambers on the bench. … Penn State is shooting 32.1 percent from 3-point range, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten. Rasir Bolton is shooting 41.9 percent (31 of 74) from beyond the arc, but his teammates are a combined 29.1 percent (71 of 244). … The Nittany Lions are No. 16 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom. They’re No. 127 in adjusted offensive efficiency.