State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the 7th-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
NO. 19 WISCONSIN VS. NO. 7 MICHIGAN
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan
TV: Ch. 47, with Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and Andy Katz.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (17-6, 9-3)
Coach: Greg Gard, 74-42 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice made three 3-pointers in a 56-51 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, including one with 1:44 remaining that gave the Badgers a six-point cushion. Trice is 12 of 26 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc over the past five games.
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Ethan Happ had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the Badgers’ 64-54 win over the Wolverines at the Kohl Center on Jan. 19. He had three points and an assist during UW’s 7-0 burst over the final 51.2 seconds. … Nate Reuvers’ 44 blocks this season – he had seven vs. Minnesota – represents the 10th-highest single-season in program history.
WOLVERINES (21-2, 10-2)
Coach: John Beilein, 269-145 in 12 seasons at Michigan.
Player to watch: Junior guard Zavier Simpson is averaging 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists over the past three games. Simpson recorded a triple-double (11-10-12) in a win over Ohio State on Jan. 29.
PROBABLE MICHIGAN STARTERS
KEY WOLVERINES RESERVES
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Michigan is 14-0 at home this season and has won 20 in a row at Crisler Center since a 92-88 loss to Purdue on Jan. 25, 2018. … Since being held scoreless in the first meeting against the Badgers, Ignas Brazdeikis has averaged 18.2 points over five games. … Charles Matthews is averaging 8.0 points over his past six games. He’s 16 of 51 from the field in that span.