Wisconsin State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the exhibition matchup between the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team and the UW-La Crosse Eagles on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
WISCONSIN VS. UW-LA CROSSE
What: Exhibition game
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Kohl Center
On the Web: BTN Plus
Radio: 1070 AM, 101.5 FM with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
Coach: Greg Gard, 80-47 in his fifth season at UW.
Player to watch: Brad Davison (above left) enters his junior season needing 244 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Davison was third on the team in scoring in 2018-19 and shot 34.9 percent from 3-point range after a cold stretch to end the season.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
|35||Nate Reuvers (above)||6-11||Jr.||7.9|
|1||Brevin Pritzl (above)||6-3||Sr.||4.8|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Junior forward Micah Potter (above left) isn’t allowed to play against outside competition — even in exhibition games — until the end of first semester. The NCAA denied a waiver filed on Potter’s behalf by UW to make him eligible at the start of the season, but UW has asked the organization to reconsider that decision. … According to UW, Kobe King attempted 15 free throws in a closed scrimmage against Iowa State last weekend. … Trevor Anderson isn’t back to 100 percent after missing most of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Coach: Kent Dernbach, 30-23 in his third season at UW-La Crosse.
Player to watch: Senior forward Terek Nesheim (above right), who started 19 games last season, is the Eagles’ leading returning scorer. Nesheim was a junior starter at Mount Horeb when the Vikings won the 2015 WIAA Division 2 state title, and he was a captain the following season.
PROBABLE UW-LA CROSSE STARTERS
|4||Ethan Anderson (above)||6-3||So.||6.2|
|15||Sean Suchomel (right)||6-1||Jr.||NA|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Kent Dernbach (above) led the Eagles to their second NCAA Division III tournament appearance ever last season. They dropped an 80-66 decision to St. Thomas (Minn.) in the opening round. … UW-La Crosse lost its top three scorers from last season, including All-WIAC first-team selections Ben Meinholz and Brendon Manning. … Austin Westra was a WBCA Division 2 first-team all-state selection after averaging 17.3 points last season at DeForest. … Sean Suchomel, a Sun Prairie native, averaged 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season at Madison College.