Wisconsin State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team and the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
UW VS. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
What: Big Ten/ACC Challenge
When: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday
Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas
Coach: Greg Gard, 84-50 in his fifth season at UW.
Player to watch: Junior forward Nate Reuvers (above) has reached double figures in all seven games this season. Reuvers accounted for 32.3 percent of UW’s points (33 of 102) during its two games in New York last week.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
|34||Brad Davison (above)||6-4||Jr.||12.1|
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
|1||Brevin Pritzl (above)||6-3||Sr.||8.3|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
UW is 3-0 all-time vs. North Carolina State. D'Mitrik Trice (above) finished with 18 points and six assists to help the Badgers rally from a 12-point deficit in the second half and beat the Wolfpack 79-75 last season at the Kohl Center. … The Badgers are 10-10 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. … UW is shooting 30.8 percent from 3-point range after going a combined 9 of 53 in losses to Richmond and New Mexico last week.
Coach: Kevin Keatts, 50-26 in his third season at North Carolina State.
Player to watch: Senior guard Markell Johnson (above) scored a game-high 22 points in North Carolina State’s 83-78 loss to Memphis. Johnson leads the Wolfpack with 6.7 assists per game.
PROBABLE N.C. STATE STARTERS
|4||Jericole Hellems (above left)||6-7||So.||10.7|
KEY WOLFPACK RESERVES
|24||Devon Daniels (above)||6-5||Jr.||12.7|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
C.J. Bryce (above) leads the Wolfpack with 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. … Manny Bates is averaging 3.4 blocks per game. … Pat Andree, a graduate transfer from Lehigh, is shooting 48.3 percent from 3-point range (14 of 29). … North Carolina State is ranked No. 15 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, per KenPom.