Wisconsin State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team and the McNeese State Cowboys on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
UW VS. McNEESE STATE
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Kohl Center.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
Coach: Greg Gard, 81-48 in his fifth season at UW.
Player to watch: Aleem Ford (above left) had 11 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes before fouling out of a 65-52 win over Eastern Illinois last Friday night. Ford has struggled from long distance to start the season, going 2 of 11 on 3-pointers.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
|34||Brad Davison (above)||6-4||Jr||12.0|
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
|1||Brevin Pritzl (above)||6-3||Sr.||4.5|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Nate Reuvers (above) finished with 14 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a program-record tying nine blocks vs. Eastern Illinois. He fell one block short of becoming the first Big Ten player to post a triple-double with at least 10 blocks since Penn State’s Calvin Booth had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks against Dayton on March 16, 1998. … The Badgers have 15 assists and 25 turnovers through two games. … Kobe King, who had a career-high 18 points against Eastern Illinois, is questionable for this game after injuring his left ankle in practice Monday.
Coach: Heath Schroyer (above), 10-24 in his second season at McNeese State.
Player to watch: Junior guard Dru Kuxhausen, who played last season at Western Nebraska Community College, is shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range. More than 80 percent of Kuxhausen’s shot attempts — 26 of 32 — have come from beyond the arc.
PROBABLE McNEESE STATE STARTERS
|22||Roydell Brown (right)||6-6||Sr.||7.7|
KEY COWBOYS RESERVES
|3||Leondre Washington (above left)||6-0||Jr.||4.0|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
This is the first meeting between the Badgers and the Cowboys, who play in the Southland Conference. … After opening the season with losses at Western Michigan and Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State beat Southern University at New Orleans 104-33 on Monday night. … Sha'markus Kennedy (above) is averaging a double-double. He leads the Cowboys with 10.3 rebounds per game.