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DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 6, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Devaney Center (13,595) -- Lincoln, Nebraska. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Wisconsin 9-1, Nebraska 7-2. Away Record: Wisconsin 0-2, Nebraska 1-3. Neutral Record: Wisconsin 1-1, Nebraska 1-0. Conference Record: Wisconsin 1-0, Nebraska 0-1. Series Record: Nebraska leads, 10-8.
GAME NOTES: The Wisconsin Badgers will try to deny the Nebraska Cornhuskers their first Big Ten Conference win of the season when the two schools square off at the Devaney Center.
Bo Ryan's Badgers notched their fourth consecutive win on Thursday by downing Penn State by nine points in their conference opener. Wisconsin is 10-4 this season, but it failed to find success in its two true road tests at Florida (74-56) and Marquette (60-50). The Badgers will test Nebraska's offense in this one as they are leading the Big Ten in scoring defense at 55.9 ppg after limiting the Nittany Lions to only 51 their last time out.
Tim Miles was not given a warm welcome into the Big Ten on Wednesday as his Cornhuskers suffered a 70-44 setback to Ohio State in Columbus. The loss was the second in three outings for Nebraska, which has fallen to a 9-5 overall record. The journey does not get any easier for Miles after this, as Nebraska will tour Michigan with away games against the Wolverines and Spartans. The Cornhuskers' chances against an opponent that is very limiting defensively does not seem ideal, as they are last in the Big Ten in scoring at 60.4 ppg.
Nebraska leads the all-time series between these schools by a 10-8 margin, but Wisconsin came out of last season's meeting on top, 50-45.
Wisconsin shot just 38.6 percent from the field and allowed PSU to net 46.2 percent of its field goal attempts, but it still could have won by a much more comfortable margin had it not submitted a poor 13-of-26 performance at the charity stripe. The trio of Ryan Evans, Ben Brust, and Jared Berggren tallied 13 points apiece. Berggren, a 57.1 percent shooter from the floor, leads the way with 13.4 ppg to go along with 6.4 rpg. Brust is the primary outside shooting threat, having knocked down 31-of-77 threes (.403), and he is second on the team in both scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Evans is posting 11.6 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per tilt.
Ray Gallegos was the only Husker to reach double figures in their 26-point loss to Ohio State. Dylan Talley was held to just nine points and David Rivers also netted nine. Talley still leads the team with 13.6 ppg, but Gallegos is close behind at 13.1 ppg. Brandon Ubel is the key post players for Nebraska with productive 12.6 points and 6.5 boards per game averages.
Ryan's defensive system has made Wisconsin best at shutting down opponents for a decent period of time. The Badgers cannot afford to throw away opportunities at the free-throw line or be held under 40 percent shooting throughout the course of the conference season, but they will not need a huge scoring effort to come out of this one on top.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 57, Nebraska 49
01/06 10:31:41 ET
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