Wisconsin (3-2) vs. Arkansas (3-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (18,500) -- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Wisconsin 3-0, Arkansas 3-0. Away Record:
Wisconsin 0-1, Arkansas 0-0. Neutral Record: Wisconsin 0-1, Arkansas 0-1.
Conference Record: Wisconsin 0-0, Arkansas 0-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: The Arkansas Razorbacks try to rebound from their first loss of
the season when they challenge the Wisconsin Badgers as part of the
championship round in the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational.
Arkansas had rattled off three straight victories to begin the 2012-13
campaign, topping the likes of Sam Houston State, Longwood and Florida A&M,
but that was before Friday. Against Arizona State yesterday, the luck ran out
for the Razorbacks as they dropped an 83-68 final in the third round of this
Meanwhile, the Badgers also had some patsies on the early portion of their
schedule as they defeated Southeastern Louisiana, Cornell and Presbyterian,
with a loss at Florida mixed in. On Friday, the team was also in action in
this tourney and was turned away by 14th-ranked Creighton by a final of 84-74.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the
Shooting 9-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free-throw line yesterday,
Jared Berggren registered a team-best 27 points, in addition to clearing seven
rebounds in 30 minutes of action, but his efforts went for naught as Wisconsin
suffered the double-digit loss to one of its toughest competitors thus far.
Also scoring in double figures for the group were Ryan Evans and George
Marshall with 15 and 13 points, respectively, the former adding eight boards
and three of the unit's eight assists. Although he has made just 28.6 percent
of his attempts out beyond the arc, Berggren continues to lead the team in
scoring with his 16.2 ppg. Ben Brust accounts for another 12.4 ppg and is the
top man on the glass with close to nine per game, which is almost the
difference between Wisconsin and the opposition through five games.
Arkansas made good on an impressive 53.6 percent from the field in the first
half against Arizona State on Friday, the problem is the Sun Devils hit a
sizzling 62.5 percent from the floor in the frame in order to take a halftime
lead and eventually the 15-point win. The Hogs came back after the break to
shoot only 28.6 percent from the field, 1-of-12 on the outside, as BJ Young
tried to keep Arkansas in contention with his 29 points, followed by Rashad
Madden with 11 and eight rebounds and Hunter Mickelson with 10 points in the
setback. Although he's missed one game in the early going, Young has still
proven himself to be the main man at the offensive end of the floor for the
Razorbacks with his 21.3 ppg, followed by Marshawn Powell with 13.3 ppg for a
team that is generating a hefty 85.5 ppg.
Against weak competition the Razorbacks generally feast, but that won't be the
case this time around because Wisconsin is a hungry team as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 68, Arkansas 64
11/24 10:38:41 ET