The No. 15-ranked Wisconsin Badgers aren’t travelling very far to take on the Milwaukee Panthers tonight in a game between two 8-2 schools.
Wisconsin had lost back-to-back games previously this season against North Carolina and Marquette but are on a two-game winning streak going into tonight.
They will be looking to continue their rebound with a big win against an in-state rival.
The Panthers shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge, as they have only came away victorious in one of the 28 contests between these two programs.
Keep reading to find out all you need to know about tonight’s contest.
Where: US Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, WI
When: Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: Big Ten TV, Local Broadcast
Listen: WIBA-AM 1310, Wisconsin; AM-1130 WISN, Milwaukee
Betting Line: Wisconsin -10.5
Wisconsin Key Injuries
No major injuries to report.
Milwaukee Key Injuries
G Ja’Rob McCallum: DBT (Wrist)
F Kyle Kelm: QST (Shoulder)
What's At Stake?
The Badgers are trying to get back on track and cannot afford to lose tonight against a team they historically dominate that plays in a mid-major conference.
Dropping to two ranked teams in a row isn’t good, considering they were by far their best opponents and Wisconsin has yet to prove they are an elite team this season.
They need to win big to justify their position in the polls and to build towards a good seed come tournament time in March.
What They're Saying
Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal found that junior center Jared Berggren wants to improve every facet of his already solid game.
Berggren is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game, leads the team in steals with 17, is tied for the lead in blocks with 15, and is third in rebounding at 4.7 per game.
"I need to be more steady every night," he said.
Tom Enlund of the Journal Sentinel notes that the Panthers have been hot this season despite inconsistency in the rotation.
"For the first 10 games we've played with at least one starter out so we just have to figure out how to do it again (Tuesday) if that's the case," coach Rob Jeter said. "It looks like that's the case with Ja'Rob and we'll find out about Kyle. That would be the first time we've had two starters out. Someone else will have to step up."
Wisconsin Player To Watch: Jordan Taylor
This senior preseason All-American hasn’t been playing his best ball lately and has dropped his scoring average from 18.1 last season down to 11.6 on just 36 percent shooting.
Can he get it going today?
Milwaukee Player To Watch: Kaylon Williams
The 6’3” senior guard leads the Panthers in scoring and will need a good game if they want to pull off the upset.
Wisconsin needs to get back to their defensive ways if they want to overcome the feisty Panthers.
They were outscoring opponents by large margins before they went on a losing streak and need to figure out how to lock down the opposition again.
Prediction: Wisconsin 65, Milwaukee 52
I think Wisconsin will win here and the game will be higher-scoring than most imagine.
It’ll take the Badgers a bit to get into a rhythm on defense, but once they find it they will choke the life out of Milwaukee.