Wisconsin State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the matchup between the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.
UW VS. RUTGERS
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (5-4, 1-0)
Coach: Greg Gard, 85-51 in his fifth season at UW.
Player to watch: Sophomore wing Kobe King (above) scored 17 of his career-high 24 points in the first half of UW’s 84-64 victory over Indiana on Saturday. King went 10 of 15 from the field to finish in double figures for the sixth time in his eight games this season.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
|35||Nate Reuvers (above)||6-11||Jr.||15.4|
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
|1||Brevin Pritzl (above)||6-3||Sr.||7.4|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
UW is 5-2 against Rutgers since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014. But the Badgers are 0-2 at the RAC in that span, including a 64-60 loss (above) two seasons ago. … UW had a season-low four turnovers against Indiana. It was only the third game this season the Badgers finished with more assists than turnovers. … Under Gard, UW is 59-11 when it shoots 35 percent or better from 3-point range and 26-40 when it falls below that figure.
SCARLET KNIGHTS (6-3, 0-1)
Coach: Steve Pikiell, 50-57 in in his fourth season at Rutgers.
Player to watch: Senior forward Akwasi Yeboah (right), a graduate transfer from Stony Brook, scored 17 points in Rutgers’ 77-65 loss at Michigan State on Sunday. Yeboah went 6 of 9 from the field and 3 of 3 from the line.
PROBABLE RUTGERS STARTERS
|24||Ron Harper Jr. (above)||6-6||So.||12.8|
KEY SCARLET KNIGHTS RESERVES
|42||Jacob Young (above)||6-2||Jr.||7.3|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Rutgers ranks last in the Big Ten and 304th nationally in 3-point shooting at 28.3 percent. The Scarlet Knights were 312th nationally in that category last season at 31.2 percent. … Geo Baker (above) is shooting 84.6 percent from the free throw line and leads Rutgers with 4.3 assists per game. … Myles Johnson leads the Scarlet Knights with 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. … Led by Akwasi Yeboah, Rutgers’ bench outscored its starters 37-28 at Michigan State.