Western Illinois head coach Billy Wright enters his second season with the Leathernecks after an 8-20 debut. He brought aboard former Badger forward Mark Vershaw as an assistant this season. WIU star Garret Covington's sister, Anya, is an assistant coach on the Wisconsin women's team and former Badger.
Bo Ryan has guided Wisconsin to 13 consecutive season opening wins.
Projected Starting Lineups
|Brandon Gilbeck, Fr.||C / F||Ethan Happ, Fr.|
|Tate Stensgaard, Sr.||F||Vitto Brown, Jr.|
|Garret Covington, Jr.||F||Nigel Hayes, Jr.|
|J.C. Fuller, Sr.||G||Zak Showalter, Jr.|
|Jabari Sandifer, Jr.||G||Bronson Koenig, Jr.|
KenPom win probability: 97% (77-56 W) 65 possessions
Radio: Badger Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas), Sirius/XM ch. 84
Links you might like:
* Return to Kohl Center has Mark Vershaw feeling nostalgic (Wisconsin State Journal)
* Men's Basketball Cruises Past Knox College in WIU's Lone Exhibition (GoLeathernecks.com)