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GAME THREAD: Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

Can the Badgers make it a half-dozen wins in a row?

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Wisconsin Badgers continuing their winning ways while heading out east? We’ll find out as they face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday night (6 p.m. CT, ESPN2).

Wisconsin (9–7, 2–1 Big Ten) has won six in a row and is coming off a 71–61 win over Indiana on Tuesday thanks to Ethan Happ’s 28-point, 10-rebound performance and a second half surge by true freshman Brad Davison (14 points in the final 20 minutes).

UW looks to reach double-digits in wins against a Rutgers squad (10–6, 0–3) that has lost to three ranked conference opponents this season (Minnesota and Michigan State in December, then an 81–51 loss at Purdue on Wednesday). However, the Scarlet Knights did defeat a ranked Seton Hall team back on Dec. 16.

Rutgers is ranked first in the Big Ten and third in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (15.31) and second in the conference (fifth in the nation) in total rebounds per contest. Steve Pikiell’s team is also in the top 10 in scoring defense (ninth) and field-goal percentage defense (60.9 points allowed per game).

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