Who: Wisconsin vs Nebraska.
What: A basketball game.
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena. (game can also be viewed on BTN)
How The Badgers can win: The Badgers will face another road test, the key for the Badgers is slowing down Nebraska leading scorer James Palmer Jr.
After a self-inflicted loss on the road to the Rutgers, the Badgers will prepare to attempt to steal a game on the road vs Nebraska. If the Badgers want to continue their NCAA tournament appearance streak they will have to beat Nebraska. Road games in the Big Ten are very hard to come by. In a season where the Badgers will travel to Michigan State, Purdue, and Northwestern Wisconsin will be forced to win games vs teams like Nebraska.
Nebraska has not had much success in the last 4 years, the Cornhuskers have not had a winning season since the 2013-14 season; in that season Nebraska made the NCAA tournament only to lose to Baylor in the first round.
Nebraska comes into the matchup with the Badgers with a record of 11-6 and 2-2 in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are coming off a 74-62 loss to Purdue.
The last time the Badgers and Huskers clashed the Badgers escaped with a 70-69 win in overtime. Nigel Hayes did most of the heavy lifting for the Badgers; Hayes scored 20 points. In addition, he hit a go-ahead 3 with 18.4 seconds left in overtime. The leading scorer for Nebraska was Tai Webster who scored 19. Hayes and Webster have both since moved on.
The leading scorer on the season for Nebraska is Miami transfer James Palmer Jr. On the season the 6-6 guard is averaging 15.6 points per game and 4.4 rebounds.
In the loss to Rutgers, the Badgers could not contain Guard Corey Sanders; Sanders was able to use his speed and get any shot that he wanted. Palmer will be a different challenge for the Badgers; Palmer is very long and athletic, James is able to use his size to his advantage and is able to get to the rim with ease. In addition to being able to get to the rim, Palmer is an above average 3 point shooter; he is shooting 35 percent from 3 this season.
Due to inexperience, Wisconsin has struggled to win games on the road; Wisconsin only has one win on the road in 4 attempts.
After the Badgers 5 game victory streak was snapped at the hands of Rutgers on Friday night the Badgers will look to rebound and start another win streak.