The Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 overall) are coming off a big home win over the Marquette Golden Eagles (2-1 overall) last Sunday and will look to keep the in-state good times rolling against the Green Bay Phoenix (1-2 overall).
The Phoenix have had a tough start to the season, losing to Purdue and New Mexico (both top-100 teams in KenPom, with the Boilermakers being No. 10) and getting their only win of the season against Stout.
This will be an interesting matchup due to the wildly different paces at which these teams play. Wisconsin’s average possession length is 18.6 seconds, No. 306 in the country, while Green Bay’s average possession length is 13.4 seconds, No. 3 in the country! The Phoenix want to get the ball across half court and take the first semi-decent shot they get. HOW DARE THEY?!?
Green Bay’s tempo is rated at No. 10 while the Badgers are at No. 337...this is going to be a battle of wills and trying to impose one’s pace on the other. Should be fun!
How to watch/listen
TV: BTN, 8 p.m., CT, Lisa Byington, Brian Butch (THE POLAR BEAR!)
Streaming: FOX Sports app
Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius 83, XM 83; Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas
Live stats: Here!
Arena: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin ??????
KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 94%
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Green Bay shooting guard PJ Pipes is currently ranked No. 43 in the whole country in eFG%, shooting 71.9%. He has the same mark for his TS%, which ranks him No. 48 in the nation. This wasn’t in a media guide, it was on KenPom. It would be cool if media guides started using more advanced stats though, wouldn’t it?
- Thursday’s game is the second of two home regional games for the Roman Legends Classic Tournament -- UW also defeated McNeese State, 83-63. The Badgers then travel to Brooklyn to take on Richmond and either Auburn or New Mexico next week.
- Wisconsin’s win over Marquette was No. 300 at the Kohl Center (300- 51, .855 all-time), a venue that opened in January of 1998. The Badgers’ .855 win percentage is the 9th-highest among all NCAA Div. 1 venues.
- Other than last season’s one-year hiatus, Wisconsin and Green Bay renew a rivalry that has been played every year since 1999 and Thursday’s contest will mark the 25th meeting all-time.
- The Badgers own a 23-1 record against Green Bay, going 20-0 in Madison.
- Greg Gard’s first game as head coach was against Green Bay, an 84-79 win on Dec. 23, 2015.
- D’Mitrik Trice, junior, guard, No. 0
- Aleem Ford, redshirt junior, forward, No. 2
- Kobe King, redshirt sophomore, guard, No. 23
- Brad Davison, junior, guard, No. 34
- Nate Reuvers, junior, forward, No. 35
- PJ Pipes, junior, guard, No. 2
- JayQuan McCloud, senior, guard, No. 11
- Trevian Bell, junior forward, No. 13
- Manny Patterson, junior, center, No. 15
- Kameron Hankerson, senior, forward, No. 21