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The first B1G conference game of the year sees the Badgers desperately needing a win.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After three straight games away from home, all losses in case you had forgotten, the Wisconsin Badgers (4-4 overall, 0-0 B1G) return to the comfy shooting confines of the Kohl Center to open up conference play against the Indiana Hoosiers (8-0 overall, 0-0 B1G) on Saturday afternoon.

The Hoosiers have yet to play a road game this year, and coming to the Kohl Center where they haven’t won since 1998 probably isn’t their first choice for a first road game, but the Badgers have been struggling for the last two weeks and look beatable.

Indiana is coming off their best win of the season (blowing out a ranked Florida State team in the B1G/ACC Challenge) while the Badgers are on a three game losing skid that hopefully some home cooking can end.

Wisconsin will have to keep IU off the free throw line as they are the best team in the nation at FTA/FGA and the score a full quarter of their points from the charity stripe. The Hoosiers are also top-30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, so this will be a tough one for the Badgers.

How to watch/listen

TV: BTN, 3:30 p.m., CT, Brian Anderson, Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz

Streaming: FOX Sports app

Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius 83, XM 83; Lane Grindle, Andy North

Live stats: Here!

Arena: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Line: Wisconsin +1

KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 45%

Fun facts (according to the media guides)

  • The Badgers have won 17 of the last 20 games against the Hoosiers and they have won 16 straight over the Hoosiers in Madison.
  • The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 97-74, but the Badgers hold a 43-40 edge for games played in Madison.
  • Since 2002, Wisconsin is 25-6 (.806) all-time against the Hoosiers. Prior to that, UW was 49-90 (.353) all-time vs. Indiana.
  • The last time these two teams played, D’Mitrik Trice scored 12 points for the Badgers, including two free throws with five seconds left in regulation to tie it at 62 and force the first overtime. Trice also hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 68 and force another overtime but Indiana upset No. 19 Wisconsin, 75-73, in a close contest at Assembly Hall.
  • All Wisconsin starters are averaging over eight points per game and four or more rebounds per game.
  • This is Indiana’s first game outside of Assembly Hall this season.
  • IU leads the nation in free throws made per game at 21.4 and free throws attempted at 30.1 per game.
  • Devonte Green, who doesn’t usually start but plays starter’s minutes, put up a career-high 30 points on a game high five three-pointers and added six rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes against FSU.

Probable starters

Wisconsin

  • D’Mitrik Trice, redshirt 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

Indiana

  • Aljami Durham, junior, guard, No. 1
  • Armaan Franklin, freshman, guard, No. 2
  • Justin Smith, junior, forward, No. 3
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, freshman, forward, No. 4
  • Joey Brunk, redshirt junior, center, No. 50