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Wisconsin at Penn State: how to watch and open thread

The Badgers are looking to bounce back in a road battle with No. 20 Penn State.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers (9-6 overall, 2-2 B1G) aka The Road Warriors are back at it on Saturday afternoon when they travel to central Pennsylvania to take on the No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions (12-3, 2-2 B1G).

The Badgers are coming off a heartbreaking home loss to Illinois and will be looking to right the ship by upsetting the Nittany Lions who are coming off of a tough loss themselves to the resurgent Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Like they’ve been for the last four years, the Lions will be led by seniors Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins who will go down as two of the better players to ever lace ‘em up for Penn State. The difference in this year’s team from years past is that there is now a solid supporting cast around those two guys. PSU rolls nine deep this year which is helpful for a team that likes to push the pace...which they are.

How to watch/listen

TV: BTN, 1:15 p.m., CT, Wayne Randazzo, Shon Morris

Streaming: FOX Sports app

Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius 83, XM 83; Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas

Live stats: Here!

Arena: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania

Line: Wisconsin +3

KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 38%

Fun facts (according to the media guides)

  • The Badgers have won the last 12 meetings with the Nittany Lions, including seven straight at Penn State.
  • Wisconsin has won 25 of the last 27 against PSU overall dating back to 2004. UW has a 38-10 advantage in the all-time series.
  • This series is now Wisconsin’s longest active win streak since the Badgers lost to Illinois earlier this week, so I’m sure absolutely nothing terrible will happen in this game causing the Badgers to lose another long winning streak.
  • The last time these teams played Wisconsin held Penn State without a field goal over the final 8:01 of the game, pulling out a 61-57 win at the Kohl Center.
  • Last game for the Badgers, UW allowed a season-high 49.1% FG and a season-high 43 points in the second half of the loss to the Illini.
  • Kobe King scored a game-high 21 points, shooting an efficient 10-13 FG on the night and off the bench, junior Micah Potter finished with 13 points (8-8 FT), a team-high nine rebounds and a career high three blocks.
  • Penn State currently has a 13 game win streak at home.
  • If Lamar Stevens scores 86 points against the Badgers he will move into third place on Penn State’s all-time scoring list.
  • Mike Watkins has 249 blocks, which currently ranks first among the NCAA’s Division I active career leaders.

Probable starters


  • 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

Penn State

  • Myreon Jones, sophomore, guard, No. 0
  • Myles Dread, sophomore, guard, No. 2
  • Jamari Wheeler, junior, guard, No. 5
  • Lamar Stevens, senior, forward, No. 11
  • Mike Watkins, senior, forward, No. 24