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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska: how to watch and open thread

These are the types of games you can’t lose in the ultra-competitive B1G. Which Badgers team will show up for this one?

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Wisconsin vs Nebraska David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The students are finally back in Madison and their reward is a marquee match up against ::mumbles:: Nebraska in basketball. The Wisconsin Badgers (11-7 overall, 4-3 B1G) return home to tip-off with the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-11 overall, 2-5 B1G) on Tuesday evening needing a win before they kick off a stretch of five games (three on the road) against KenPom top-35 teams.

Wisconsin is heavily favored to beat the Huskers, but still can’t take Nebraska lightly as they have already beaten Purdue and Iowa this year. The Huskers play at a pretty quick pace and will look to force the Badgers out of their methodical offensive sets.

The Badgers will have to keep an eye on Thorir Thorbjarnarson who is hitting 45.9% of his three pointers (61 attempts) and point guard Cam Mack who is one of the league leaders in assists. Nebraska doesn’t turn the ball over much and also doesn’t commit many fouls, two things Wisconsin relies on to win games. Take note of how many free throws the Badgers are getting and if they are aggressive going to the rack or not. It could decide the game.

Someone please get me a taco.

How to watch/listen

TV: BTN, 8:00 p.m., CT, Dave Revsine, Robbie Hummel

Streaming: FOX Sports Go

Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius/XM 372; Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas

Live stats: Here!

Arena: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Line: Wisconsin -15

KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 89%

Fun facts (according to the media guides)

  • The Huskers have players from five different countries on their roster: United States, Canada, Iceland, France and Slovenia. Six if you count New Jersey as a separate country, which I do.
  • Nebraska enters the week leading the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.1 per game. NU has committed 12 or fewer turnovers in each of the last 10 contests.
  • Cam Mack ranks fourth nationally among all power conference players with a 3.52-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play. He is 11th nationally with 6.8 assists per game overall this season.
  • The Badgers lead the all-time series with Nebraska, 16-14, winning 10 of the 14 meetings since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.
  • In Madison, Wisconsin leads the series 8-5 (4-1 in the Kohl Center).
  • Wisconsin has won two in a row against Nebraska but the teams have split their last six meetings.
  • In the 14 games since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the Huskers have averaged a mere 57.7 ppg against the Badgers
  • Huskers senior Haanif Cheatham played Wisconsin twice during his career at Marquette, averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg against the Badgers. He shot 50 percent from the field in the two games.

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


  • Cam Mack, sophomore, guard, No. 3
  • Dachon Burke Jr., junior, guard, No. 11
  • Haanif Cheatham, senior, guard, No. 22
  • Yvan Ouedraogo, freshman, forward, No. 24
  • Thorir Thorbjarnarson, junior, guard No. 34