The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) are back in action Tuesday afternoon as the Green Bay Phoenix (0-1 overall, 0-0 Horizon) travel down to Madison for a 4 p.m. CST tip-off. UW has dispatched of Eastern Illinois and Arkansas Pine-Bluff relatively easily so far this year while UWGB has only played one game and lost 99-69 to Minnesota.
Not too much can be gleaned from the Phoenix’s one game played so far, but it looks like the leading scorers will again be guards PJ Pipes and Amari Davis. Davis had 17 and Pipes had 13 against the Gophers but neither were particularly efficient, shooting a combined 11-of-35) and they combined for six turnovers compared to only five assists.
Their two tallest players, Terrance Thompson and Japannah Kellogg III, who each stand 6-foot-8 fouled out in a mere 12 minutes of play. Could be another big game in store for Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers.
The Badgers are back in action— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 1, 2020
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How to watch/listen
TV: BTN, 4:00 p.m., CT, Jeff Levering, Brian Butch
Streaming: FOX Sports Go
Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius/XM 196; Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas
Live stats: Here!
Arena: Kohl Center
Line: Wisconsin -25
KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 99%
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Wisconsin’s current 10-game win streak is tied for the sixth-longest win streak in the nation and is the longest among major conference teams.
- The Badgers’ 10-game win streak is the team’s longest since having an 11-game win streak snapped in the 2015 National Championship game.
- The Badgers are now ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll which marks UW’s highest ranking since being ranked No. 3 on March 16, 2015. This is the fourth ever season that the Badgers have appeared in the the AP top-five.
- Green Bay and Wisconsin meet for the 26th time, with the Badgers owning a 24-1 record against the Phoenix, going 21-0 in Madison.
- The Phoenix owns a 3-47 record against current Big Ten programs, with its lone three wins coming against Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin shot 15-for-31 (.484) from three-point range in an 88-70 win over Green Bay last season.
- Green Bay first-year head coach Will Ryan is the son of UW Hall of Fame coach Bo Ryan.
- Greg Gard and Will Ryan worked together on the UW staff from 2002-07, with Gard serving as assistant coach and Will Ryan holding the positions of video coordinator and director of basketball operations.
- Green Bay assistant coach Freddie Owens appeared in 111 games (61 starts) at Wisconsin, scoring 796 career points. Owens helped the Badgers win the 2002 and 2003 Big Ten regular-season and 2004 Big Ten Tournament championships.
- Green Bay assistant coach Brandon Pritzl is the older brother of former Badger Brevin Pritzl (2016-20).
- Green Bay director of operations Sam Vander Plas was a student manager for UW women’s basketball, graduating in 2018.
- Wisconsin senior guard Trevor Anderson played one season with Green Bay before joining the Badgers as a transfer. Anderson started 20 games for the Phoenix in 2016-17.
- Phoenix sophomore guard Amari Davis was named Horizon League Freshman of the Year last season.
- Green Bay has four Wisconsin natives on the roster and they’re all freshmen: redshirt freshman guard Lucas Stieber (Green Bay) and true freshmen forward Ryan Claflin (Brussels), guard Colin Schaefer (Sun Prairie) and forward Terrance Thompson (La Crosse).
- D’Mitrik Trice, 6-foot, redshirt senior, guard, No. 0
- Aleem Ford, 6-foot-8 redshirt senior, forward, No. 2
- Micah Potter, 6-foot-10, redshirt senior, center, No. 11
- Brad Davison, 6-foot-4, senior, guard, No. 34
- Nate Reuvers, 6-foot-11, senior, forward, No. 35
- Josh Jefferson, 6-foot-2, redshirt senior, guard, No. 0
- Amari Davis, 6-foot-3, sophomore, guard, No. 1
- PJ Pipes, 6-foot-2, senior, guard, No. 2
- Japannah Kellogg III, 6-foot-8, redshirt freshman, forward, No. 3
- Paris Taylor, 6-foot-6, junior, forward, No. 14
Per UW: Wisconsin senior guard Walt McGrory underwent successful hip surgery and will be out for an indefinite period of time. #Badgers— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) December 1, 2020