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It is the final stop on the ol’ Revenge Tour. Can the Badgers right the wrong of a few weeks ago?

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers (18-10 overall, 11-6 B1G) are one of the hottest teams in the country, having rattled off five straight wins, and welcome the reeling Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-14 overall, 7-10 B1G), losers of four of their last five, to the Kohl Center on Sunday evening.

While the Badgers are favored to win this game they cannot discount how Minnesota completely dominated them a month ago in an embarrassing 70-52 loss in Minneapolis. Wisconsin has looked like a completely different team since that game however and playing at the Kohl Center will definitely be an advantage for UW.

The Revenge Tour that the Badgers have been on during the second half of the season has been incredibly enjoyable and it would be nice to cap it off with a win over the Gophers to start March correctly.

How to watch/listen

TV: BTN, 5:30 p.m., CT, Cory Provus, Jess Settles

Streaming: FOXSportsGO

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

Live stats: Here!

Arena: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Line: Wisconsin -6

KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 66%

Fun facts (according to the media guides)

  • The Badgers have won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Gophers, as well as getting wins in seven of the last eight home meetings.
  • The Gophers, however, are looking for their second-straight win in Madison since 1983-84 and first season sweep of the Badgers in 11 years.
  • Wisconsin is on a five game winning streak, their longest of the season.
  • UW has eight Quad 1 wins, the most in the Big Ten.
  • UW has played 15 Quad 1 games, only Iowa State (16) has played more.
  • The Badgers are 5-1 against the top 25 of the NET rankings.
  • Over its five game win streak, five different Badgers have led UW in scoring: Pritzl (OSU), Davison (NEB), Ford (PUR), Potter (RU) and Trice (MICH). Four of the five marked individual season-high totals.
  • Wisconsin and Minnesota will be playing for the 206th time on Sunday, making the Gophers the most-played opponent in UW history.
  • Minnesota leads the all-time series, 104-101, but the Badgers hold a 64-34 edge in Madison.
  • Wisconsin shot a season-low 28.4% FG, while allowing 41% FG, and suffered a 70-52 loss at Minnesota on Feb. 5th.
  • Junior forward Micah Potter recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds (eight points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone).
  • Redshirt sophomore guard Marcus Carr became the Gophers’ all-time single-season assists leader on Wednesday against Maryland. Carr had seven assists which moved him past Arriel McDonald’s 26-year old record of 179 assists. He now has 182 on the season, and is eight away from tying Ray Williams’ record of 118 in Big Ten games with three remaining conference contests.
  • In his seventh season, Richard Pitino now stands fifth among all-time Gopher head coaches in win total, moving past Tubby Smith (124).
  • The 18-point margin of victory over Wisconsin last month was the largest for the Gophers in the annual series since a 76-57 win at Williams Arena on March 4, 1992. The victory also marked the first triumph over the Badgers at Williams Arena in more than six years.

Probable starters

Wisconsin

  • D’Mitrik Trice, redshirt junior, guard, No. 0
  • Brevin Pritzl, redshirt senior, guard, No. 1
  • Aleem Ford, redshirt junior, forward, No. 2
  • Brad Davison, junior, guard, No. 34
  • Nate Reuvers, junior, forward, No. 35

Minnesota

  • Payton Willis, redshirt junior, guard, No. 0
  • Marcus Carr, redshirt sophomore, guard, No. 5
  • Gabe Kalscheur, sophomore, guard, No. 22
  • Daniel Oturu, sophomore, center, No. 25
  • Alihan Demir, senior, forward, No. 30