After quite literally escaping from their second round game against the Penn State Nittany Lions, the No. 6 seed Wisconsin Badgers (17-11 overall, 10-10 Big Ten) now face a familiar foe on Friday night in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The No. 3 seed Iowa Hawkeyes (20-7 overall, 14-6 Big Ten) are set to tip-off with the Badgers for the third time in five games at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Iowa has beaten the Badgers twice already this year, but in the last game of the regular season UW played their best basketball in months and everyone yelled about the officials for a while. It was, tbqh, a fun basketball game!
Friday has already been a pretty wild day at the Big Ten Tournament. Juwan Howard and Mark Turgeon almost got into a fist fight and Howard ended up getting ejected and Ohio State and Purdue are playing a fun game right now too. One can only imagine what Fran McCaffrey After Dark will bring us tonight!
How to watch/listen
TV: BTN, around 8:00 p.m., CST, Kevin Kugler, Stephen Bardo, Andy Katz
Streaming: FOX Sports Go
Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Sirius/XM 195; Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas
Live stats: Here!
Arena: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Line: Wisconsin +4.5
KenPom Wisconsin win percentage: 34%
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- The Badgers have reached the quarterfinals in 20 of 21 Big Ten tournaments all-time.
- With Thursday night’s win, Wisconsin improved to 26-19 (.578) overall in the Big Ten tournament, including 5-4 under Greg Gard.
- Thursday’s win gave Wisconsin its fifth Quad 1 win of the season, improving to 11-11 in Quad 1 and 2 games according to the NET rankings.
1- ... March On, Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/sqTH8g3xjD— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 12, 2021
- With a win Friday, Wisconsin would advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament for the 13th time in event history. UW has reached the semis in six of the last eight seasons.
- The Badgers are playing the Hawkeyes for the third time in their last five games.
- Wisconsin leads the all-time series 85-84.
- UW has won two of the three Big Ten tournament meetings with Iowa, but this marks the first time the Hawkeyes have held the higher seed.
- The teams have split their last 10 overall games, but the Hawkeyes are on a three game winning streak.
- Senior D’Mitrik Trice tied his career high and the Badgers’ Big Ten tournament record with nine assists against PSU. He turned it over just two times in 31 minutes.
- Wisconsin’s 75 points tied as the team’s 7th-highest scoring output in a Big Ten tournament game.
- Brad Davison now has 213 career 3-point field goals, passing Jason Bohannon (212) and matching Michael Finley (213) for sixth in school history.
- D’Mitrik Trice, 6-foot, redshirt senior, guard, No. 0
- Aleem Ford, 6-foot-8, redshirt senior, forward, No. 2
- Tyler Wahl, 6-foot-9, sophomore, forward, No. 5
- Brad Davison, 6-foot-4, senior, guard, No. 34
- Nate Reuvers, 6-foot-11, senior, forward, No. 35
- Jordan Bohannon, 6-foot-1, redshirt senior, guard, No. 3
- CJ Fredrick, 6-foot-3, sophomore, guard No. 5
- Joe Wieskamp, 6-foot-6, junior, forward, No. 10
- Connor McCaffrey, 6-foot-5, redshirt junior, guard, No. 30
- Luka Garza, 6-foot-11, senior, center, No. 55