After nearly a week off, the #17 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (19-8, 10-4) are back in action Tuesday night to host the Nebraska Huskers (13-14, 4-10) at the Kohl Center. BTN has TV coverage with tip-off at 8:00 PM CT.
These two squads met on January 6th in Lincoln for Wisconsin's first B1G road game of the year. The Badgers and Huskers both debuted their alternate "Bleed Out" Adidas uniforms for the game (pictured above), and they'll be wearing these threads again for tonight's game.
The last meeting was a classic defensive battle that was played while the Badgers were still looking for answers on the offensive side of the ball. The Badgers controlled momentum for most of the game, until a Husker three pointer with 6:19 to play gave Nebraska their first lead of the game. Wisconsin showed their first signs of incredible resiliency that game, battling back and holding Nebraska to just one made basket the rest of the game. Despite 37.7% shooting, the Badgers came out of Lincoln with a 47-41 victory.
Wisconsin has really fixed their offensive issues down the stretch run of this Big Ten season, and it's really shown in the win column; the Badgers have won 5 of their last 6 games. Nebraska, in contrary, has struggled mightily to score this season, averaging 59.0 points a game, good enough for 332nd in Division I hoops.
One reason Badger fans should be concerned about tonight's matchup with the Huskers; first year Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles has won at the Kohl Center against Bo Ryan before, when he was at North Dakota State. On January 21st, 2006, Miles and NDSU shocked Wisconsin in a 62-55 upset at the Kohl Center.
A key for tonight's game for the Badgers is to come out with intensity and relentlessness. Wisconsin is obviously a better basketball team then Nebraska, but they seem to play lackluster and lazy basketball when they meet up with lesser teams at the Kohl Center. If they don't come out energized, Nebraska could get an "Iowa-type" win at the Kohl Center.
I don't think the Senior trio of Berggren-Evans-Bruesewitz will lay down that easily in their penultimate game at the Kohl Center, so I think Wisconsin wins this one comfortably.
Also, UW's assistant coaches have been working with Evans to fix his free throw shooting issues, and they think they've found a problem to solution. Look for Ryan Evans to debut his "jump shot" free throw if he gets to the line tonight. That's right, Ryan Evans now shoots his free throws as jumpers.
Prediction: Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 45