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March 2, 2014

Primer: No. 14 UW vs Penn State


Game Info

When and Where: 11 a.m. Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center.


Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM


Coach: Bo Ryan, 314-118 in his 13th season at Wisconsin.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Ben Brust 6-1 Sr. 12.6

12 Traevon Jackson 6-2 Jr. 10.7

15 Sam Dekker 6-7 So. 13.6

21 Josh Gasser 6-3 Jr. 9.1

44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Jr. 13.2

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 Fr. 7.8

13 Duje Dukan 6-9 Jr. 2.2

24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 Fr. 3.2

Quick hits: Wisconsin has won eight of its last nine trips to the Bryce Jordan Center and leads the all-time series with Penn State 30-10…The Badgers are 10-2 on the road this season. A win on Sunday would give them a school-record 11 road wins in a season…Traevon Jackson has turned the ball over four times in his past 133 minutes of playing time, and owns a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio during that time - the best among Big Ten point guards over that span…Bo Ryan is 19-4 against Penn State, holding an 18-4 mark as the head coach of Wisconsin. His 18-4 record against Penn State, excluding a 4-0 mark against Nebraska, is his second-best winning percentage against any team as head coach of the Badgers (19-4 vs. Indiana).


Coach: Patrick Chambers, 36-55 in his third season at Penn State.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

2 D.J. Newbill 6-4 Jr. 17.6

3 Graham Woodward 6-0 Fr. 3.0

5 Donovan Jack 6-9 So. 7.1

10 Brandon Taylor 6-7 So. 9.2

23 Tim Frazier 6-1 GS 16.0

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

1 John Johnson 6-1 Jr. 7.2

11 Allen Roberts 6-3 GS 5.7

43 Travis Ross 6-6 Jr. 9.1

Quick hits: Penn State has the highest two-point field goal percentage defense in the Big Ten during conference play (43.8 percent)…The Nittany Lions are 2-4 against ranked opponents this season, with both wins coming against Ohio State…D.J. Newbill has scored more total points (497) and hit more field goals (168) than any player in the Big Ten this season. Newbill averaged 17.0 points per game in two regular season meetings with the Badgers last season…Tim Frazier is two rebounds shy of becoming the second Big Ten playing in league history to reach 1,000 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds. Iowa's Jeff Horner (2003-06) is currently the only player to accomplish such a feat…Frazier and Newbill are the only backcourt duo in the country who are in the Top 5 in scoring (5th), rebounding (4th) and assists (t-5th) among top backcourt tandems in the country. They have combined for 33.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game this season…Penn State has had six Big Ten games (the most of any Big Ten team) come down to one-possession this season, coming away with a 3-3 mark. Eight of Penn State's last 13 games have been decided by an average of 2.5 points…The Penn State starting five accounts for 80 percent (1,635 of 2,044) of the team's points this season.

Why you should worry: The last four meetings between Wisconsin and Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center have been decided by an average of 4.3 points. Penn State is 4-5 in games decided by five points or fewer this season.

Why you shouldn't worry: Wisconsin has won 18 straight games against Penn State when scoring at least 60 points. The Badgers have been held under 60 points just four times in 28 games this season.

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