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March 14, 2014

Primer: No. 12 UW vs. Minnesota

Game Info

When and Where: 5:30 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse


Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM


Coach: Bo Ryan, 316-119 in his 13th season at Wisconsin.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Ben Brust 6-1 Sr. 12.4

12 Traevon Jackson 6-2 Jr. 10.8

15 Sam Dekker 6-7 So. 12.9

21 Josh Gasser 6-3 Jr. 9.5

44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Jr. 13.4

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 Fr. 8.0

13 Duje Dukan 6-9 Jr. 2.6

24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 Fr. 2.9

Quick hits: Friday marks the 196th meeting between the two teams, making the Gophers the most played opponent in Wisconsin history. Minnesota leads the all-time series 102-93…Bo Ryan is 17-6 (.739) against Minnesota in his career. Ryan will go for his 700th career victory on Friday…Wisconsin's starting five are the only players on the active roster who have played in a Big Ten Tournament game…The Badgers won the lone Big Ten Tournament meeting between these two programs, 66-52 in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Big Ten Tournament.


Coach: Richard Pitino, 37-26 in his second season at Minnesota.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Andre Hollins 6-2 Jr. 14.6

4 DeAndre Mathieu 5-9 Jr. 11.9

20 Austin Hollins 6-4 Sr. 11.6

24 Joey King 6-9 So. 6.3

55 Elliott Eliason 6-11 Jr. 5.5

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Oto Osenieks 6-8 Jr. 5.4

15 Maurice Walker 6-10 Jr. 7.8

30 Malik Smith 6-2 Sr. 8.4

Quick hits: Minnesota beat Penn State, 63-56, on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament… Prior to last night's game against Penn State, only six Gophers players had appeared in a Big Ten Tournament game. A total of 10 Gophers players saw the court last night…The Gophers are 11-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games played in Indianapolis…A win against the Badgers on Friday would give Richard Pitino a .500 record against the Big Ten in his career (9-10).

Why you should worry: Ohio State is the only team in the country to have beaten Minnesota twice this season.

Why you shouldn't worry: Wisconsin is 5-1 all-time as a No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They have been to two championship games from the No. 2 position - winning it all in 2004 and finishing as runners-up in 2007.

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