Nebraska (11-6, 2-2 Big Ten) and Wisconsin (9-8, 2-2 Big Ten) meet at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday evening. The matchup is the 27th meeting between the two programs dating back to the 1903-04 season. The Badgers currently hold a 14-12 all-time lead in the series.
The Huskers are 2-8 against Wisconsin since joining the Big Ten. That includes a 1-8 record in regular season play, and a 1-0 record in the Big Ten tournament.
Nebraska and Wisconsin will meet again this season in Madison on Jan. 29.
Nebraska-Wisconsin basketball: Game time, information
Nebraska and Wisconsin play at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 9
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 9
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.
How can I watch the Nebraska-Wisconsin basketball game on TV and online?
Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel will call the game.
How can I listen to the Nebraska-Wisconsin basketball game on the radio?
Nebraska and Wisconsin can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.
Nebraska-Wisconsin basketball preview
Nebraska comes into the matchup against Wisconsin after a 74-62 loss to No. 13 Purdue on Saturday. While the Huskers held the Boilermakers to just 44 percent shooting, Nebraska was ultimately hurt by turnovers. The Huskers had 16 turnovers against Purdue, which led to 19 Boilermakers points. It was Nebraska’s highest turnover total in over a month.
Despite losing to Purdue, James Palmer Jr. had a strong offensive performance for Nebraska. He finished with a game-high 22 points and 7 rebounds. He also leads Nebraska and paces all Big Ten newcomers in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Even more impressive, Palmer has been in double figures 16 of Nebraska’s last 17 contests. He averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the Huskers’ last two games.
As for Wisconsin, the Badgers come to Lincoln after a 64-60 loss at Rutgers on Friday. The loss ended a five-game win streak. Against Rutgers, Wisconsin’s Brevin Pritzl and Brad Davison led the Badgers with 13 points apiece, while Ethan Happ finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
However, Wisconsin shot just 2-of-13 from 3-point range. Turnovers were also an issue, as the Badgers committed 14 turnovers against Rutgers.
Despite battling numerous injuries during the first half of the season, Wisconsin boasts one of the Big Ten’s top players in Happ. The junior forward currently averages 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He leads Wisconsin in all three categories.
Happ has been especially important with guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King out because of injuries. He and Khalil Iverson are the only two on Wisconsin’s roster to have started all 17 games.
On Nebraska’s side, coach Tim Miles plans to stick with his same starting 5 once again. Despite some criticism from Nebraska fans about center Jordy Tshimanga remaining in the starting lineup, Miles has no plan as of now to change things up.
“I started him and then didn’t start him in the second half, but I’m going to roll Jordy out there,” Miles said. “He’s a guy that we’re invested in. We did it with Tai Webster his freshman year and saw it through to the end and made the NCAA Tournament. I’ve just kind of got that same bullish attitude about Jordy.”