Wisconsin will be without G Bronson Koenig for Thursday’s game against Michigan, the team announced. D’Mitrik Trice will start in his place.
D'Mitrik Trice will make his first career start tonight.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) February 16, 2017
Coach Greg Gard told reporters Koenig has been dealing with an undisclosed leg injury after Sunday’s loss to Northwestern. Koenig suffered his leg injury against Penn State, and it has been plaguing him ever since. He’s considered day to day.
Koenig has averaged 13.4 points per game this season, third on the team. He hasn’t missed a game since the second game of his true freshman season in 2013-14, according to Benjamin Worgull of Scout.com.
Tonight will be the first game Bronson Koenig has missed in his career since his second game of his true freshman season (2013-14)
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) February 16, 2017
Trice, the younger brother of former Michigan State sharpshooter Travis Trice, has averaged 5.5 points per game while shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman this season.
According to Brendan Quinn of MLive.com, this is the first time in 38 contests that a lineup of Koenig, Ethan Happ, Nigel Hayes, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown won’t start for the Badgers.
Last time Wisconsin didn't start Koenig-Happ-Hayes-Brown-Showalter was 1/31/16 vs. Illinois. Used same starting lineup 38 straight games.
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) February 16, 2017