MADISON, Wis. – The matchup with Green Bay will always mean a little something extra to Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard.
Around this time last year, Gard appeared in and won his first game as Wisconsin’s head coach against the Phoenix, 84-79.
It was the sixth consecutive win No. 14 Wisconsin (9-2) earned against its in-state rivals and 21st overall. The Badgers look to continue their spotless 18-0 home record against Green Bay (4-5) and current five-game win streak when the teams meet Wednesday night.
Wisconsin basketball vs. Green Bay game time, details
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14
Time: 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
The line: Wisconsin is a 24-point favorite
What TV channel broadcasts Wisconsin basketball vs. Green Bay?
Big Ten Network will televise the meeting between the teams.
How can I watch Wisconsin basketball vs. Green Bay online?
The game will be streamed live on BTN2Go.com as well as on the BTN mobile app.
How can I listen to Wisconsin basketball vs. Green Bay on the radio?
Badger Sports Network will cover the game for Wisconsin. You can listen at BadgerSportsNetwork.com or on the iHeartRadio app (search WIBA). Click here for a list of all Wisconsin radio affiliates.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Brandon Gaudin and Shon Morris will be on the call for BTN.
Wisconsin basketball vs. Green Bay keys to the game
Keep production high …
Through their first six games, the Badgers averaged 69.7 points per game. In their most recent five-game win streak, however, they’ve shifted into a whole new gear, putting up 86.6 per contest. The increased scoring has been especially helpful as they work out some kinks on defense.
… and turnovers low
Wisconsin’s increase in scoring is thanks in part to a whole lot of passing. When they’re at their best, there aren’t many teams better than the Badgers at moving the ball in and out of the paint. And as the ball has been moving more, turnovers have dropped. Wisconsin has successfully decreased its turnovers per game from 13.7 to 9.4 in the past five wins.
Be ready to move
On paper, Green Bay moves the ball as much as Wisconsin. Maybe not as successfully — they are 4-5 after all — but the Phoenix had five players score in double digits in their most recent loss to Central Michigan. It’s a trend with them, win or lose, and something that could give the Badgers problems if they continue to struggle with defending dribble handoffs and ball screens.