MADISON, Wis. — No. 17 Wisconsin (6-2) knows Oklahoma (5-1), just not this version.
The teams square off at the Kohl Center on Saturday for the third consecutive season. But while the Badgers returned all but one roster member this season, the Sooners had to replace three starters from last season’s Final Four squad.
This will be the ninth meeting overall between Wisconsin and Oklahoma, a series that is knotted at four wins apiece.
Wisconsin basketball vs. Oklahoma game time, details
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: Noon CT/1 p.m. ET
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
The line: Wisconsin is a 9-point favorite.
What TV channel broadcasts Wisconsin basketball vs. Oklahoma?
Big Ten Network will televise the meeting between the teams.
How can I watch Wisconsin basketball vs. Oklahoma 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. Oklahoma 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) or on Sirius 93/XM 196. Click here for a list of all Wisconsin radio affiliates.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Brian Anderson and Seth Davis will be on the call for BTN.
Wisconsin basketball vs. Oklahoma keys to the game
Keep it moving
Wisconsin’s ball movement against Syracuse on Tuesday was impeccable and easily the biggest key to success over the Orange. Granted, Syracuse played a zone, so the flight patterns won’t be directly transferable to a traditional man-to-man, but if the Badgers can capture that same level of execution and take care of the ball as well as they did, Oklahoma will have a tough time keeping up.
Clean the glass
Even in recent wins, Oklahoma has lost the overall rebounding battle, an area Wisconsin has been dominating. The Badgers have been especially impressive on the defensive glass, limiting opponents to just 6.1 second-chance points per game. Nearly a quarter of the Sooners’ points in their 87-66 win over Northern Colorado on Tuesday came off second-chancers, so the Badgers would do well to maintain the trend of keeping bodies out.
The Badger have had an ice-cold shooting performance (a 71-56 loss to North Carolina) and one that left the net charred (a 77-60 win over Syracuse). The difference? Shot selection. During the latter game, Wisconsin had open 3-point looks but passed on a number of them for a higher-percentage shot. The Badgers shot nearly 50 percent from the field, their most efficient shooting so far this season.