Wisconsin basketball plays Minnesota on Monday, Feb. 19. The game starts at 8 p.m. CT. Wisconsin defeated Purdue on Thursday to improve to 12-16 this season, including 5-10 in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin-Minnesota basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Minnesota play at 8 p.m. CT on Monday, Feb. 19.
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Date: Monday, Feb. 19
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Minnesota basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Minnesota will play on FS1.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Minnesota basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Minnesota game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.
Wisconsin-Minnesota basketball preview
Wisconsin is coming off a 57-53 upset victory against No. 6 Purdue on Thursday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers put together their most significant win of the season on a night in which former Wisconsin great Frank Kaminsky had his jersey hung in the rafters.
Ethan Happ and Brad Davison led Wisconsin to the victory. Happ tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Davison contributed 16 points. Brevin Pritzl hit some clutch free throws down the stretch and scored 8 points.
One reason Wisconsin has struggled so mightily in recent weeks has been the team’s inability to start strong and play sound defense. Four days earlier, Michigan opened the game with a 15-2 lead and built its advantage to 25 points before the Badgers made a comeback. Wisconsin fell behind Northwestern 18-1. When Wisconsin played at Purdue last month, the Boilermakers jumped out to leads of 12-0 and 23-4.
But on Thursday night, Wisconsin hung tough, even as its offense took time to develop. The Badgers scored only 9 points in the first 12 minutes but entered halftime tied 21-21. Wisconsin rode the emotion of the most electric home crowd this season thanks to Kaminsky’s jersey retirement ceremony and pulled away in the final 5 minutes.
Barring a miraculous run through the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin’s NCAA Tournament streak will end at 19 consecutive appearances. But this is a team that continues to build toward the future, and the result Thursday was a huge step in the right direction. The Badgers had won only two games since Jan. 2, and it’s been easy for the fan base to express dissatisfaction during this atypical season. Wisconsin can point to the Purdue game as reason to be excited moving forward.
Davison, who is averaging 11.5 points per game, is in rare company as a double-digit scorer in his rookie campaign. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman seasons. But Davison has been forced to carry a heavy burden without injured guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King. Davison also has been hampered by a left shoulder injury that limits his mobility.
Minnesota is coming off an 87-57 loss at home against Michigan State on Tuesday. The Gophers have been one of the most disappointing teams in the Big Ten and are 14-14 overall, including 3-12 in league games.
Minnesota is led by Jordan Murphy, who is averaging 17.4 points per game. Nate Mason (16.4 points) also is scoring in double figures. Gophers coach Richard Pitino announced Saturday that Amir Coffey (14.0 points) would miss the rest of the season after undergoing right shoulder surgery.