Let the Gavitt games begin.
No. 9 Wisconsin (1-0) travels to Omaha, Neb., to take on No. 22 Creighton (1-0) as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games — an annual series between the Big Ten and Big East honoring the founder of the latter, Dave Gavitt.
The Badgers and Bluejays have met twice before, most recently in 2012 at the Las Vegas Invitational, when Creighton won, 84-74.
Each team won its respective season opener last week.
Wisconsin basketball at Creighton game time, details
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT
Location: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
The line: Even
What TV channel will show Wisconsin basketball at Creighton?
Fox Sports 1 will televise the nonconference meeting between Wisconsin and Creighton.
How can I watch Wisconsin basketball at Creighton online?
FOX Sports Go will provide live streaming of the game. Click here for information.
How can I listen to Wisconsin basketball at Creighton on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM Channel 81. Click here for a list of Wisconsin radio affiliates. Click here to listen to the Creighton Men’s Basketball flagship station, 1620 AM The Zone. The TunedIn app provides radio coverage from each team.
Who is calling the game for Fox Sports 1?
Tim Brando and Jim Jackson will be on the call for FS1.
Wisconsin at Creighton basketball keys to the game
Picking and choosing on defense
In its season opener, Wisconsin showcased a depth of players who can score and a variety of ways in which they do. When Central Arkansas collapsed on sophomore forward Ethan Happ in the lane, Bronson Koenig was willing and able to take a kick-out pass and drain the open 3-pointer. The challenge for the Bluejays will be to strategically divide their attention.
And it appears the Badgers will have to do the same. Against UMKC last week, Creighton had five players score in double figures.
Controlling the pace
Wisconsin usually has the upper hand over most opponents in controlling the pace. The Badgers’ methodical, patient offense forces teams to often play defense longer than they’re used to. Against a highly productive Creighton team that likes to score in transition, Wisconsin would do well to hang onto the ball as long as it can.
Taking care of the ball
Creighton turned the ball over 17 times last week, and UMKC took advantage, scoring 14 points off takeaways. Complacency on offense gets magnified against Wisconsin’s Happ, who led the Big Ten in steals last season as a freshman. The Badgers are notoriously scrappy and pounce all over sloppy passes, even if it means sacrificing their bodies to poke the ball loose. Most have the scars to prove it.