Wisconsin basketball plays Western Kentucky on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The game starts at 7 p.m.. CT. Wisconsin lost at home against Marquette on Saturday and dropped to 4-7 this season.
Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Western Kentucky play at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 13
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 13
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Western Kentucky will play on FS1.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Western Kentucky game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.
Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball preview
Wisconsin’s early-season struggles continued during an 82-63 loss at home against Marquette on Saturday.
Wisconsin did not have the services of point guard D’Mitrik Trice or guard Kobe King. Trice underwent foot surgery Monday and will begin rehab in 2-3 weeks. School officials announced King would require season-ending left knee surgery.
These are huge blows for the Badgers. Trice was averaging more minutes per game (31.5) than any other player on the team. He ranked third on the team in scoring (9.4 points) and second with 23 assists. King’s minutes had increased significantly, and he played a season-high 34 minutes in the Big Ten opener against Ohio State. Without them, Wisconsin’s backcourt rotation is in trouble.
Brad Davison slid over from off guard and took over the starting point guard role for Trice, while Brevin Pritzl entered the starting lineup again. Davison played 38 minutes Saturday — including all 20 in the first half — because the Badgers are so limited if he isn’t on the floor. Walk-on T.J. Schlundt was the backup point guard, and the Badgers dressed freshman Walt McGrory in case of an emergency. McGrory is taking a redshirt season.
Badgers coach Greg Gard said he learned of Trice’s injury status Friday morning but didn’t find out about King until 9 p.m. King was supposed to be the backup point guard Saturday, and Wisconsin had no time to practice for an alternative.
“To have to adjust and to have different people out there without any repetition puts a little more stress on it,” Gard said. “But it is what it is, it’s part of the game and we’ve got to continue to improve and regroup.”
Gard said he believed Wisconsin felt the absence of Trice and King more defensively than offensively because of their ability to defend the perimeter. Marquette buried 14 of 22 3-pointers (63.6 percent).
Wisconsin is 4-7 and staring at the real possibility of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997-98. Without Trice and King, things could get worse for the Badgers before they get better.
Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ continues to lead the team in scoring (16.3 points) and rebounding (8.6). He and Davison have been the most consistent players this season but have not found a lot of help. Davison scored a career-high 20 points against Marquette, and Pritzl added 10 points.
Western Kentucky is coming off an 89-84 loss to Ohio. The Hilltoppers have demonstrated incredibly balanced scoring, with six players averaging double figures in scoring. Darius Thompson leads Western Kentucky at 13.8 points per game. Justin Johnson is averaging 11.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Western Kentucky is 6-3 and has a victory this season against Big Ten power Purdue, defeating the Boilermakers 77-73 on Nov. 23.