No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers at Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview

The No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (21-5, 12-4 B1G) play the Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-12, 4-12 B1G) inside Williams Arena in this rivalry matchup tonight at 8:00 PM (Central Time) on the Big Ten Network (BTN).

The Badgers survived Minnesota, 66-60, at the Kohl Center in the first meeting this season.

The Badgers have won three straight in the series and the all-time series is tied 104-104.

UW freshman guard Lorne Bowman will miss his second consecutive game tonight due to illness (not covid). The Badgers are already down Jahcobi Neath, who’s serving a one game suspension. This is a huge opportunity for Jordan Davis.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Minnesota:

Luke Loewe (8.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Payton Willis (15.6 ppg, 4.3 apg)

E.J. Stephens (10.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

Jamison Battle (16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

Eric Curry (8.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

Wisconsin:

Chucky Hepburn (7.7 ppg, 2.2 apg)

Brad Davison (14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

Johnny Davis (20.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg)

Tyler Wahl (11.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

Steven Crowl (9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

The first matchup was a tougher matchup than I think most people expected, and I think tonight will be another tough matchup.

I think this is a game where the Badgers are going to have to shoot well. Minnesota is shooting around 50-percent from the field in their last six home games. The thing Wisconsin does to supplement their offense — getting to the foul line, taking care of the ball, limiting/shutting down second chance opportunities, etc. — the Gophers also do those things well. Minnesota is 9-2 when limiting their opponents to under 70 points.

I’m hoping the incident against Michigan doesn’t serve as a distraction for the Badgers and UW can’t expect another quiet performance from Jamison Battle like in the first meeting.

Prediction:

Wisconsin 70, Minnesota 67.

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