The Milwaukee Panthers and the Wisconsin Badgers play on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.
Milwaukee improved to 9-2 on the year after knocking off Bradley 73-67 on Saturday. The Panthers shot over 48% from the field and 36% from three-point range. Milwaukee also knocked down 75% of their free throws, going 18 of 24 from the line. Sophomore F Austin Arians and senior F Kyle Kelm both led the team by scoring 17 points, while sophomore F Matt Tiby added 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the win. Aaron scored 9 of 13 points in the final four minutes, including a three-pointer late that gave the Panthers for good. On the year, Tiby is averaging a team-high 14.7 points per game, while Aaron averages 13.5. Tiby also leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per contest. Milwaukee has now won three straight home games and is off to one of their best starts since 2002. The Panthers lost their first game of the year, and then won four straight before losing to DePaul and now have won five straight games since then. This will be Milwaukee’s fifth road game of the year and definitely the toughest; the Panthers are 4-1 on the road so far this season.
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The Wisconsin Badgers improved to 10-0 on the year after beating Marquette 70-64 on Saturday. The Badgers shot 40% from the field and only 27% from behind the arc. Wisconsin knocked down 82.6% of their free throws, going 19 of 23 from the line. Sophomore F Sam Dekker had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Wisconsin, who snapped a two-game losing streak in the intrastate rivalry. Junior F Frank Kaminsky added 11 points, including a big three to give Wisconsin a six point lead with a minute left in the game. Senior G Ben Brust added 13 points, 10 in the second half, while backcourt mate junior G Traevon Jackson scored 12 for the Badgers. On the season, Kaminsky and Dekker are both averaging over 14 points and 6 rebounds a game to lead Wisconsin in scoring and rebounding. Jackson leads the team in assists, averaging 4.8 a game. The Badgers have won four straight games against solid opponents in Saint Louis, West Virginia, UVA, and now Marquette. Wisconsin has throttled most teams at home this year and will be looking to win their sixth home game of the season on Wednesday night.
Wisconsin has won the last 10 meetings with Milwaukee, including a 21 point win at Milwaukee last season. The games are usually low scoring when these two teams play and the Panthers have not reached 60 points against the Badgers in the last seven meetings. I don’t see this matchup being any different as Wisconsin should limit the Panthers offensively, while the Badgers will distribute the ball on offense and knock down open shots all night long. Wisconsin wins big here.