Dec. 4, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - Coming off consecutive wins over top-25 teams, Wisconsin sets its sights on Grambling State Saturday at noon at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers (5-1) have opened each of the last seven seasons with a record of 5-1 or better. UW has begun the season with a 6-1 record 27 times overall, including last season.
Wisconsin has now knocked off back-to-back opponents ranked among the AP top 25 (No. 21 Maryland and No. 6 Duke) for the first time since beating three straight top-25 teams in the 2000 NCAA tournament. In that run, the Badgers beat No. 4 Arizona, No. 10 LSU and No. 25 Purdue on their way to the Final Four.
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Series Notes The Badgers have faced Grambling State on one previous occasion, besting the Tigers 103-83 on Dec. 29, 1993. Overall, Wisconsin owns a 6-0 record against teams from the SWAC, including a 92-39 win over Southern (11/19/06) and an 81-58 win over Texas Southern (12/21/02) in the Bo Ryan era.
One to Watch Guard Trevon Hughes enters Saturday's game off a stellar performance on Wednesday, leading his team to a 73-69 upset over No. 6 Duke. Hughes registered a career-high 26 points vs. Duke, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The senior captain turned up the heat in the second half, scoring 19 points and going 6-for-9 from the field, including a pair of huge treys down the stretch. Equally as impressive, Hughes went the entire 38 minutes without a single turnover. Hughes tied his previous career-high of 25 points on a free throw with four second left and then bested his career mark by nailing the second free throw to put Wisconsin up 72-69.
About Grambling State The Tigers visit the Kohl Center with a 1-3 record on the season, defeating Paul Quinn College 75-61 for their sole win. GSU faced Marquette earlier this year as well, falling 87-41 to the Golden Eagles. Last year, Grambling State ranked in the top three of its conference for 3-point field goal percentage (.342) , blocked shots (55, avg. 3.1), and 3-point field goals made (105, avg. 5.9), although they finished last overall with a 4-14 record. The Tigers are now under new direction of first-year interim head coach Bobby Washington, as he looks to improve on last year's 6-23 finish and put his team in contention for the SWAC title.
The Tigers are led by senior Ariece Perkins, who has registered a team-high 62 points on the season, averaging 15.5 per game. The veteran guard also leads the team in assists (12) and steals (10) on the year. Last season, Perkins finished among the top 15 high scorers in the SWAC (14, 225 points), as well as fifth in the conference with 73 assists and a 78.8 free throw percentage.
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