Dec. 9, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - The No. 20 Badgers face Green Bay in their first true road game, defying the inclement early December weather to compete in the in-state rivalry game this Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
The Badgers (6-1) have begun the 2009-10 with a 6-1 mark for the fifth-consecutive season. The last time UW started the season with a 7-1 record was in 2006-07 when it opened the year with a 21-1 record. Bo Ryan has been at the helm of three 7-1 starts while at UW (8-1 in 2003-04, 10-1 in 2005-06 and 21-1 in 2006-07).
Head coach Bo Ryan is also poised to become just the third coach in UW history to record 200 wins. With his next victory, Ryan (199) will join Hall of Famers Harold Foster (265) and Walter Meanwell (246) in the 200-win club.
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Series Notes Wisconsin owns a perfect 15-0 record vs. Green Bay, including a 2-0 mark in games played in Green Bay. The Badgers recorded a 69-52 win at Green Bay in Ryan's second season at UW (11/30/02). Ryan's eight wins vs. the Phoenix have come by an average of 16.4 points per game.
One to Watch Guard Trevon Hughes was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances in a pair of wins over No. 6 Duke and Grambling State. The senior captain averaged 23.0 points per game last week, including a career-high 26 points vs. Duke on Wednesday. Hughes scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, connecting on four 3-pointers vs. the Blue Devils and adding two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. The point guard followed that performance with 20 points, a career-high seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal vs. GSU last Saturday.
About Green Bay The Phoenix have some pieces to replace from last year's squad that finished second in the Horizon League and qualified for the second-annual CBI tournament, but head coach Tod Kowalczyk still has two of his top-four scorers from that group to lean on. The team loses its top scorer in sixth-man Ryan Tillema (17.2 ppg), and three of its top four rebounders, but point guard Rahmon Fletcher and sharp-shooter Troy Cotton are back to anchor Green Bay's starting five.
Cotton is Green Bay's top returning scorer after averaging 12.6 points last season thanks to stellar 3-point shooting. Two-thirds of Cotton's shot attempts came from downtown, and he helped bolster the Phoenix's outside shooting numbers by connecting on 43 percent of his 3-point attempts to rank 15th nationally in that category.
The Phoenix averaged 72.7 points per game last season, which was due in large part to the team's success from beyond the 3-point arc. Green Bay ranked fifth nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, at 41 percent, and knocked in an average of 8.1 treys per contest.
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