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Feb. 23 - March 1
UW AIMS FOR 18TH BIG TEN TITLE ON SENIOR DAY
Wisconsin will honor its four seniors (Duje Dukan, Josh Gasser, Traevon Jackson and Frank Kaminsky) in Sunday's home finale against Michigan State. The Badgers need one win to clinch at least a share of the 2015 Big Ten regular season championship.
NOTES TO KNOW
1 HISTORIC START: At 25-3, UW is off to the second-best start in program history (26-2 in 2006-07). The Badgers' 13-2 Big Ten record matches their best-ever start.
2 WIN-SCONSIN: UW is just one win away from clinching its 18th Big Ten regular season championship and the fourth title under Bo Ryan (also in 2002, 2003 and 2008).
3 CALL TO THE HALL: Bo Ryan has been named one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 inductees will be announced on April 6.
4 SPECIAL K-AMINSKY: Kaminsky is putting together a national player of the year type season and has elevated his game during conference play, averaging 18.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg while shooting 55.4%. Overall, he leads the B1G with 10 double-doubles.
5 DEKKER MAKING ALL-B1G PUSH: With a career-high 22 points last week at Penn State, junior Sam Dekker is making a push for First-Team All-Big Ten. He is averaging 14.0 ppg and 6.1 rpg while shooting 52.6% during league play.
6 POINT TAKEN: In 11 games since taking over as starting PG, Bronson Koenig has averaged 12.0 ppg, shooting 26-for-57 (.456) on 3FGs. On the season, his 3.3 A/TO ratio is sixth in the NCAA (min. 30 assists).
7 NATION'S BEST OFFENSE: According to Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, the Badgers are the nation's No. 2 offense, averaging 122.0 points per 100 possessions. UW is second in the Big Ten shooting 47.6% from the field.
8 HAYES' EXPANDED GAME: The 2014 B1G Sixth Man of the Year, Nigel Hayes is now a starter and averaging 12.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg this season. He is shooting 52.8% on the season and 41.4% (12-29) on 3FGs during B1G play.
9 "CAPTAIN AMERICA": Senior Josh Gasser scored his 1,000th career point last Saturday vs. Minnesota and joined Michael Finley as the only Badgers to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists.
10 THAT TAKES CLASS: Seniors Gasser and Dukan have been a part of 106 wins, the winningest class in Wisconsin history.
11 UW DOESN'T BEAT ITSELF: UW leads the nation in fewest fouls (12.7 avg.), fewest turnovers (7.5 TOs avg.) and fewest opposing FTAs per game (11.6). The Badgers also rank 8th in the NCAA in scoring defense (55.6 ppg).
12 HOME COOKING: Wisconsin has won 11 straight Big Ten home games and is a remarkable 105-14 (.882) at home vs. the B1G under Bo Ryan. this season, the Badgers' eight Big Ten home wins have come by an average of 16.1 ppg.
ALL-TIME VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Sunday's game will mark the 137th meeting between Wisconsin and Michigan State, with the series dating back to 1922. MSU leads the all-time series, 75-61, however the Badgers own a 44-24 edge in Madison.
Sunday marks the only regular-season meeting between UW and MSU. The teams split a pair of contests last season with the Badgers winning, 60-58, in Madison and the Spartans winning, 83-75, in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
UW is 14-12 against the Spartans under Bo Ryan, including a mark of 9-2 at the Kohl Center.
Since Ryan took over at UW in 2001-02, the Badgers are the only Big Ten team to own a winning record against Michigan State (min. three games).
MSU is one of just four Big Ten teams with multiple victories (2) at the Kohl Center in the Ryan era.
Including Sunday's matchup, at least one team has been ranked in 26 of the last 27 meetings.
Bo Ryan (.713) and MSU head coach Tom Izzo (.685) currently rank first and third, respectively, in career Big Ten win percentage.
Izzo (20 years) and Ryan (14 years) are the two longest-tenured coaches in the Big Ten.
Over 11 home meetings vs. MSU under Bo Ryan, the Badgers have limited the Spartans to an average of 59.7 ppg. MSU has not scored more than 64 points in any of those 11 meetings.
NOTES FROM UW's LAST GAME
#14 MARY 59, UW 53 - 2/24/15 - COLLEGE PARK, MD.
UW's 10-game win streak was snapped with a 59-53 loss at No. 14 Maryland on Tuesday. The Badgers trailed by 11 points at halftime, but rallied to tie the game at 47-47 with 6:36 left. The Terrapins would close out the win with a 12-6 run.
Senior Frank Kaminsky finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while junior Sam Dekker had 14 points, nine boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore Nigel Hayes also contributed 10 points.
The Badgers shot 48.0% from the field and 45.5% from 3-point range (5-11) in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome 29.6% shooting (9.1% on 3FGs) in the opening 20 minutes.
BADGERS MATCH BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
The Badgers are off to a 25-3 start, the second-best start in 117 years of Wisconsin basketball (26-2 in 2006-07).
Over the last 20 seasons, a Big Ten team has started 25-3 or better just six times. UW is the only scool to do it twice.
UW is off to its first-ever 13-2 start to Big Ten play. The Badgers are just the seventh team since 2002 to start 13-2 or better in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin has now won 25 games for just the eighth time in school history. All eight occurrences have come with Bo Ryan at the helm.
Wisconsin is 12-2 against the NCAA's official RPI top 100 this season, including five wins over the top 50. Only Kentucky (15), Duke (15), Kansas (15), Virginia (14), Villanova (14) and Arizona (13) have more wins over teams ranked in the top 100.
The Badgers are 3-2 this season against teams ranked in either the AP or Coaches poll.
Over the last 2 seasons, Wisconsin is 9-4 (.692) vs. teams ranked in the AP Top 25, owning the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation.
NATION'S BEST OFFENSE
A program known for defense, Wisconsin has steadily become one of the nation's most potent offenses. According to Ken Pomeroy, the Badgers rank No. 2 in offensive efficiency this season, averaging 122.0 points per possession.
The Badgers also rank fifth in the nation averaging 1.19 Points Per Possession. That is on pace to equal the highest PPP number of the Bo Ryan era.
Last season, the Badgers scored 73.5 points per game, which was the school's highest average in 20 years when UW tallied 77.9 ppg in 1993-94.
Through 15 Big Ten games, the Badgers rank fourth in the conference in scoring (70.0 ppg).
UW is shooting 47.6% from the field this season, which would rank as the sixth-highest mark in school history. The Badgers' 75.0% free throw percentage would be the third-highest in UW history.
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LET'S BE FRANK: KAMINSKY AMONG NATION'S BEST
Just the third AP Preseason All-American in UW history, Frank Kaminsky is putting together a Player of the Year-caliber season. ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and NBC.com list Kaminsky No. 1 on their Wooden Award Watch Lists. Ken Pomeroy has Kaminsky as the leader in his KenPom Player of the Year race.
Simply put, Kaminsky is doing it all for Wisconsin. He leads the Badgers in points (17.7), rebounds (8.3), assists (66), blocks (43), steals (22), FG% (.554) and 3FG% (.397). He also paces the team in FTs (104) and FTAs (139).
Kaminsky is the only major conference player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
The senior forward is the only player in NCAA Div. I averaging at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
Kaminsky might not only be the best player in college basketball, but also the most valuable. He did not play in the Badgers' only Big Ten loss (at Rutgers).
With Kaminsky on the floor, the Badgers have out-scored their opponents by 431 points. Without Kaminsky on the court, UW has scored just 14 more points than its foes.
Kaminsky owns a +16.3 plus/minus ratio. UW is just +0.4 plus/minus without Kaminsky.
He has eclipsed the 20-point mark in 7 of UW's last 12 games and 10 times on the season. The former Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week (Jan. 5), Kaminsky has scored in double figures in 22 straight games and 27 out of 28 games played this season.
Kaminsky has posted a Big Ten-leading 10 double-doubles on the season and is the only player to rank among the Big Ten's top five in both points and rebounds. On Jan. 5, he was named Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week.
Kaminsky is currently 20th in UW annals with 1,203 career points. With 569 rebounds, he's just the second player in Wisconsin history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks (Mike Wilkinson had 1,532 points, 856 reb. and 117 blocks).
The Lisle, Illinois, native has garnered three Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season and a UW record five in his career.
SLAM DEKKER: JUNIOR FORWARD COMING UP B1G LATELY
Named to the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, Sam Dekker has elevated his play during Big Ten season. After battling a nagging ankle injury during the non-conference schedule, the junior forward is now healthy and having the most productive stretch of his career.
A preseason All-Big Ten selection, Dekker has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 18 games and is averaging 14.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game during Big Ten play. Through 15 conference games, Dekker is shooting 52.6% from the field (seventh in B1G).
Dekker was recently named a finalist for the Julius Erving Award, given to the nation's top small forward. He is one of just five players averaging at least 14.0 ppg and 6.1 rpg during Big Ten play, along with Frank Kaminsky, D'Angelo Russell (OSU), Denzel Valentine (MSU) and Aaron White (Iowa).
Dekker has posted a pair of 20+ point games recently, scoring a career-high 22 points (9-13 FGs, 3-6 3FGs) on Feb. 18 at Penn State and notching 21 points at Nebraska (2/10).
Dekker has played particularly well away from home, averaging 13.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg while shooting a team-high 52.6% in road/neutral site games.
On the season, Dekker ranks second on the Badgers averaging 13.1 ppg and third with 5.3 rpg. He ranks eighth in the Big Ten shooting 52.1% from the field overall and is shooting 33.7% (33-98) on 3FGs and 68.3% at the FT line (56-82).
POINT TAKEN: KOENIG STEPS UP
When Traevon Jackson went down with a foot injury at Rutgers (1/11), Bronson Koenig took over the starting point guard role for the Badgers. The sophomore has flourished in his new role.
In 11 games as the Badgers' starting point guard, Koenig is averaging 12.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He has gone 26-for-57 (45.6%) from 3-point range over the last 11 games. Koenig has turned the ball over just 11 times in 397 minutes as the starting PG (one every 36.1 min).
On the season, Koenig has 63 assists to just 19 turnovers. His 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio is sixth in the nation among the NCAA Div. I players with at least 50 assists.
BO RYAN ON HALL OF FAME DOORSTEP
Wisconsin entered the season with its highest-ever preseason ranking, checking in at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. UW has only opened the season in AP top-10 on two occassions: No. 9 in 2006 and No. 10 in 1962.
The Badgers were also tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State at No. 2 and Ohio State at No. 3. This season marks Wisconsin's first-ever preseason No. 1 ranking under Bo Ryan. The Badgers have been in the top three of the preseason rankings six times during Ryan's tenure.
Senior Frank Kaminsky was named to the 2014-15 preseason All-American team as announced by the Associated Press. Since 1986-87, when the AP started its preseason squad, Kaminsky is the third player in Wisconsin history to earn such distinction joining Jordan Taylor (2011) and Michael Finley (1994).
Junior Sam Dekker also received votes for the AP preseason All-American team.
Kaminsky was also tabbed the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by a panel of conference media members. A unanimous choice for Preseason All-Big Ten, Kaminsky was joined on the All-Conference team by Dekker, marking the first time UW has ever had two players on the preseason list.
The author of more than 700 wins, 17 championships and countless conference and national coach of the year accolades, Bo Ryan has certainly put together one of the more decorated coaching careers in history. On Feb. 14, that was validated as Ryan was named one of 12 finalists to be considered for election in the Class of 2015 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "I'm extremely humbled and honored just to be mentioned with the other names on the nominee list," Ryan said. "The Hall of Fame holds so many revered legends of basketball and many of the individuals who originally sparked my love for the game. When I first planted my coaching roots years ago at the junior high level, I did so to be a teacher and help kids like my father did so selflessly. I never had intentions or even thoughts of being on Hall of Fame lists, but it's quite an honor and I'm grateful to all of the players and coaches who have helped along the way. I have been bless to work at some prestigious institutions that were willing to take a chance on me. I am thankful to so many individuals who granted me opportunities and tursted in me."
The Class of 2015 will be announced on Monday, April 6, at a press conference in Indianapolis prior to the NCAA men's championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Massachussetts, on Sept. 10-11.
Ryan was the 34th coach in history and one of just seven active Division I coaches with 700 wins, joining Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Bob Huggins (W. Virginia), Roy Williams (N. Carolina), John Beilein (Michigan) and Rick Pitinio (Louisville).