|| ILLINOIS STATE
|| W, 71-60
|| RV VANDERBILT
|| at Drake
|| Junkanoo Jam
vs. #1 South Carolina
vs. East Carolina
| L, 43-61
|| at Miami
|| W, 89-64
|| at Florida
|| at RV Green Bay
|| ORAL ROBERTS
|| W, 70-52
|| W, 63-53
||at RV Northwestern
|| L, 46-68
|| L, 60-72
|| W, 65-46
|| L, 52-69
|| W, 65-56
|| 7 p.m.
||at Michigan State
|| 1 p.m.
||RV OHIO STATE
|| 8 p.m.
|| 2 p.m.
|| 2 p.m.
||at #23 Minnesota
||at #16 Nebraska
|| 2 p.m.
|| 8 p.m.
|| 3 p.m.
||at #22 Iowa
|| 7 p.m.
||at Penn State
||Big Ten Tournament
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BADGERS PLAY SECOND STRAIGHT RANKED OPPONENT
Wisconsin (7-10 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) plays its second straight ranked team as No. 16 Nebraska (14-3, 4-2) comes to town. The Badgers and Cornhuskers tip at 7 p.m. on Thursday from the Kohl Center.
For the first time in more than a year, Wisconsin picked up a road win in Big Ten play. The Badgers defeated Purdue, 65-56, at Mackey Arena on Jan. 15.
The last time UW won a Big Ten road game was on Jan. 3, 2014, when it defeated Illinois, 76-64, in overtime in Champaign.
UW also won in West Lafayette for the first time since 2010 and for only the fifth time in series history.
Wisconsin couldn’t keep its winning ways going, falling to No. 24 Rutgers, 73-63, on Sunday at the Kohl Center. The Badgers had three players score in double figures.
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EQUALING LAST SEASON
Wisconsin equaled its Big Ten win total from 2013-14 and 2012-13 (3-13) with the win at Purdue on Thursday.
The Badgers went 5-11 in Big Ten play in 2011-12, head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s first season.
After four straight games in which it shot less than 38 percent from the field, UW has shot better than 42 percent the last two games.
The Badgers shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the field against Purdue on Jan. 15 and hit 42.3 percent (22-of-52) vs. Rutgers on Sunday.
Wisconsin shot a season-low 25.9 percent (15-of-58) at Northwestern on Jan. 1 and shot just 32.3 percent (21-of-65) at Indiana on Jan. 11.
Wisconsin has held its last four opponents to under 38 percent field goal shooting. UW also ranks second in scoring defense, allowing just 62.4 points per game.
The Badgers lead the Big Ten in conference-only games, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.6 percent from the field.
Penn State scored an opponent season-low 46 points, shooting just 30 percent (18-60) from the field. The Lady Lions made just two 3-pointers, going 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from deep.
Indiana shot 33.8 percent (22-of-65) from the field and 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from 3-point range while Purdue hit 31.4 percent (22-of-70) from the field and 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from behind the arc.
Rutgers hit 38 percent (27-of-71), including an impressive 75 percent (6-of-8) from 3-point range.
UW ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 15th nationally, averaging 5.8 blocks per game. The Badgers lead the Big Ten in conference-only games with 6.9 blocks per game.
Wisconsin recorded a season-high 14 blocks against Penn State on Jan. 6 behind a career-high-tying seven stuffs from senior Cassie Rochel. Rochel ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 2.3 blocks per game while senior Jacki Gulczynski is tied for 15th with 1.2 blocks per game. In conference-only games, Rochel is averaging 3.0 blocks per game for fourth.
UW has six-or-more blocks in eight games this season.
The Badgers’ 5.8 blocks per game average would rank second on the Wisconsin season record list, trailing only the 6.15 blocks per game set by the 1988-89 team. rebounding keeps improving
After seven games where it had equal to or more rebounds than its opponents, Wisconsin has been outrebounded by its last two opponents. The Badgers were outboarded by Purdue 45-42 and by Rutgers 39-36.
UW has been outrebounded by its opponents only six times this season, including twice in Big Ten play.
The Badgers’ 36 boards against the Scarlet Knights also ended a streak of three-straight games with 40-or-more rebounds. Wisconsin has 40-plus boards in eight games this season.
The Badgers had a season-high 48 boards at Northwestern on Jan. 1, outrebounding the Wildcats 48-38. Wisconsin had its largest rebounding advantage of the season at Green Bay on Dec. 13, 42-31 (+11).
Senior Cassie Rochel leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game, including six games with 10-or-more boards. Senior Jacki Gulczynski adds 4.9 rebounds per game while junior Tessa Cichy has turned up her rebounding, recording eight-or-more boards in the last four games.
All eight players who average at least 14 minutes per game, average 2.8-or-more rebounds per game.UP AND DOWN WITH TURNOVERS
Ball control has been an issue with the Badgers this season as they have five games with 20-or-more turnovers, including 21 at Indiana on Jan. 11. UW had a season-high 28 giveaways at Miami on Dec. 4, 25 turnovers at Green Bay on Dec. 13, 23 turnovers against East Carolina on Nov. 28 and 24 turnovers at Northwestern on Jan. 1, all losses.
UW is averaging 17.5 turnovers per game, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten. Opponents are averaging just 12.1 turnovers per game, ranking the Badgers 14th in the Big Ten with a minus 5.4 turnover margin.
The Badgers manage just 5.2 steals per game while opponents average 9.8 steals per contest. Seven foes have had 12-or-more steals in a game this season, including Rutgers on Sunday.
Opponents have taken advantage of UW turnovers, averaging 17.5 points per game off Badger giveaways.BADGERS IN THE BIG TEN
In conference-only game, UW leads the Big Ten, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.3 percent from the field, and leads the league with 6.9 blocks per game.
Wisconsin also ranks second in scoring defense (62.4), third in rebounding margin (+2.1), fourth in free throw percentage (.770), fourth in rebounding offense (41.3) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.321).
Individually in Big Ten games, senior Jacki Gulczynski is 29th with 11.9 points per game while Nicole Bauman is 30th with 11.7 points per game. The duo also rank in 3-point percentage with Gulczynski tied for eighth (.412) and Bauman 13th (.405). Bauman ranks 11th with 2.1 3-pointers per game while Gulczynski is 12th with 2.0 treys per game.
Fifth-year senior Cassie Rochel ties for third with 3.9 blocks per game and 10th with 9.0 rebounds per game.. All Big Ten statsWHYTE FOR MOST IMPROVED
Junior Dakota Whyte has to be considered the Badgers’ most improved player this season. The 5-8 point guard has set or tied career highs in nearly every category and is recording season bests in nearly every statistical category.
Whyte has scored in double figures the last four games, including a career-best 19 points at Indiana on Jan. 11. She is averaging 16.3 points per game while shooting 51 percent over the stretch.
Whyte has set a career high of seven assists in three games this season and tied her career high of three steals in three games. She also tied her career high with seven rebounds against South Carolina, shooting a career best 8-of-10 from the free throw line against the Gamecocks.
Whyte is averaging a season-best 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. She is also shooting a season-best 74.5 percent from the free throw line while playing a season-best 30.8 minutes per game. rochel with the double-double
Senior Cassie Rochel has recorded a team-best two double-doubles and has pulled down 10-or-more rebounds in six games this season.
The 6-4 post had a season-high 14 points, scoring a field goal with five seconds left off an offensive rebound that sealed a 51-48 win at Florida on Dec. 10. She also added a season-high 14 rebounds against the Gators.
Rochel had 10 points and 11 rebounds against Oral Roberts on Dec. 20 for her seventh career double-double.
Her double-figure rebounding games have all come in the last 10 games, where she is averaging 9.1 boards per game.
On the season, she is averaging 5.8 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 13th in the Big Ten. In conference-only games, Rochel is averaging 9.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th. She is also averaging 2.9 blocks per game in Big Ten play, which ties for third. Rochel has two-or-more blocks in eight games this season. counting down
Four Badgers are counting down to career milestones.
I GOT THAT!
- Senior AnnMarie Brown needs 12 rebounds for 200 in her fourth season.
- Senior Jacki Gulczynski is counting down to 500 career rebounds, needing two boards. She also needs seven blocks for 100 career stuffs.
- Fifth-year senior Cassie Rochel will play in her 100th career game in two contests. She has played in 98 games, starting 48.
One Badger passed career milestones last week against Purdue.
- Junior Dakota Whyte went over 400 career points at Purdue on Thursday in her third season. The 5-8 guard has 402 points in her third season.
Several Badgers are having the best seasons of their careers this season.
- Nicole Bauman is averaging a season-best 12.1 points per game while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range. She is also averaging a season-best 32.1 minutes per game. Bauman has dished off 57 assists, needing just nine dimes to equal her sophomore year total, averaging a season-best 3.8 dimes per game.
- AnnMarie Brown already has 14 assists, surpassing her season bests of eight set as a sophomore and junior. She is also shooting a season-best 37.8 percent from the field.
- Tessa Cichy is averaging a season best 7.2 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. She is averaging a season-high 30.2 minutes per game and has started 14 games after only starting two games her first two seasons. The 6-0 guard also has 29 assists this season, surpassing her freshman year total of 26.
- Jacki Gulczynski is shooting a season-best 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the free throw line.
- Malayna Johnson is averaging season bests of 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting a season best of 42.9 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. She already has 19 blocks this season, surpassing her freshman-year total of 10, and is playing a season-high 14.7 minutes per game.
- Cassie Rochel is shooting a season-best 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
- Carly Truesdale is averaging a season-best 1.2 assists and 0.2 points per game. She has seven assists this season after only one dime as a freshman. The guard also picked up her first career block against Penn State.
- Dakota Whyte is averaging season bests of 10 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. She is also shooting a season best 74.5 percent (38-of-51) from the line while already dishing off 60 assists, needing only four to equal her sophomore year total, averaging a season-best 3.5 dimes per game.
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