Preview: Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wisconsin
Updated On: Dec 10 2013 07:52:15 PM CST
Freshman guard Bronson Koenig will continue to fight for more playing time when No. 6 Wisconsin hosts Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday. Koenig has impressed coaches since returning from a preseason hamstring injury, averaging 3.2 points and a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 15.3 minutes, and will become a bigger part of the balanced Badgers' rotation. "He knows now that he can compete, and he's ready to get more. I like hungry people," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said about the local product Monday. "It wasn't like he's someone that all of a sudden appears on the state scene. People knew about his ball-handling skills and his ability to see the floor."
The Panthers also have a newcomer making an instant impact - and gaining the attention of opposing student sections. Sophomore Matt Tiby, a 6-8, 230-pound forward with long brown hair and a think beard, was nicknamed Sasquatch earlier this season after dominating the paint. Tiby has a team-high 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Panthers, who haven't beaten Wisconsin in 21 years.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, BTN.com.
ABOUT WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE (9-2): Balanced scoring, especially from the big men, has helped the Panthers, who have already eclipsed last year's win total, win five straight games. Guard Jordan Aaron averages 13.5 points while forwards Kyle Kelm and Austin Arians add 12.8 and 12.6 points, respectively. The Panthers make a habit of getting to the foul line, hitting 215-of-287 free throws on the season while opponents have only attempted 229.
ABOUT WISCONSIN (10-0): The Badgers have five starters averaging in double digits, led by forward Frank Kaminsky's 14.6 points, and four starters with at least 5.2 rebounds. Kaminsky and guard Josh Gasser are both shooting better than 52 percent from the floor while the Badgers are winning the battle on the boards 34.3-31.9. Wisconsin entered the week second in the country with just 90 turnovers but only force 10.2.
1. Ryan was the head coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two years before taking the Wisconsin job in 2001, and Rob Jeter was a Ryan assistant for 10 years at three schools before becoming the Panthers head coach in 2005.
2. Wisconsin leads the series 29-1, with the Panthers' lone win coming in 1992.
3. Half of Wisconsin's wins have been decided by seven or fewer points.
PREDICTION: Wisconsin 71, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 64
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