The Nebraska Cornhuskers return to the comfort of Pinnacle Bank Arena for the first time in 31 days as the No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers visit Lincoln for a rematch of the Dec. 22 game in Madison. Due to COVID-19 issues, Nebraska has not played a home game since facing the Indiana Hoosiers on Jan. 10. The game was originally slated to be played Thursday, but was moved up a day so Nebraska can make up its postponed game against Illinois on Friday before hitting the road for Penn State on Sunday. The return game at Illinois was also moved back to a to be determined date to accommodate the Michigan State Spartans makeup game against Illinois on Feb. 23.
8:40 p.m. CST/9:40 EST
Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Shon Morris
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports app & foxsports.com/live
IMG College Sports Network
1400 AM in Lincoln, 590 AM in Omaha, 880 AM in Lexington
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App.
SiriusXM (internet): 975
The Badgers fell to No. 21 in the AP Poll this week from No. 19 last week after falling to the now No. 6 Illinois Fighting Illini in Madison last Saturday. Wisconsin also sits tied at 4th in the Big Ten standings with an 8-5 conference record (13-7 overall). The Badgers have gone 7-4 since the Dec. 22 beating they dealt the Cornhuskers, with road losses at Michigan and Penn State, and home losses to Maryland and Ohio State.
The Badgers bring a balanced attack this season featuring two double-figure scorers and seven total players average at least 5.8 points per game. D’Mitrik Trice leads Wisconsin in scoring with 13.8 points per game and also leads the team with 3.8 assists per game. Senior Micah Potter adds 12.1 points per game and leads the Badgers on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Likely no surprise to wizened Big Ten fans, but Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 63.1 points per game. UW also ranks third in field goal defense (.410) and fourth in 3-point defense (.319).
The game tonight marks the 34th all-time matchup between the programs, with Wisconsin holding a 19-14 advantage in the series. Nebraska has dropped the last five straight against the Badgers, and have gone just 4-13 against them since becoming a member of the Big Ten in the 2011-2012 season. Last time out Nebraska had a double digit lead in the first half at one point and battled back again to take a lead as late as the 14:32 mark in the second half before falling 67-53.
Game tips at 9:40/8:40 central on BTN.