Wisconsin is clearly the best team in the Big Ten right now, having won six games in a row and 14 of their last 15. Head coach Bo Ryan has an experienced and talented team that’s hoping to make a return trip to the Final Four this season.
In their most recent game, Wisconsin downed the Northwestern Wildcats 65-50 in Madison. Four Badgers scored in double figures in the game, with Sam Dekker and Bronson Koenig leading the team with 16 points apiece.
National Player of the Year candidate Frank Kaminsky leads the Badgers in scoring at 17.5 points per game, and in rebounding at 8.1 rebounds per contest. Dekker averages 12.8 points, while Nigel Hayes scores 12.5 points per outing.
Nebraska started the season 5-1, but has fallen on hard times lately, losing three of its last four games. On Saturday, the Cornhuskers suffered through a brutal shooting night, hitting only 29.4 percent from the floor in a 56-43 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Nebraska fell to 13-10 on the season and 5-6 in league play with the loss.
It’s odd to see Nebraska having a tough time scoring, because they have two of the top scorers in the Big Ten. Junior forward Terran Petteway averages 18.7 points per game. His running mate, junior guard Shavon Shields, scores 15.9 points per contest. Those two players account for 55 percent of Nebraska’s scoring.
Nebraska has won five games in a row at home, and that’s the only hope that they have in this game. Wisconsin has too much talent and will eventually pull away in this game.
Final score prediction: Wisconsin 78, Nebraska 63