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McNeese St. at Wisconsin
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin looks to climb back over .500 when it hosts McNeese State for the first time on Wednesday. The Badgers bounced back from a 65-63 overtime loss to No. 20 Saint Mary's in their season opener with a 65-52 victory against Eastern Illinois on Friday, and hope to take care of business against the Cowboys while extending their non-conference home winning streak to 11 games in the process.



Wisconsin has held its first two opponents to 63 points or fewer, but has failed to surpass 65 points during that span, and continues its search for a reliable scorer following the graduation of Ethan Happ. "Our defense is ahead of our offense and we have to find ways to manufacture points," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard told reporters. "We're going to have to continue to find ways to learn and grow." Wisconsin has won its last nine non-conference home games by an average margin of 23.3 points, and hopes to continue their mastery in Madison by improving to 8-0 all-time against teams from the Southland Conference. McNeese State rebounded from losses to Western Michigan (75-65) and Louisiana Lafayette (85-80) by thumping Southern-New Orleans 104-33.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network



ABOUT MCNEESE STATE (1-2): Dru Kuxhausen went 7-of-10 from 3-point range en route to a season-high 23 points as the Cowboys took down Southern-New Orleans for the fifth consecutive time. Sam Baker knocked down seven 3-pointers to finish with 21 points as McNeese State shot a sizzling 63.3 percent from beyond the arc. Shamarkus Kennedy flirted with a double-double after scoring 14 points and corralling nine rebounds while A.J. Lawson added 12 points and six boards against the Knights.

ABOUT WISCONSIN (1-1): Nate Reuvers was named the Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6.5 blocks against Saint Mary's and Eastern Illinois. Kobe King scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down six rebounds while Reuvers produced 14 points, 14 boards and a program-record nine blocked shots to notch his first double-double of the season in the win against the Panthers. Micah Potter has been granted a hearing with the NCAA to make his case for immediate eligibility after he was initially ruled ineligible until mid-December.



TIP-INS

1. Wisconsin has held its first two opponents to below 40 percent shooting.

2. Reuvers needs one more blocked shot to reach 100 for his career.

3. McNeese State has dropped 17 consecutive non-conference road games against Division I opponents.



PREDICTION: Wisconsin 70, McNeese State 55


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
McNeese St. 1-2 W1 1-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0
Wisconsin 1-1 W1 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 0-0
Last Meeting
McNeese St. Wisconsin
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
McNeese St. N/A
Wisconsin N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
McNeese St. N/A
Wisconsin N/A
Assists Player  
McNeese St. N/A
Wisconsin N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
McNeese St. D. Kuxhausen 51 50.0 7
Wisconsin N. Reuvers 36 46.2 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
McNeese St. S. Kennedy 31 13 18
Wisconsin N. Reuvers 20 5 15
Assists Player  
McNeese St. A. Lawson 7
Wisconsin B. Davison 4
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar McNeese St. Off vs  red bar Wisconsin Defense
blue bar 72.5 Points For
red bar 58.5 Points Against
blue bar 46.5 FG%
red bar 36.3 FG%
blue bar 34.0 Reb
red bar 33.0 Reb
red bar Wisconsin Off vs  blue bar McNeese St. Defense
red bar 64.0 Points For
blue bar 80.0 Points Against
red bar 40.2 FG%
blue bar 39.8 FG%
red bar 33.5 Reb
blue bar 34.0 Reb