Fresh off the heels of an impressive win over Florida, the Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) look to keep their winning ways going as they face the UW-Green Bay Phoenix (1-0) Saturday night at the Resch Center.
WISCONSIN BADGERS BREAKDOWN
Balanced scoring has been the norm for the Badgers so far in this young season. Leading the way in scoring for Bucky is Sam Dekker, whose 16 points per game is tied for 10th best in the Big Ten. Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust are both averaging 13 ppg, with Jackson leading the way with 4 assists per game. Duje Dukan has provided quality minutes off the bench, as has freshman Nigel Hayes. It’s a different looking Badger team with many of the old-school aspects that Bo Ryan has preached over the years.
UW-GREEN BAY PHOENIX BREAKDOWN
The Phoenix return last season’s leading scorer Keifer Sykes, who averaged 15.9 ppg a year ago. Sykes will be a key part to this year’s success, especially since the Phoenix were picked to win the Horizon League. Rutgers transfer Vince Garrett will also be counted on going forward and in one game has already made his presence felt. In the season opening win against Northern Michigan, Garrett led all scorers with 15 points. For a team that felt just shy of the Horizon League championship game a year ago, the Phoenix are coming out this season with something to prove.
WHAT TO EXPECT
It will be great for the fans of the Phoenix to witness a big-time program like the Badgers come into the Resch Center, by far the biggest home game of the season for UW-Green Bay. With all the excitement and a sold out Resch Center, I see the Phoenix coming out really strong and jumping off to an early lead. As the first half winds to an end however, the Badgers regain control of the game and never relinquish the lead after halftime.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 68 UW-Green Bay 59