Wisconsin Basketball: Expectations are sky-high for 2020-21 Badgers

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MADISON, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 18: The Wisconsin Badgers huddle before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at the Kohl Center on February 18, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Starting lineup

Point Guard

D’Mitrik Trice – Sr.

D’Mitrik Trice is finally entering his senior season. He’s been around Madison for a while after he took a medical redshirt in 2017 because he injured his foot. He has played in 112 games at Wisconsin and started in 77, bringing a lot of experience for this Wisconsin basketball team.

Last season, Trice averaged about 32 minutes a game and scoring 9.8 points per game on 38% shooting. He also averaged 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. Wisconsin will look to Trice for leadership on this veteran team and will be a great candidate to take any last-second shots needed this year.

Shooting Guard

Brad Davison – Sr.

Brad Davison is one of those players who has seemingly been around forever. Opposing fans hate him because he has a habit of taking charges and doing all the little annoying things correctly. Like Trice, Davison has gotten regular playing time since he was a true freshman in the 2017-2018 season.

Davison has played in 97 career games in Wisconsin and started 93 of those games. He is coming off of a season where he scored 9.9 points per game on about 40% shooting. He and Trice had very similar stats last year, and like Trice, he can also hit some clutch shots.

Small Forward

Aleem Ford – Sr.

Aleem Ford joined Trice from IMG Academy in the 2016-17 class. He is a player a lot of people think will finally break out in his senior season.

Ford has played in 95 career games, starting in 51 of them. Last year, he averaged 8.6 points per game on about 40% shooting. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds per game.

Power Forward

Micah Potter – Sr.

Potter was a godsend for the Badgers last year. He was contributing as soon as he became eligible. He and Nate Reuvers formed a twin tower pairing for Wisconsin. He came off of the bench for most of the season, but I’m guessing he’ll be a starter this year.

Last year, he played in 21 games and started three of them. He played about 17 minutes per game and averaged 10.1 points per game for the Badgers last season. He shot an astounding 45% from beyond the three-point line, giving the Badgers a much-needed boost in that area. He also added 6.2 rebounds and a block per game.

Center

Nate Reuvers – Sr.

Nate Reuvers has been a constant presence in the post since he set foot on campus in 2017, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He has played in 93 career games, starting in 80 of them.

Last season, he averaged 13.1 points per game and added 4.5 rebounds per game and almost two blocks per game.

This is a very experienced group that has been through a lot already in their collegiate careers. That will do nothing but help them as they attempt to win their second straight Big Ten championship.

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