Wisconsin Badgers: Men’s hoops travel to Maryland, Ladies host Valparaiso
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Men’s team stays on the road
Following Monday’s disappointing 66-63 loss at Northwestern, Wisconsin left straight from Chicago and flew into Washington, D.C. for today’s game. The game tips off at 6 p.m. (CST) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
The Maryland Terrapins come into the contest with a 12-7 overall record, but a home mark of 9-1. Their last game was this past Sunday against #3 Purdue. They lost 58-55 and had a chance to tie it but their wild 3-point shot harmlessly bricked against the backboard.
The first matchup between these two teams saw Wisconsin edge past Maryland by the score of 64-69. That game started a small losing streak for Maryland, as they ended up losing three games in a row. It’s safe to say that they are going to have revenge on their mind.
Usage rate is defined as the percentage of team plays used by a player when they are on the floor, showing how much of a team’s offense is run through a particular player. When Maryland has the ball, you can count on 6’2″ senior transfer Jahmir Young being involved, as he has a high 31.1% He also leads the team in scoring with 16.5 PPG, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 3 assists a contest. Transferring in from Charlotte, Young has been the catalyst to this Maryland squad.
Ladies look to tarnish some Beacons
Looking to stop a 3-game losing streak, the Lady Badgers play host to the Valparaiso Beacons Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m. (CST) and will be televised on the ESPN-Plus package. This game was originally scheduled on Dec. 22 but was postponed due to severe weather.
Valparaiso limps into this contest 3-13 overall record. The Lady Beacons are averaging 60.9 points per game while giving up 72.8. Senior guard Oliva Brown leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game on 46% shooting from the field and 44.6% from beyond the arc. Junior guards Leah Earnest and freshman Ali Saunders both average 10 points per game.
The Lady Badgers have been scoring an average of 69 points per game but allow 74 points per game, dead last in the Big Ten. 6’0″ senior guard Julie Pospisilova paces Wisconsin with 12.8 PPG and 5.2 rebounds per game. Serah Williams, a 6’4″ freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., comes in with 12.2 PPG and 5.1 RPG. She also contributes 1.5 blocks a game.
This contest could be a high-scoring affair, as each team has shown an aversion to playing defense.