The No. 23 Louisville Cardinals head north to an empty Kohl Center to take on the No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday at noon and broadcast live on ESPN2.UL has opened with a 4-0 record, but their best win is a 71-10 victory over Seton Hall. They haven’t been in action since December 1st and a 75-54 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Carlick Jones is leading all Cards with 17.3 points and seven rebounds a game.
Wisconsin faces Louisville in a college basketball game at Rutgers Athletics Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, December 19, 2020 (12/19/20).
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Big Ten, college Basketball
Who: Illinois vs. Rutgers
When: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Kohl Center
The Badgers fell 67-65 at Marquette, but otherwise have been flawless in 2020. They’ve got a quality win over Rhode Island, and have nine players averaging double digit minutes through six games this season. Micah Potter leads the team with both 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Wisconsin is at its best when hitting 3-pointers. That meant Loyola of Chicago picked the wrong night to play the Badgers.
Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice each scored 17 points as No. 12 Wisconsin capitalized on its sizzling outside shooting to beat Loyola of Chicago 77-63 on Tuesday.
Wisconsin (5-1) went 10 of 18 from beyond the arc and made four of those 3s during a 19-2 run that helped the Badgers build an 18-point advantage in the second half.
“We like to play with five guys on the floor who can all shoot the 3,” said Wisconsin’s Micah Potter, who went 3 of 4 from long range to finish with 13 points and seven rebounds. “That really spaces the floor, opens up driving lanes, opens up the post, all that kind of stuff.”
The game was set up just two days earlier after both teams had scheduled Wednesday matchups scrapped due to the pandemic. Wisconsin had planned on hosting Northern Iowa, and Loyola was supposed to face Duquesne in Indianapolis.
Instead, these two midwestern programs squared off for the first time since 1998.
Jonathan Davis added 12 points as Wisconsin earned its 13th straight home victory. Cameron Krutwig scored 19 and Lucas Williamson had 15 for Loyola (3-1).
Krutwig and Williamson both played on Loyola’s 2018 Final Four team. Ramblers coach Porter Moser said this game showed how his squad must build more depth to make a postseason run this season.
“I thought Lucas and Krutwig competed their tails off, really competed at a high level,” Moser said. “We’ve got to get more of that.”