Wisconsin-Wis.-Green Bay Preview
Trevon Hughes’ big week helped propel Wisconsin into the
national spotlight. Now he’ll look to lead the team against a pair
of in-state rivals.
The No. 20 Badgers visit Wisconsin-Green Bay for the first time
since 2002 on Wednesday, trying to remain undefeated against the
Wisconsin (6-1) broke into the Top 25 this week after a 73-69
upset of then-No. 6 Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last
Wednesday and a 79-46 victory over Grambling State on Saturday. The
Badgers’ only loss was to a now-ranked Gonzaga team in the Maui
Invitational last month.
“It’s important to have confidence and everybody believing in
one another and we’re getting the open looks this year,” Hughes
said. “I think this year we have a better team bond than we did
Hughes, averaging a team-high 16.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, was
named Big Ten player of the week after scoring a career-high 26
against the Blue Devils and notching 20 points and a career-best
seven rebounds Saturday.
“What I look at is the everyday part of what he does, not just
when the spotlight shines, because that’s where you find out where
your true leaders are,” coach Bo Ryan said. “This has been his best
year. … He realized that … this is his time and he’s handled
that well, along with Jason Bohannon.”
Bohannon is third on the team with 11.0 points per game.
The two seniors will look to help the Badgers secure some
in-state bragging rights against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Marquette
this week. They host the Golden Eagles on Saturday.
“Each possession is always a challenge and it’s always for the
right to say this or the right to say that,” said Ryan, who has 199
victories in nine seasons with the Badgers. “If you play in-state
people, they always tend to be better games from what I’ve seen.
Not just in our state. They’re very competitive and a lot of
interest. Good for basketball.”
Wisconsin is 15-0 against Green Bay (8-2), with eight wins under
Ryan by an average of 16.4 points.
The Phoenix, though, are off to a hot start. They are looking to
win their fifth straight and are coming off an 85-59 victory over
Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.
Rahmon Fletcher scored 24 while Bryquis Perine added 16 points
and eight assists for Green Bay, which shot 64 percent in the first
half to take a 20-point lead.
It was the third consecutive win for the Phoenix by at least 20.
They’ve given up an average of 56.3 points over those games while
allowing opponents to shoot 36.4 percent.
Fletcher is leading Green Bay with 17.2 points and 3.4 assists
per game. The junior was named Horizon League player of the week
after averaging 26.5 points in a pair of wins.
Green Bay is off to its best start since 1995-96 when it also
began 8-2 before finishing 25-4 and making its last NCAA tournament
The Phoenix are 3-27 all-time against ranked opponents. They
defeated then-No. 11 Butler 75-66 last season.