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

Phoenix.

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

last year.”

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

appearance.

The Phoenix are 3-27 all-time against ranked opponents. They

defeated then-No. 11 Butler 75-66 last season.