The Wisconsin Badgers are 2-0 for a 10th consecutive season after its 68-41 domination of Colgate Wednesday. Now the Wofford Terriers invade Madison for a matchup in the Chicago Invitational Tournament at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The Badgers will look to go to 3-0 this season, something it didn't accomplish last season, losing at UNLV 68-65 after also starting out 2-0.
This matchup is the third ever between the two teams with the last meeting being a 53-49 Wisconsin win in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. This is their first meeting in Madison since a 70-43 Wisconsin win in 2007.
Ben Brust, who has been a pleasant surprise so far this year, looks to continue his hot shooting once again as he is scoring 15.5 points per game, the most on the team. He also is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc as well as 50 percent overall. He has fit into the sixth man role quite nicely and will likely take over at the other guard spot along side Josh Gasser when All-American Jordan Taylor graduates.
Badgers fans are waiting for Taylor to dominate games like he did so many times a season ago, but that hasn't happened yet. Taylor has gotten his teammates more involved before the heart of the schedule where he will be desperately needed. He averages 10 points, 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.4 percent. I don't expect him to put up huge scoring numbers until Wisconsin really needs him.
Wofford comes in with a record of 1-1 after falling to the Georgia Bulldogs 62-49 in the opener before bouncing back and knocking off the Emory & Henry Wasps 70-55 last Saturday.
The Terriers have been to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, but lost a bulk of its team to graduation. Wofford has seven freshmen on its roster. The Terriers lost its top three scorers to graduation, including star forward Noah Dahlman, who averaged 20.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories. Dahlman also shot a remarkable 61 percent from the field.
This year, Wofford will be led by senior guard Brad Loesing, who averaged 6.2 points per game as well as leading the Terriers in assists. This year, Loesing is one of four Terriers to average in double figures in their first two games. He is second with 11.0 points per game and leads the team once again in assists with 6.5 per game. However, he is struggling from behind the arc so far this year, just connecting on one of his 3-point shots out of six attempts. The leading scorer for the Terriers is freshman guard Karl Cochran who averages 11.5 points per game after his 19 point performance against Emory & Henry.
The obvious matchup to watch is at the point guard matchup with Taylor going up against Loesing. Loesing has had a problem hanging on to the ball, averaging three turnovers per game so far. If the Badgers can force turnovers, this game will get out of hand in the first five minutes.
With such a young team coming into Madison, Wofford doesn't stand much of a chance. This game should be over by halftime. The Terriers will most likely put up more of a fight than Kennesaw State, but that isn't saying a whole lot. Fans looking to watch the game will have to get to the nearest laptop, computer, or mobile device as this game is only available via ESPN3.com or the Watch ESPN app.
PREDICTION: Wisconsin 76, Wofford 43