After almost a week without a game, Penn State basketball has a tall task ahead of it in Wisconsin after taking care of Indiana, 85-66, last Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Here are five things to know ahead of the game.
BUILDING OFF A BIG WIN
Penn State is coming off possibly its most impressive performance of the season thus far with the win over Indiana. Seth Lundy scored a season-high 25 points— including his 1,000th— and Andrew Funk added 23. Penn State is now 3-3 in the Big Ten and can go over .500 with what would be an impressive road win at Wisconsin.
Penn State doesn’t do well in Wisconsin.
HOUSE OF HORROS
Winning in Madison won’t be easy. For one, the Badgers are a tough team that, until it’s current three-game losing streak, was ranked No. 18. Penn State also hasn’t done well in “Jump Around” land historically. The last time Penn State won a game in Madison was 1995, before Wisconsin played in the Kohl Center. Penn State is 0-18 in that building.
The team is 0-1 in Wisconsin in the Micah Shrewsberry era, falling in Madison 51-49 last February.
A STRUGGLING TEAM
Wisconsin is hurting right now. After starting 11-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten, the Badgers have lost three straight games: at Illinois, at home against Michigan State and, most recently, an ugly 63-45 loss at Indiana this past Saturday.
Penn State took advantage of an Indiana team that had lost two straight before coming to Happy Valley. Can it cash in on a struggling Badger squad?
Penn State is 2-22 lifetime at Wisconsin, and 3-19 in the last 22 meetings. So, yes, Penn State has struggled against Wisconsin.
HOW TO WATCH
Wisconsin comes into this game as a 3.5-point underdog according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 EST on the Big Ten Network. Here’s more information on how to watch and listen to the game.
TV Announcers: Dave Revsine (PXP), Stephen Brando (analyst)
Radio: Penn State Sports Network
Radio Announcers: Steve Jones (PXP), Dick Jerardi (color)
SiriusXM: Channel 389, 979 (app)