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Sport 24 preview: No. 5 Illinois at No. 23 Wisconsin; 1 p.m. Saturday | Sports activities

Lineups

No. 5 Illinois (17-6, 13-4 Large Ten)

Starters

P Identify Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown

G Trent Frazier Sr. 6-2 10.6 Wellington, Fla.

G Adam Miller Fr. 6-3 8.7 Peoria

G Da’Monte Williams Sr. 6-3 5.0 Peoria

F Jacob Grandison R-Jr. 6-6 4.4 Oakland, Calif.

C Kofi Cockburn So. 7-0 17.7 Kingston, Jamaica

FYI: Andre Curbelo’s close to triple-double Thursday in Illinois’ win towards Nebraska put him in moderately elite firm. The Illini guard turned one in every of simply 15 gamers nationally — and one in every of simply three freshmen together with Stanford’s Ziaire Williams and Saint Joseph’s Jordan Corridor — this season to complete a sport with at the least 10 factors, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Off the bench

P Identify Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown

G Andre Curbelo Fr. 6-1 7.7 Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

F Giorgi Bezhanishvili Jr. 6-9 5.4 Rustavi, Georgia

F Coleman Hawkins Fr. 6-10 1.5 Sacramento, Calif.

No. 23 Wisconsin (16-8, 10-7 Large Ten)

Starters

P Identify Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown

G D’Mitrik Trice R-Sr. 6-0 13.5 Huber Heights, Ohio

G Brad Davison Sr. 6-4 9.0 Maple Grove, Minn.

F Aleem Ford R-Sr. 6-8 8.8 Lawrenceville, Ga.

F Tyler Wahl So. 6-9 5.4 Lakeville, Minn.

C Nate Reuvers Sr. 6-11 8.7 Lakeville, Minn.

FYI: Wisconsin boasts a beginning lineup older than some NBA groups. A slew of seniors (and redshirt seniors) makes that attainable. Actually anchoring the Badgers’ veteran vibe, although, is Trice. The Wisconsin level guard turned 24 in Might, making him simply six months youthful than former Illinois guard Malcolm Hill. Hill graduated in 2017 and is at present taking part in in Israel in his fourth skilled season.

Off the bench

P Identify Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown

F Micah Potter R-Sr. 6-10 12.4 Mentor, Ohio

G Jonathan Davis Fr. 6-5 7.2 La Crosse, Wis.

G Jordan Davis Fr. 6-4 0.5 La Crosse, Wis.

Particulars

Web site: Kohl Heart; Madison, Wis.

Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Deon Thomas (evaluation) could have the decision on the Illini Sports activities Community on WDWS 1400-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN-1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.

TV: Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Dan Dakich (evaluation) could have the decision on ESPN.

Sequence: Illinois leads 112-89.

Final assembly: Illinois gained 75-60 on Feb. 6 in Champaign.

FYI: A win Saturday in Madison, Wis., can be Illinois’ third straight towards Wisconsin after beating the Badgers final season on the Kohl Heart and snapping a 15-game dropping streak within the course of. The Illini haven’t gained three straight video games towards Wisconsin in additional than a decade, with the 2004-05 crew beating the Badgers thrice.

Beat author Scott Richey’s storylines

Grind continues, however Underwood says ‘deliver it on’

Saturday is Illinois’ third sport in 5 days this week. Wisconsin, in the meantime, hasn’t performed since a Sunday win at Northwestern. Illinois’ schedules been altered a number of occasions due to COVID-19. Wisconsin’s not a lot. And Brad Underwood bought in a refined dig on the Large Ten discussing the state of affairs. “If you wish to discover a definition of find out how to deal with COVID, this crew has executed it,” Underwood mentioned. “Knock on wooden, we haven’t had a constructive take a look at since August. We sat 10 days through the common season wholesome. We sat one other section, six days, wholesome and didn’t play video games due to video games that have been canceled and moved. We’re going to do precisely what the league requested us to do. There’s a personality situation on this, for my part. … We’re going to take the excessive street. We’re a person down, and we’re going to battle like hell. I’m pleased with the blokes within the locker room as a result of they’ve been nothing however unbelievable. The truth that we’ve bought to go on the street and play 5 of six and switch round play in (40) hours when the crew we’re taking part in has been off per week. So what? Carry it on.”

Creating into constant winners on the street

Final season’s 6-6 mark on the street was a drastic enchancment for Illinois contemplating the Illini went a mixed 2-19 in street video games in Underwood’s first two seasons. They’ve been even higher this season, going 6-3 in unfriendly territory. “I feel there’s simply one thing particular and gratifying about being on the street, and you realize it’s going to be tougher than it’s at house,” redshirt junior ahead Jacob Grandison mentioned. “It feels extra such as you’re taking a win. It’s simply sort of developed into the DNA of this crew in possibly even being higher on the street.” Illinois will get three extra cracks at street wins to finish this season. “We hold speaking about having to win on the street and win ugly typically,” Underwood mentioned. “We’re going to be examined. We’re going to be higher for it.”

A particular second for native Illini product

Zach Griffith made his first profession begin Thursday in Illinois’ 86-70 win towards Nebraska. The senior walk-on from Fisher, who joined the crew in 2018-19 after one season as a supervisor, earned it. Underwood known as it “every part” to have the ability to give Griffith the beginning towards the Cornhuskers. “Zach can be taking part in minutes for us had he not had two straight years of stress fractures,” Underwood mentioned. “He’s invaluable on the scout crew. He’s a straight A scholar. He’s as devoted within the weight room and as arduous working as anyone. Man, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a coach to indicate him the respect that he deserves if I didn’t put him within the beginning lineup.”

Prediction: No. 5 Illinois 72, No. 23 Wisconsin 69

The actual fact Ayo Dosunmu’s standing stays unclear after struggling a facial damage Tuesday at Michigan State and lacking the Nebraska sport Thursday casts a little bit of doubt on Illinois’ probabilities. However freshmen guards Adam Miller and Andre Curbelo supplied a glimpse of their future within the win towards the Cornhuskers. Mix that with Wisconsin’s solely wins this month coming towards the underside three groups within the Large Ten, and the Illini may notch one other street kill. (N-G prediction document — 17-6).

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