Game facts

The matchup: Wisconsin (3-1) vs. No. 14 Creighton (4-0)

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas


Radio: 101.5 FM, 1310 AM

About the Badgers

Probable starters

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
5 F Ryan Evans 6-6 Sr. 9.0 ppg
31 F Mike Bruesewitz 6-6 Sr. 6.0 ppg
40 F Jared Berggren 6-10 Sr. 13.5 ppg
3 G George Marshall 6-1 Fr. 7.0 ppg
1 G Ben Brust 6-3 Jr. 14.5 ppg

Key reserves

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
15 F Sam Dekker 6-7 Fr. 10.5 ppg
44 F Frank Kaminsky 6-11 So. 5.0 ppg
12 G Traevon Jackson 6-2 So. 4.5 ppg


Coach: Bo Ryan, 271-102 in his 12th season at UW

Player to watch: Guard Ben Brust is shooting 64.7 percent from 3-point range and leads the Badgers in scoring and rebounding (9.3).

You should know: The only other time UW played Creighton was on Jan. 8, 1949, a 75-39 home victory for the Badgers. … UW is trying to win an exempt tournament for the second straight season. It won the Chicago Invitational Challenge last year with victories over Bradley and Brigham Young in Hoffman Estates, Ill. … The Badgers are averaging 15.3 offensive rebounds per game. … Evans is shooting 36.6 percent overall, 12.5 percent from 3-point range and 33.3 percent from the free throw line.

About the Bluejays

Probable starters

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
3 F Doug McDermott 6-8 Jr. 16.8 ppg
00 F Gregory Echenique 6-9 Sr. 11.3 ppg
12 G Jahenns Manigat 6-1 Jr. 3.0 ppg
1 G Austin Chatman 6-0 So. 9.3 ppg
10 G Grant Gibbs 6-5 Sr. 6.3 ppg

Key reserves

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
34 F Ethan Wragge 6-7 Sr. 11.8 ppg
5 G Josh Jones 6-2 Sr. 7.5 ppg
22 G Avery Dingman 5-8 Sr. 6.5 ppg


Coach: Greg McDermott, 56-22 in his third season at Creighton

Player to watch: Forward Doug McDermott, a first-team All-American last season and the son of the coach, is shooting 95.0 percent from the free throw line.

You should know: Bluejays assistant Steve Merfeld is from Bloomington, Wis., and is a UW-La Crosse graduate. He previously was a head coach at Hampton — the Pirates upset Iowa State as a No. 15 seed in the 2001 NCAA tournament — and Evansville. … The Bluejays are shooting 57.0 percent as a team, with the top eight scorers all at 54.2 percent or better.

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