UW MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Badgers men's basketball preview: No. 20 UW vs. No. 11 Florida

2013-11-12T10:00:00Z Badgers men's basketball preview: No. 20 UW vs. No. 11 FloridaJIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | jpolzin@madison.com | 608-252-6473 madison.com

GAME VITALS

When, where: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Kohl Center.

TV: ESPN2.

Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM.

ABOUT THE BADGERS (1-0)

Coach: Bo Ryan, 292-113 in his 13th season at UW.

Player to watch: Junior guard Josh Gasser scored a team-high 19 points in UW’s 86-75 season-opening win over St. John’s on Friday, two off his career high set against Prairie View A&M in his UW debut three seasons ago.

Probable starters

Hgt

Yr.

PPG

15 Sam Dekker

6-7

So.

16.0

44 Frank Kaminsky

7-0

Jr.

4.0

12 Traevon Jackson

6-2

Jr.

13.0

  1 Ben Brust

6-1

Sr.

15.0

21 Josh Gasser

6-3

Jr.

19.0

Key reserves

Hgt

Yr.

PPG

13 Duje Dukan

6-9

Jr.

15.0

10 Nigel Hayes

6-7

Fr.

2.0

  3 George Marshall

5-11

So.

4.0

You should know: UW is 1-2 all-time vs. Florida. The Badgers won the teams’ only meeting in Madison, an 86-81 decision on Dec. 20, 1967. … The Gators beat the Badgers 74-56 last season in Gainesville. UW trailed by double digits for the final 23 minutes, 1 second of that game. … UW has won 15 consecutive home openers since a 65-60 loss to Marquette on Nov. 14, 1997. … The Badgers are 30-11 at home against ranked teams under Ryan.

ABOUT THE GATORS (1-0)

Coach: Billy Donovan, 416-166 in his 18th season at Florida.

Player to watch: Senior forward Casey Prather, who averaged 3.1 points over his first three seasons with the Gators, scored 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting in Florida’s 77-69 victory over North Florida on Friday.

Probable starters

Hgt

Yr.

PPG

15 Will Yeguete

6-8

Sr.

2.0

24 Casey Prather

6-6

Sr.

28.0

  4 Patric Young

6-9

Sr.

2.0

  0 Kasey Hill

6-1

Fr.

15.0

25 DeVon Walker

6-6

So.

4.0

Key reserves

Hgt

Yr.

PPG

20 Michael Frazier II

6-4

So.

19.0

30 Jacob Kurtz

6-6

Jr.

4.0

  1 Eli Carter

6-2

Jr.

3.0

You should know: Florida has won at least 20 games in 15 consecutive seasons under Donovan, including NCAA titles in 2006 and ’07. … Frazier wasn’t expected to play much in Florida’s opener because of lingering effects of mononucleosis, but he came off the bench to contribute 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 24 minutes. … Three Gators — senior guard Scottie Wilbekin, sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith and junior forward/center Damontre Harris — are serving suspensions for violating team rules.

— Jim Polzin

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