Northwestern looks to knock off No. 22 Wisconsin
No. 22 Wisconsin (18-8, 10-5) vs. Northwestern (12-14, 3-12)
Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 22 Wisconsin looks to give Northwestern its seventh straight loss to ranked opponents. Northwestern’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 20 Michigan Wolverines 61-52 on Feb. 6, 2018. Wisconsin won 64-58 at home against Illinois on Monday.
SAVVY SENIORS: Northwestern has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Vic Law, Dererk Pardon, Ryan Taylor and A.J. Turner have combined to account for 71 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 76 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.
SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Ethan Happ has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Wisconsin field goals over the last five games. Happ has 34 field goals and 16 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: Northwestern is 0-10 this year when it scores 60 points or fewer and 12-4 when it scores at least 61.
FLOOR SPACING: Northwestern’s Taylor has attempted 164 3-pointers and connected on 33.5 percent of them, and is 4 for 16 over the past five games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Wisconsin defense has allowed only 61.2 points per game to opponents, which is the ninth-best mark in the country. The Northwestern offense has averaged just 66.3 points through 26 games (ranked 291st among Division I teams).