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Game Day: Wiscosnin at Penn State

No. 22 Wisconsin (20-10, 11-6) closes out the regular season Sunday at Penn State (10-19, 2-15).

Newbill has scored in double figures in 26 of 29 games this season.

The Badgers are looking to secure a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament with a victory today.

Wisconsin is 9-2 in regular-season finales under Bo Ryan, that includes a mark of 3-2 when that game falls in a road venue.

Ryan’s teams are 7-4 in their final regular-season road game. The Badgers knocked off No. 8 Ohio State, 63-60, in its final Big Ten road game last season (2/26/12).

2 Players to Watch

Penn State Sophomore Guard D.J. Newbill

Newbill is Penn States leading scorer at just over 15 points per game. Over his last three games, Newbill has upped his averaged to nearly 17 points per outing. The sophomore is ranked fourth in both scoring and assists during Big Ten play. Newbill has scored in double figures in every game this season except for three.

Wisconsin Senior Forward Ryan Evans

Evans has worked out of his offensively slump to an extent. Over the past three games the senior is averaging 11.0 points per game and is even rebounding at a higher rate, averaging 8.3 boards per game.

The Nittany Lions have been on fire from 3-point range over the past four games.

4 Keys to the Game

1. Defend the Perimeter

Penn State has posted a season-best in number of threes and its best four three-point percentages in four of the last six games. The Lions 10 threes vs. Michigan marked a season-best as did their 50% (10-20) from the arc, equaling the best ever under Patrick Chambers. The Lions 47.1% (8-17) vs. Iowa, 42.1% (8-19) at Illinois and 41.2% (7-17) at Northwestern are the next best marks on the season in percentage.

2. Make Shots

As it has been all season, Wisconsin isn't a very good team offensively when shots aren't falling outside the paint. The Badgers have seven different players who have made at least 10 3-pointers this season. Northwestern is the only other team in the Big Ten to have seven different players connect on 10+ triples.

3. Get the scores up

Although Wisconsin may not be accustomed to it, a higher scoring game may actually be in their favor Sunday. Penn State has allowed 16 opponents to eclipse 70 points, going 4-12 in those game. The Nittany Lions are 5-25 under Patrick Chambers when opponents break 70 points.

4. Get to the line

Penn State is being outscored 19.7 to 13.1 ppg at the foul line by Big Ten foes. Big Ten opponents have made more free throws (335) than Penn State has taken (317) and have 165 more attempts. Seven Big Ten foes have shot 30 or more free throws and 11 have attempted 25 or more.

7 Notable Stats

Sunday’s regular-season finale marks the 40th meeting between Wisconsin and Penn State with the Badgers owning a 29-10 advantage in the all-time series.

• Wisconsin has won 16 of the last 18 against Penn State, including each of the last three. The Badgers topped the Nittany Lions, 60-51, earlier this season at the Kohl Center.

• The Badgers have won seven of their last eight trips to University Park, Pa. Wisconsin is 11-7 overall in games played at Penn State.

• Bo Ryan, a native of Chester, Pa. is 18-4 vs. Penn State all-time, including 11-0 at home.

• Penn State has averaged just 51.9 points per game over the last 17 meetings with Wisconsin, failing to reach 50 points in eight of those contests.

• Wisconsin has won 17 straight games vs. Penn State when scoring at least 60 points.

Starting Lineups

G Jermaine Marshall 6-4 Jr. 15.3 ppg
G D.J. Newbill So. 6-4 15.9 ppg
G Nick Colella Sr. 6-3 4.0 ppg
F Ross Travis 6-6 So. 6.9 ppg
F Sasa Borovnjak 6-9 Jr. 7.3 ppg

Key Reserves

F Brandon Taylor 6-7 Fr 5.5 ppg
F John Graham 6-8 So. 2.0 ppg
G Kevin Murphy 6-3 So. 1.0 ppg

Penn State and Wisconsin will tip off at approximately 11:00 AM CT from the Bryce Jordan Center in Happy Valley.

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