Badgers and Phoenix meet in Madison
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – The Wisconsin Badgers are ranked ninth in the
country, and they are heavily favored in tonight’s home game against the
Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix. UW-Green Bay opened its season on Sunday with an
ugly loss to Oakland in a 74-57 final. The Phoenix finished just 15-16
overall last season, including 8-8 in Horizon League action. Expectations
are high, however, as practically the entire team is back in place.
As for Wisconsin, it is fresh off Sunday’s 72-48 thrashing of Mercer in the
season opener, and the club is now 82-27 all-time in lidlifters. The Badgers
were a force in the Big Ten last season, and they have several key contributors
back from that squad.
Wisconsin rolled to an 82-62 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay last year, and
the Badgers have won all 12 series meetings.
The top player for UW-Green Bay is Ryan Evanochko, as he averaged 15.8 ppg a
year ago to go along with 5.1 apg. While there are a few other talented
returnees in the fold, it is obvious that Evanochko is the top option at the
offensive end. In the ugly loss to Oakland to open the season, UW-Green Bay
fell behind 18-2 right away and never recovered. Evanochko was effective in
defeat, as he tallied 21 points to go along with six rebounds. The only other
double-digit scorer for the squad was Ryan Tillema, as he netted 14 points.
The Phoenix finished with only 10 assists against 16 turnovers, and they also
suffered a 25-11 deficit in points from the foul line. Defensively, they
permitted Oakland to shoot 48.8 percent from the floor.
Alando Tucker came into this season with lofty expectations, and the Wisconsin
star certainly didn’t disappoint himself or anyone else in the opener. Tucker
connected on 10-of-18 field goal attempts and finished with 21 points. His
sidekick, Kammron Tucker, was outstanding as well, as he tallied 22 points on
the strength of a 4-of-5 effort from three-point range. The final margin of
victory would have been even greater if not for a horrendous 12-of-27 effort
from the foul line by Wisconsin. Tucker has historically been a poor shooter
from the charity stripe, and he hit only 1-of-4 there in the opener. Brian
Butch is the best post player for the Badgers, but he was limited to four
points on 1-of-7 shooting against Mercer.