Wisconsin’s Ryan shoots for 500th win
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – The seventh-ranked Wisconsin Badgers
heavily favored in today’s game against the Missouri State Bears as
of the South Padre Invitational.
Missouri State has won its first three games of the season, but
contest marks a monumental leap in competition level. The Bears are
off an 86-56 thrashing of Lincoln University on Tuesday night, and it
off Toledo and Delaware State early on.
Wisconsin has also played and beat Delaware State this season, as a
decision over the Hornets on Tuesday marks the most recent outing for
Badgers. It was also the 499th career victory for Wisconsin coach Bo
who will go for his 500th victory this afternoon. The Badgers are now 4-0
the young season and have yet to be tested, having knocked off such foes
Mercer and Southern. Ryan’s team is considered the favorite to win the Big
Conference by many fans and analysts on the strength of a talented
Missouri State has won the only previous meeting with Wisconsin by a score
43-32 in 1999.
Through three games, Missouri State is led in scoring by Blake Ahearn
expected. He is posting 15.7 ppg despite averaging a modest 25.3 minutes
action per contest. Nathan Bilyeu and Deven Mitchell are contributing 10.7
apiece, and Dale Lamberth rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.3 ppg.
the recent win over Lincoln University, Bilyeu and Mitchell both scored
points apiece. The Bears were beating their Division II opponent by 13
at intermission and began the second half by scoring 14 unanswered points
put the game away. Missouri State scored 25 points off 18 Lincoln
Tyler Chaney and Shane Laurie contributed 10 points each in the win.
Wisconsin’s best player is Alando Tucker, and he is averaging 20.0 ppg on
percent shooting from the floor. Tucker is a poor free-throw shooter and
struggled from three-point range this season, so there are areas to
improved, but he may prove to be the player of the year in the Big Ten
season. Kammron Taylor adds 10.5 ppg for the Badgers, who are also
10.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg from Brian Butch in only 18.8 minutes of action per
In the closer-than-expected win over Delaware State last time out, Tucker
through with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Butch posted 18 points and
boards. As for Taylor, he was limited to four points. Wisconsin is
allowing 50.2 ppg on 37.5 percent shooting from the floor.