In their first game back after a disappointing effort against North Carolina in Maui, the Badgers take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers at 1:00pm CT. The game will be streamed on ESPN3. In last year’s matchup, the Badgers beat the Panthers in a balanced attack, 85-67.
G: Bronson Koenig (15.0 PPG, 1.7 APG)
G: Zak Showalter (6.0 PPG, 2.0 APG)
F: Nigel Hayes (10.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.7 APG)
F: Vitto Brown (7.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG)
C: Ethan Happ (11.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG)
Prairie View A&M
G: Daquan Cook (12.8 PPG, 2.3 APG)
G: Lj Westbrook (11.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
G: Ja’Donta Blakley (6.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.7 APG)
F: Zachary Hamilton (13.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG)
F: Admassu Williams (6.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG)
Prairie View A&M is 2-4 on the young season with wins over Fresno State and Jarvis Christian College.
The Panthers have three players that average double figures in scoring and are led in scoring by Zachary Hamilton, who averages 13.8 PPG . Hamilton is shooting 43.8% from the three point line this season.
Eight different players have started for Prairie View A&M, so pinning down who will start is a guessing game at this point. Cook and Ja’Donta Blakley are the only players to start in all of their six games.
If the Panthers start the way they did in their last game, they’ll only have one player taller than 6’4″. The Badgers to exploit that mismatch, especially with the way Ethan Happ emerged during the Maui trip. With that mismatch, it makes another starting lineup change likely.
In last year’s matchup, the Badgers had all five starters in double figures with Bronson Koenig leading the way with 16 points. Nigel Hayes had seven assists to go along with 10 points. Charles Thomas also had his career high of 12 points coming off of the bench.
Hamilton registered 12 points against the Badgers last year and knocked down two of his three three-point attempts.