The annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge creates a rematch from last year as the No. 17 Badgers will look to defeat the No. 22 Syracuse Orange for a second year straight on Tuesday night. Last year, the unranked Badgers upset the No.14 Orange in an overtime thriller by a score of 66-58 in the Carrier Dome. Tip-off is at 6:30pm CT and will be televised on ESPN.

Projected Starters

G: Bronson Koenig (14.4 PPG, 1.7 APG)
G: Zak Showalter (6.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG)
F: Nigel Hayes (11.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.6 APG)
F: Vitto Brown (7.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG)
C: Ethan Happ (11.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.3 APG)

G: Frank Howard (9.2 PPG, 6.4 APG)
G: Andrew White III (15.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG)
F: Tyler Lydon (11.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG)
F: Tyler Roberson (10.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG)
C: DaJuan Coleman (5.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG)

Syracuse is coming off of their first loss of the season to South Carolina 64-50 in the Carrier Dome. Overall, Syracuse’s record stands at 4-1. South Carolina has been the Orange’s only true test of the season. The Orange came into that game averaging a little over 86 points a game, but struggled mightily on their way to a lackluster 50 point performance.

The Orange are led in scoring by Nebraska transfer Andrew White III at 15.8 PPG. Last year while in a Nebraska uniform, he scored 10 points in both outings against Wisconsin. He has scored in double digits in every game this season. White III shoots over seven threes a game, hitting on 36.8% of them.

Tyler Lydon leads the Orange in rebounds and is second in points. He is a potential lottery pick in next year’s draft, if he decides to leave. Last year as a freshman Lydon played 41 minutes against the Badgers, only scoring four points. Lydon is shooting 50% from deep this season. Center DaJuan Coleman, once a highly prized recruit, is a bruising force in the middle. At 6’8″ and nearly 270 pounds, Coleman is plain and simply a very large human being. Coleman doesn’t play a high amount of minutes due to his size, but he is productive and a force when he’s on the court.

Frank Howard is a talented point guard averaging 9.2 PPG and an impressive 6.4 APG. The Badgers have struggled against skillful point guards such as Maurice Watson Jr. of Creighton and Joel Berry II of North Carolina. The Badgers will need to fix the previous issues they have had on Tuesday night.

Senior guard John Gillion plays major minutes as the sixth man for the Orange, averaging 10.0 PPG and 4.6 APG. Gillion is a Colorado State transfer in his first year with Syracuse.

The Orange will run their 2-3 zone under head coach Jim Boheim. The Badgers did a good job of mixing up their offense from the inside and on the perimeter in the 2015 matchup. Ethan Happ had a breakout 18 point, 15 rebound performance. Bronson Koenig struggled from the floor going 2-7 from the three point line in addition to Nigel Hayes going 1-5 from the three point line.

A win could help bolster the Badgers resume by the time March is here. In this early part of the season with the Badgers missing opportunities to have solid non-conference wins, a win over Syracuse would be a good start.