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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2020

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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Recap NOV 25TH 2020

Sophomore guard Kobe King scored a career-high 18 points to pace Wisconsin to a 65-52 nonconference win over Eastern Illinois on Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

Junior forward Nate Reuvers contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds, and matched a school record with 9 blocks for the Badgers (1-1) in their home opener.

Junior forward Aleem Ford added 11 points for Wisconsin, which lost its season opener 65-63 in overtime Tuesday to No. 20 St. Mary's.

Junior guard Marvin Johnson scored a team-high 12 points and junior guard George Dixon delivered 11 for the Panthers (0-2). But Dixon sat a majority of the second half after committing his fourth foul early in the frame.

Wisconsin junior guard D'Mitrik Trice, a starter, was elbowed in the head and departed the game with 14 minutes to go in the first half. He checked back into the game with 3:31 left in the first sporting a large bandage on his forehead.

The Panthers only made 1 of their first 6 shots, but stayed within reach with long-range shooting. Eastern Illinois shot 4 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half.

Wisconsin guard Brevin Pritzl scored six points during a 15-0 second-half run as the Badgers pulled away at 61-43. Eastern Illinois shot 3 of 10 from deep in the second.

Badgers assistant coach Howard Moore was honored during a pre-game ceremony that included Moore's 13-year-old son, Jerrell, being introduced with Wisconsin's starters.

Howard Moore and his family were in an auto accident last May in Michigan. The accident killed Moore's wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Jaidyn. Howard Moore, who sustained third-degree burns from the accident, suffered a heart attack in June and is currently living in a long-term care facility.

--Field Level Media

An experienced core hoped to guide Wisconsin on a deep NCAA Tournament run last season, but as with every program in the country, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted those plans -- not to mention daily life.

Rejuvenated and only slightly retooled, the No. 7 Badgers will aim to begin their march to match expectations for a strong 2020-21 season as they host Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night.

Wisconsin finished 21-10 last season, and its 14-6 mark inside the Big Ten helped the Badgers tie Maryland and Michigan State for the conference's regular-season crown. The Badgers won their final eight regular-season games under Big Ten Coach of the Year Greg Gard.

With four starters back in the mix -- including senior forward Nate Reuvers (13.1 points per game) and senior center Micah Potter (10.1) -- Wisconsin is primed to assert itself against opponents from the inside.

Still, the 6-foot-11 Reuvers and 6-foot-10 Potter boast a solid outside game that figures to keep other teams guessing. The duo shot 33.7 and 45.1 percent from 3-point range last season, respectively.

Reuvers, who has started 80 of his 93 career games with Wisconsin, was a third-team all-Big Ten honoree as a junior and enters his final campaign on the 2021 Karl Malone Award watch list. He also was named to the preseason all-Big Ten team.

The Badgers also bring experience in the backcourt, led by redshirt senior point guard D'Mitrik Trice, whose 112 career games are tops on the team. A third-team all-Big Ten selection last season after averaging 9.8 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, Trice became the first player in program history to surpass 1,000 points, 300 rebounds and 300 assists for a career by his junior season. He is on the 2021 Bob Cousy Award watch list.

Among newcomers, 6-foot-9 freshman power forward Ben Carlson, a four-star recruit by numerous outlets, including ESPN, figures to be a factor in the rotation.

Gard said he and his staff intentionally designed a "much more rigorous" preseason conditioning plan as the program braces for likely unpredictability entering the season. The Badgers are slated to play six nonconference games before launching into a 20-game Big Ten schedule.

"Overall, with our nonconference schedule, we tried to create the safest environment possible and having so many games at home allows us to have a little more control over some of the variables," Gard said.

Eastern Illinois, part of the Ohio Valley Conference, finished 17-15 last season, with one of its losses coming 65-52 at Wisconsin on Nov. 8, 2019. The Panthers' returnees include senior guard Josiah Wallace, who averaged a team-best 15.6 points per game in 2019-20, and classmate Mack Smith, who has drilled a 3-pointer in 81 consecutive games, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.

Smith is seven games shy of tying the all-time NCAA record in that category, 88, by Cory Bradford of Illinois.

Senior forward Jordan Skipper-Brown, a junior college transfer as a junior, is eager to take on an increased role for the Panthers. The 6-foot-6 Skipper-Brown averaged 4.5 rebounds a game last season while finishing eighth in the conference with 32 blocks.

"Rebounding and shot blocking, that is the role I would say I filled last season," he said.

Coach Jay Spoonhour, entering his 10th season as the longest-tenured coach in the conference, hopes Skipper-Brown also can emerge as a scorer with greater range. Skipper-Brown led the team on 64 percent shooting last season, but 37 of his 87 field goals were dunks.

--Field Level Media


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Ohio Bobcats201.000 0-02-084.066.5W22-0-0
Miami (OH) Red Hawks101.000 1-00-081.067.0W11-0-0
Bowling Green Falcons01.000 0-00-182.096.0L10-0-1

America East

Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks101.000 0-01-076.068.0W11-0-0
New Hampshire Wildcats101.000 1-00-093.054.0W11-0-0
MD Baltimore County Retrievers01.000 0-00-162.070.0L10-0-1

American Athletic Conference

South Florida Bulls101.000 1-00-094.084.0W11-0-0
Houston Cougars101.000 1-00-089.045.0W11-0-0
Southern Methodist Mustangs101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
Memphis Tigers11.500 0-11-071.065.5L11-0-1

Atlantic 10

Davidson Wildcats101.000 1-00-082.073.0W11-0-0
Saint Louis Billikens101.000 1-00-089.052.0W11-0-0
VCU Rams11.500 0-01-175.573.5L11-0-1
George Washington Colonials01.000 0-00-171.078.0L10-0-1
St. Joseph's (PA) Hawks01.000 0-10-091.096.0L10-0-1
La Salle Explorers01.000 0-00-165.082.0L10-0-1
Rhode Island Rams02.000 0-20-076.081.5L20-0-2

Atlantic Coast

NC State Wolfpack101.000 1-00-095.061.0W11-0-0
Virginia Cavaliers101.000 1-00-089.054.0W11-0-0
Louisville Cardinals101.000 1-00-079.044.0W11-0-0
Virginia Tech Hokies101.000 1-00-077.062.0W11-0-0
North Carolina Tar Heels101.000 1-00-079.060.0W11-0-0
Wake Forest Demon Deacons101.000 1-00-0111.051.0W11-0-0
Clemson Tigers101.000 0-01-053.042.0W11-0-0
Boston College Eagles11.500 0-11-068.070.0L11-0-1
Pittsburgh Panthers01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets01.000 0-10-0120.0123.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Sun

Kennesaw St. Fighting Owls101.000 1-00-087.040.0W11-0-0
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles101.000 1-00-065.056.0W11-0-0
North Alabama Lions101.000 1-00-098.074.0W11-0-0
Jacksonville Dolphins101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0
Liberty Flames11.500 0-01-174.075.0L11-0-1
North Florida Osprey01.000 0-10-067.080.0L10-0-1

Big 12

West Virginia Mountaineers201.000 2-00-078.568.5W22-0-0
Texas Tech Red Raiders101.000 1-00-0101.058.0W11-0-0
Oklahoma State Cowboys101.000 0-01-075.068.0W11-0-0
Texas Longhorns101.000 1-00-091.055.0W11-0-0
Texas Christian Horned Frogs101.000 1-00-069.045.0W11-0-0
Kansas State Wildcats01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1
Kansas Jayhawks01.000 0-00-190.0102.0L10-0-1

Big East

St. John's Red Storm201.000 2-00-079.070.0W22-0-0
Xavier Musketeers201.000 2-00-076.049.5W22-0-0
Connecticut Huskies101.000 1-00-0102.075.0W11-0-0
Butler Bulldogs101.000 1-00-066.062.0W11-0-0
Marquette Golden Eagles101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0
Villanova Wildcats101.000 0-01-076.067.0W11-0-0
Providence Friars101.000 1-00-097.056.0W11-0-0
Georgetown Hoyas101.000 1-00-070.062.0W11-0-0

Big Sky

Weber St. Wildcats101.000 1-00-088.060.0W11-0-0
Sacramento State Hornets101.000 1-00-0101.057.0W11-0-0
Montana St. Bobcats101.000 0-01-091.078.0W11-0-0
Southern Utah Thunderbirds01.000 0-00-183.085.0L10-0-1
Idaho State Bengals01.000 0-00-149.062.0L10-0-1

Big South

High Point Panthers01.000 0-00-173.082.0L10-0-1
South Carolina Upstate Spartans01.000 0-10-072.082.0L10-0-1
Charleston Southern Buccaneers01.000 0-00-161.095.0L10-0-1
Radford Highlanders01.000 0-00-162.077.0L10-0-1

Big Ten

Illinois Fighting Illini201.000 2-00-0109.549.0W22-0-0
Purdue Boilermakers101.000 1-00-077.064.0W11-0-0
Wisconsin Badgers101.000 1-00-077.067.0W11-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers101.000 1-00-089.059.0W11-0-0
Maryland Terrapins101.000 1-00-085.067.0W11-0-0
Michigan St Spartans101.000 1-00-083.067.0W11-0-0
Minnesota Golden Gophers101.000 1-00-099.069.0W11-0-0
Michigan Wolverines101.000 1-00-096.082.0W11-0-0
Ohio St Buckeyes101.000 1-00-094.067.0W11-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
Rutgers Scarlet Knights101.000 1-00-086.063.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Cornhuskers11.500 1-10-084.062.0L11-0-1

Big West

CSU Northridge Matadors101.000 1-00-097.079.0W11-0-0
UC Irvine Anteaters01.000 0-00-172.086.0L10-0-1
UC Riverside Highlanders01.000 0-00-160.066.0L10-0-1
UC Davis Aggies01.000 0-00-193.0101.0L10-0-1

Colonial Athletic Association

Elon University Phoenix101.000 1-00-082.052.0W11-0-0
James Madison Dukes101.000 1-00-089.055.0W11-0-0
Charleston Cougars01.000 0-00-160.079.0L10-0-1
NC-Wilmington Seahawks01.000 0-00-176.098.0L10-0-1
Towson Tigers02.000 0-00-261.084.0L20-0-2

Conference USA

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers201.000 0-02-084.078.0W22-0-0
Texas-El Paso Miners101.000 1-00-0100.081.0W11-0-0
Florida International Golden Panthers101.000 1-00-085.081.0W11-0-0
UAB Blazers101.000 1-00-099.050.0W11-0-0
North Texas Mean Green Eagles101.000 1-00-0116.062.0W11-0-0
Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders01.000 0-10-059.060.0L10-0-1
Florida Atlantic Owls01.000 0-00-166.068.0L10-0-1
Old Dominion Monarchs01.000 0-00-167.085.0L10-0-1

Horizon League

Illinois-Chicago Flames101.000 0-01-065.061.0W11-0-0
Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons101.000 1-00-067.063.0W11-0-0
Northern Kentucky Norse101.000 1-00-074.073.0W11-0-0
Green Bay Phoenix01.000 0-00-169.099.0L10-0-1
Oakland Golden Grizzlies02.000 0-10-151.090.5L20-0-2

Metro Atlantic Athletic

Quinnipiac Bobcats101.000 1-00-084.066.0W11-0-0
St. Peter's Peacocks01.000 0-00-175.076.0L10-0-1
Fairfield Stags01.000 0-00-156.097.0L10-0-1

Mid-Eastern Athletic

North Carolina Central Eagles11.500 0-01-176.087.5L11-0-1
Florida A&M Rattlers01.000 0-00-156.065.0L10-0-1
South Carolina State Bulldogs01.000 0-10-061.081.0L10-0-1
Delaware State Hornets01.000 0-00-151.0111.0L10-0-1
Morgan St. Bears01.000 0-10-055.062.0L10-0-1
Howard Bison01.000 0-10-078.095.0L10-0-1
North Carolina A&T Aggies02.000 0-10-166.0103.0L20-0-2

Missouri Valley

Drake Bulldogs101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Bradley Braves11.500 1-00-155.555.0L11-0-1
Illinois St. Redbirds01.000 0-00-167.094.0L10-0-1
Evansville Purple Aces01.000 0-00-144.079.0L10-0-1
Northern Iowa Panthers02.000 0-10-175.579.5L20-0-2

Mountain West

Nevada Wolf Pack201.000 1-01-065.557.0W22-0-0
Fresno St. Bulldogs101.000 1-00-087.047.0W11-0-0
San Diego St. Aztecs101.000 1-00-073.058.0W11-0-0
UNLV Runnin' Rebels01.000 0-10-078.091.0L10-0-1
Utah St. Aggies02.000 0-10-164.084.0L20-0-2


Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers101.000 0-01-062.055.0W11-0-0
St. Francis (PA) Red Flash101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Sacred Heart Pioneers01.000 0-00-163.086.0L10-0-1
Central Conn. St. Blue Devils01.000 0-00-175.0102.0L10-0-1
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights01.000 0-00-166.084.0L10-0-1

Ohio Valley

Austin Peay Governors201.000 1-01-069.566.0W22-0-0
Belmont Bruins101.000 0-01-095.078.0W11-0-0
Eastern Kentucky Colonels101.000 0-01-080.067.0W11-0-0
Morehead St. Eagles01.000 0-00-145.081.0L10-0-1
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-159.089.0L10-0-1
Eastern Illinois Panthers01.000 0-00-167.077.0L10-0-1
Jacksonville St. Gamecocks01.000 0-00-157.081.0L10-0-1
SIU - Edwardsville Cougars02.000 0-00-266.591.5L20-0-2


Colorado Buffaloes101.000 1-00-084.061.0W11-0-0
Southern California Trojans101.000 1-00-095.087.0W11-0-0
Arizona State Sun Devils101.000 0-01-094.088.0W11-0-0
Oregon St. Beavers101.000 1-00-071.063.0W11-0-0
Washington St. Cougars101.000 1-00-056.052.0W11-0-0
California Golden Bears11.500 1-00-174.566.0L11-0-1
UCLA Bruins01.000 0-00-158.073.0L10-0-1

Patriot League

Army Black Knights101.000 1-00-093.032.0W11-0-0
Navy Midshipmen101.000 1-00-078.071.0W11-0-0


Kentucky Wildcats101.000 1-00-081.045.0W11-0-0
Arkansas Razorbacks101.000 1-00-0142.062.0W11-0-0
Auburn Tigers101.000 0-01-096.091.0W11-0-0
Alabama Crimson Tide101.000 1-00-081.057.0W11-0-0
Louisiana State Tigers101.000 1-00-094.081.0W11-0-0
Missouri Tigers101.000 1-00-091.064.0W11-0-0
Mississippi State Bulldogs02.000 0-20-057.568.5L20-0-2


Chattanooga Mocs101.000 1-00-099.063.0W11-0-0
Furman Paladins101.000 1-00-095.062.0W11-0-0
Western Carolina Catamounts101.000 1-00-098.076.0W11-0-0
Wofford Terriers101.000 1-00-088.049.0W11-0-0
Mercer Bears101.000 1-00-079.048.0W11-0-0
VMI Keydets101.000 1-00-090.063.0W11-0-0
The Citadel Bulldogs101.000 1-00-089.064.0W11-0-0
East Tennessee St. Buccaneers02.000 0-00-256.568.5L20-0-2


Abilene Christian Wildcats101.000 1-00-070.047.0W11-0-0
Texas A&M CC Islanders101.000 1-00-064.053.0W11-0-0
Nicholls State Colonels101.000 1-00-0101.093.0W11-0-0
Lamar Cardinals01.000 0-00-145.089.0L10-0-1
Northwestern St. Demons01.000 0-00-158.0101.0L10-0-1
McNeese St. Cowboys01.000 0-00-155.0102.0L10-0-1
Southeastern Louisiana Lions01.000 0-00-163.067.0L10-0-1
Sam Houston St. Bearkats01.000 0-00-167.097.0L10-0-1
Houston Baptist Huskies01.000 0-00-145.069.0L10-0-1

Southwestern Athletic

Texas Southern Tigers01.000 0-00-152.056.0L10-0-1
Prairie View A&M Panthers01.000 0-00-166.071.0L10-0-1
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions01.000 0-00-157.099.0L10-0-1
Southern Jaguars01.000 0-10-078.085.0L10-0-1
Alcorn St. Braves01.000 0-00-150.099.0L10-0-1
Grambling State Tigers01.000 0-00-153.069.0L10-0-1
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils02.000 0-00-262.0129.0L20-0-2


Kansas City Kangaroos101.000 1-00-0105.035.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks11.500 0-11-063.065.5L11-0-1
South Dakota State Jackrabbits11.500 1-00-177.069.0L11-0-1
North Dakota State Bison01.000 0-00-148.062.0L10-0-1
South Dakota Coyotes01.000 0-00-161.084.0L10-0-1
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-164.091.0L10-0-1
North Dakota Fighting Hawks01.000 0-00-167.081.0L10-0-1

Sun Belt

Georgia St. Panthers101.000 0-01-0123.0120.0W11-0-0
Georgia Southern Eagles101.000 1-00-097.065.0W11-0-0
Appalachian St. Mountaineers101.000 0-01-081.061.0W11-0-0
Little Rock Trojans101.000 1-00-071.066.0W11-0-0
South Alabama Jaguars101.000 1-00-068.066.0W11-0-0
Texas State Bobcats101.000 1-00-098.059.0W11-0-0
Texas-Arlington Mavericks01.000 0-10-068.075.0L10-0-1

West Coast

Loyola Marymount Lions101.000 1-00-085.083.0W11-0-0
Pepperdine Waves101.000 1-00-086.072.0W11-0-0
Gonzaga Bulldogs101.000 1-00-0102.090.0W11-0-0
Santa Clara Broncos101.000 1-00-062.049.0W11-0-0
Pacific Tigers101.000 1-00-066.060.0W11-0-0
Brigham Young Cougars101.000 1-00-0108.059.0W11-0-0
St. Mary's Gaels11.500 1-10-061.068.5L11-0-1
San Francisco Dons11.500 1-10-073.572.0L11-0-1
Portland Pilots01.000 0-10-072.084.0L10-0-1

Western Athletic

Tarleton State 101.000 1-00-0103.048.0W11-0-0
Grand Canyon Antelopes101.000 1-00-069.053.0W11-0-0
Seattle Redhawks101.000 0-01-084.072.0W11-0-0
Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros01.000 0-00-155.091.0L10-0-1
California Baptist Lancers01.000 0-00-187.095.0L10-0-1
Chicago St. Cougars02.000 0-10-149.590.5L20-0-2


Toledo Rockets11.500 0-01-169.557.0L11-0-1
Ball St. Cardinals01.000 0-00-173.074.0L10-0-1
Western Michigan Broncos01.000 0-00-162.066.0L10-0-1
Eastern Michigan Eagles01.000 0-00-167.083.0L10-0-1
Northern Illinois Huskies01.000 0-10-061.065.0L10-0-1

Last Injuries

Wisconsin Badgers

  • Micah Potter

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Potter was forced from the previous contest with a foot injury, nd it is uncertain if he will suit up against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday.

  • Lorne Bowman II

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Bowman II missed the last game due to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will be available Friday versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff.