Lineups: Illinois at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. today

Lineups: Illinois at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. today

Illinois (10-9, 0-6)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 11.0

G Da'Monte Williams Fr. 6-3 4.5

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.1

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.4

F Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 10.6

FYI: Finke leads the Illini in offensive rebounding (46 of his 106 total rebounds are on that end), and he is also tied for eighth in the Big Ten with Rutgers' Deshawn Freeman with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game.

Off the bench

G Mark Smith Fr. 6-4 7.5

G Aaron Jordan Jr. 6-5 9.8

F Greg Eboigbodin Fr. 6-9 2.2

Wisconsin (9-10, 2-4)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Brevin Pritzl R-So. 6-3 8.7

G Brad Davison Fr. 6-3 11.7

G Khalil Iverson Jr. 6-5 8.2

F Nate Reuvers Fr. 6-10 5.9

F Ethan Happ R-Jr. 6-10 16.7

FYI: The Badgers lost freshman guard Kobe King after just 10 games following season-ending knee surgery. Sophomore guard D'Mitrik Trice will return — eventually — but Wisconsin's depth and production will continue to take a hit until he gets back on the court after foot surgery in December.

Off the bench

F Aleem Ford R-Fr. 6-8 6.1

F Alex Illikainen Jr. 6-9 0.7

G TJ Schlundt R-Jr. 6-5 1.3


Site: Kohl Center (17,287), Madison, Wis.

Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Doug Altenberger (expert analysis) have the call on the Illini Sports Network on WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN 1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.

TV: Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and former Illini Stephen Bardo (expert analysis) have the call on FS1.

Series history: Illinois leads 110-85.

Last meeting: Wisconsin won 57-43 on Jan. 31, 2017, in Champaign.

FYI: Demetri McCamey played a vital role in each of Illinois' last significant wins against Wisconsin. He scored a game-high 27 points as the Illini knocked off the No. 11 Badgers in Madison on Feb. 9, 2010, and he paraded to the free-throw line for most of his game-high 21 points in a Jan. 2, 2011, victory in Champaign.

Scott Richey's storylines

Lucas back in the mix

Te'Jon Lucas' suspension has run its course. The sophomore point guard was held out against both Iowa and Nebraska but will rejoin the team today at Wisconsin. Illini coach Brad Underwood said the Milwaukee native would be available "as needed." Lucas' return plus Mark Smith getting healthy after being hit as hard as any Illini by the flu puts Illinois' guard depth back at full strength. Lucas is averaging 5.8 points and 3.2 assists per game and leads the Illini in the latter along with his 1.48 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Stop turning the ball over

Underwood was pleased with several aspects of Monday night's game at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers made just 16 shots against Illinois' halfcourt defense. The Illini also finished the game with a 46-29 rebounding advantage. Even so, it was another Big Ten loss, but not a loss Underwood put solely on James Palmer Jr. hitting a wild, buzzer-beating game winner. "The game was decided literally by our live ball turnovers," Underwood said. "They had six breakaway dunks. Those are the things that get frustrating. You can't commit those turnovers, and we've got to continue to grow and learn in that area."

Finding their Happ-y place

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard has called Ethan Happ the Badgers' "second-best point guard" with D'Mitrik Trice recovering from his foot injury and at least back at practice heading into today's game. Whatever you call Happ, Wisconsin's offense is going to run through him, as he ranks seventh in the nation in percentage of possessions used. "They know who exactly is going to touch the ball," Underwood said. "They've been dinged up with injuries and that's magnified the load on Happ, but he has shown his overall skill set. He's bringing the ball up the court. He's initiating. They're playing into a post with him. He's going to touch the ball on just about every trip. You've got to guard that and protect that because he's really good."

Prediction: Illinois 72,

Wisconsin 67

Forget for a moment that the last time Illinois won at Wisconsin, the Illini's current freshmen were still in the sixth grade. Now's as good an opportunity as ever for the Illini to pull off a rare road win at the Kohl Center because these are not the same Badgers as the ones that have finished in the top four in the Big Ten each of the last 15 seasons. Illinois will obviously have to account for Ethan Happ, but the Badgers are still vulnerable at home. Xavier, Marquette and Ohio State have proven that this season. (N-G prediction record: 15-4)