Wisconsin-Wis.-Green Bay Preview

The Associated Press

Four years ago, Green Bay defended its home court by stunning then-No. 20 Wisconsin.

Once again ranked 20th, the Badgers look to avenge that defeat in their return to Green Bay on Saturday night.

Wisconsin (2-0) is coming off an impressive 59-53 home victory over No. 11 Florida on Tuesday. The Badgers received a balanced offensive effort, with three players scoring in double figures, led by Sam Dekker's 16 points.

Traevon Jackson added 13 and Ben Brust chipped in 11, as Wisconsin rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit to take an 11-point lead midway through the second. The Badgers then held on in the final seconds after a ferocious Florida rally cut the lead down to three with 42 seconds to go.

"We'll learn a lot from these games," Dekker said. "We made a lot of mistakes - myself included. Stuff that we need to correct. Stuff that we will correct. We just have to go out there and take it a day at a time and get better every day.

"Now we've got another good team on Saturday with Green Bay."

The Badgers suffered an 88-84 overtime loss at Green Bay on Dec. 9, 2009, their only blemish in 19 meetings. Wisconsin has defeated the Phoenix in three straight matchups since then - all in Madison - most recently winning 65-54 on Dec. 12, 2012.

Jackson was especially clutch for the Badgers on Tuesday, sinking a floater from the free throw line with 8 seconds left to seal the victory. The win was Wisconsin's first victory in a home opener against a Top 25 team since the Badgers beat No. 4 Kansas 67-62 on Dec. 3, 1968.

"They got a switch and I really didn't have too many driving lanes all game because they did such a good job of pinching," Jackson said. "I know that if I could flick my wrist and it had a chance of going in - I had about three other pull-ups that I missed that were in and out - and I was confident that it was in. Just happy it went in."

Under coach Bo Ryan, the Badgers have historically won with defense. That certainly proved to be the case against Florida, as the Gators shot just 40.4 percent from the field. Florida's point total was also its lowest since a 45-40 victory over Auburn on Jan. 20, 2011.

"I (liked) the way we were moving our feet, for the most part. We will find a few that we can work on," Ryan said of the team's defensive effort. "I thought, for the most part, we kept guys out in front of us."

Green Bay has been off since beating Division II Northern Michigan 71-49 in its season opener last Saturday. Vince Garrett led the way with 15 points and Keifer Sykes, Green Bay's leading scorer last season at 15.9 points per game, shot 4 of 12 and added 10 points.

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