Going Retro

Wisconsin plans to wear retro uniforms when it hosts Wofford Monday night, but the Badgers hope one modern trend continues: their near-invincibility at home.

The 20th-ranked Badgers (5-1) have won 27 straight home games - the nation's third-longest active streak - and are 96-5 at home under coach Bo Ryan, who took over before the 2001-02 season.

Oddsmakers from Bodog have made Wisconsin -23 point spread favorites (View College Basketball odds) for today’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 68% of bets for this game have been placed on Wisconsin -23 (View College Basketball bet percentages).

They'll enjoy the comfort of the Kohl Center after losing 82-58 at Duke's raucous Cameron Indoor Stadium last Tuesday. In that game, which was part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Wisconsin shot just 36.9 percent from the field and trailed 48-25 at halftime.

"If anything could go wrong, it did," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "The second half seemed pretty even on the (stat) sheet, but when you're playing down in a hole like that, it's almost impossible for our kids to come back."

In five home games this season, the Badgers have outscored opponents 396-228. Despite losing its top two scorers from 2006-07, Wisconsin is averaging 75.7 points thanks in large part to the improved play of sophomore guard Trevon Hughes.

After averaging just 1.4 points in limited action as a freshman, Hughes has 18.2 points per game this season.

Jon Leuer turned in his best collegiate game against Duke, as the 6-foot-10 freshman had 12 points - matching Hughes for the team high - and six rebounds. Leuer is one of six Badgers who has scored in double figures in at least of Wisconsin's first six games.

Wisconsin has never played Wofford (3-1), which finished 10-20 last season and has only played one other Division I opponent in 2007-08. The Terriers lost their opener 67-45 on Nov. 9 to then-No. 19 Arkansas, and has since beaten two Division II teams and a NAIA school.

They held Division II Toccoa Falls to 12 first-half points and a 25.5 percent field-goal percentage in an 85-35 win last Monday. Six players scored at least nine points for Wofford, with those six shooting a combined 27-for-34 from the field.

Freshman Terry Martin leads Wofford with 11.8 points per game in just 16.5 minutes, while 6-foot-8 sophomore guard Corey Godzinski averages 11.3 points. The team's two top returning scorers, seniors Shane Nichols and Drew Gibson, have both struggled with injuries. Gibson has not played since a Nov. 13 victory over Lees-Mcrae, while Nichols has yet to appear in a game this season.

Wofford will have to overcome a considerable height disadvantage, as four of Wisconsin's starters are at least 6-foot-7, next to just two Terrier starters. The Badgers are 5-1 all-time against Southern Conference teams.

Wisconsin's throwback uniforms date to 1941, when the program won the national championship. Two members of that team will be honored before the game.

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