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Wisconsin poses big challenge for Wildcats tonight

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Northwestern will try to tie a school record by defeating a ranked opponent for the third time in a season when No. 19 Wisconsin (18-8 overall, 9-4 Big Ten) visits Welsh-Ryan Arena on Wednesday night.

It won't be easy. Not only are the injury-depleted Wildcats (13-13, 4-9) down to only seven scholarship players, but the Badgers have five wins over Top 25 teams this season.

"They are a veteran team," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody told reporters Tuesday. That's the scariest part. They have three seniors and a junior. That scares me."

Carmody will counter with four freshman among the top six in his rotation.

"I'm going to coach them hard, my staff is going to coach them hard, we're going to hold them accountable but I have to keep them positive because I know they're pretty good players and right now they have to do a little more," Carmody said while talking about how he is approaching his young roster.

Jared Berggren leads Wisconsin in scoring (11.8 points per game), is second in rebounding (6.9) and needs two blocks to tie the school record of 124 career blocks.

The Badgers led the nation in scoring defense last season and are ranked 11th this year.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and on WGN AM-720

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