A game-by-game look at the Badgers' Big Ten season:

PENN STATE

Dec. 31, Kohl Center

Coach: Patrick Chambers, fourth season (38-59).

2013-14 record: 16-18, 6-12 (tied for 10th place) in the Big Ten.

Series: The Badgers lead 31-10 and have won five consecutive games.

Player to watch: Sophomore guard Geno Thorpe, who was heavily recruited by UW, will have an expanded role this season after averaging 3.2 points and 11.8 minutes per game last season.

Pregame tip: The Nittany Lions have lost 16 consecutive games in Madison and are 0-13 in the Kohl Center. That streak isn’t likely to end this season.

NORTHWESTERN

Jan. 4, Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

Coach: Chris Collins, second season (14-19).

2013-14 record: 14-19, 6-12 (tied for 10th place) in the Big Ten.

Series: UW leads 112-62, though Northwestern has a 39-38 edge in Evanston.

Fran McCaffery photo

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, second from left, argues a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Madison, Wis. McCaffery was ejected from the game and Iowa was charged with two technical fouls. Wisconsin won 75-71. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Player to watch: There weren’t many bright spots for Northwestern during a 76-49 home loss to UW to open Big Ten play last season, but Alex Olah was one. Olah, now a junior center, made 10 of the Wildcats’ 19 field goals and finished with a game-high 23 points.

Pregame tip: UW’s four-game winning streak in Evanston is its longest since winning seven in a row from 1982-89.

PURDUE

Jan. 7, Kohl Center

Coach: Matt Painter, 10th season (191-112).

2013-14 record: 15-17, 5-13 (last place) in the Big Ten.

Series: Purdue leads 104-68, but UW has won 48 of 84 meetings in Madison.

Player to watch: Sophomore guard Kendall Stephens started 16 games as a true freshman, but he struggled in two games against the Badgers. Stephens was a combined 5 of 18 from the field against UW, including 1 of 6 from inside the 3-point arc.

Pregame tip: Purdue has been UW’s Senior Day opponent the past two seasons, with mixed results. The Boilermakers were a party crasher in 2013, upsetting the Badgers 69-56. UW won last year’s meeting in Madison, a too-close-for-comfort 76-70 affair that sent Ben Brust and Co. out on a winning note. This time, the Boilermakers visit the Kohl Center early in the Big Ten schedule.

RUTGERS

Jan. 11, Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey

Coach: Eddie Jordan, second season (12-21).

2013-14 record: 12-21, 5-13 (seventh place) in the American Athletic Conference.

Series: UW leads 3-0. The teams’ most recent meeting came on Dec. 4, 2004, a 70-62 victory for the Badgers in Piscataway.

Player to watch: Senior guard Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights in scoring (14.9 ppg) last season while shooting 89.5 percent from the free throw line.

Pregame tip: Opponents shot 37.1 percent from the 3-point range against Rutgers last season, making an average of 7.2 shots from beyond the arc per game. That’s an area of concern for the Scarlet Knights considering UW has an able 3-point shooter at every position.

NEBRASKA

Jan. 15, Kohl Center

Coach: Tim Miles, third season (34-31).

2013-14 record: 19-13, 11-7 (fourth place) in the Big Ten. The Huskers’ season ended with a 74-60 loss to Baylor in an NCAA tournament opener.

Series: Nebraska leads 11-9, but UW has won five of seven meetings in Madison.

Player to watch: Redshirt freshman forward Nick Fuller, a Sun Prairie native, could give the Cornhuskers some scoring off the bench if he improves his defense enough to earn a spot in the rotation.

Pregame tip: This game begins a key, 17-day stretch for the Badgers in which they play four teams picked to finish in the top half of the Big Ten — the Cornhuskers, Michigan and at Iowa twice.

IOWA

Jan. 20, Kohl Center

Coach: Fran McCaffery, fifth season (74-63).

2013-14 record: 20-13, 9-9 (sixth place) in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes’ season ended with a 78-65 overtime loss to Tennessee in a first-round game of the NCAA tournament.

Series: UW leads 80-79, including 51-28 in Madison.

Player to watch: Junior forward Jarrod Uthoff had six points and three rebounds during Iowa’s 75-71 loss to UW at the Kohl Center last season. It was Uthoff’s first game in Madison since leaving the UW program after one season to transfer to Iowa.

Pregame tip: Will McCaffery stick around for the whole game this time? He was ejected from the teams’ meeting in Madison last season after receiving back-to-back technical fouls midway through the second half. UW’s Ben Brust made all free throws, part of a 17-4 run that helped the Badgers erase an 11-point halftime deficit.

MICHIGAN

Jan. 24, Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Coach: John Beilein, eighth season (150-94).

2013-14 record: 28-9, 15-3 (first place) in the Big Ten.

Series: Michigan leads 88-70, including 54-21 in Ann Arbor.

Player to watch: Sophomore point guard Derrick Walton Jr. averaged 7.9 points while starting 36 games last season. The Wolverines will need more scoring from him this season after losing Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III to the NBA.

Pregame tip: UW’s Frank Kaminsky surpassed the 20-point mark in five of his final 13 games last season, a stretch that began with a 25-point, 11-rebound performance during a 75-62 victory at Crisler Arena. And that was against experienced frontline players. Now, Michigan will try to defend Kaminsky with a green frontcourt.

IOWA

Jan. 31, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

Coach: Fran McCaffery, fifth season (74-63).

2013-14 record: 20-13, 9-9 (sixth place) in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes’ season ended with a 78-65 overtime loss to Tennessee in a first-round game of the NCAA tournament.

Series: UW leads 80-79 but trails 50-27 in Iowa City.

Player to watch: Senior guard Josh Oglesby scored 17 points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to keep Iowa from dropping a 79-74 decision to UW in Iowa City last season.

Pregame tip: The past six meetings between these teams at Carver-Hawkeye Arena have been decided by 6, 4, 3, 1, 4 and 5 points. Two of those games went to overtime.

INDIANA

Feb. 3, Kohl Center

Coach: Tom Crean, seventh season (101-97).

2013-14 record: 17-15, 7-11 (tied for eighth place) in Big Ten.

Series: Indiana leads 94-68, including 40-39 in Madison.

Player to watch: Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson averaged 10 points in two games against UW last season. He scored 13 off the bench in host Indiana’s 75-72 upset victory over the previously unbeaten Badgers.

Pregame tip: Indiana looks pedestrian on paper, but a mediocre Hoosiers squad gave UW fits last season. Not only did Indiana end a 12-game losing streak to UW with the victory in Bloomington, it’s easy to forget the Hoosiers held a 10-point halftime lead in Madison before UW used a 50-point outburst in the second half to record a 69-58 victory.

NORTHWESTERN

Feb. 7, Kohl Center

Coach: Chris Collins, second season (14-19).

2013-14 record: 14-19, 6-12 (tied for 10th place) in the Big Ten.

Series: UW leads 112-62, including 64-21 in Madison.

Player to watch: Junior guard Tre Demps had 10 points and five assists off the bench to help Northwestern upset UW 65-56 at the Kohl Center last season.

Pregame tip: The Wildcats were a 17-point underdog when they won in Madison last season for the first time since 1996. You have to go all the way back to 1969 and 1970 to find the most recent time Northwestern won two consecutive games in Madison.

NEBRASKA

Feb. 10, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

Coach: Tim Miles, third season (34-31).

2013-14 record: 19-13, 11-7 (fourth place) in the Big Ten. The Huskers’ season ended with a 74-60 loss to Baylor in an NCAA tournament opener.

Series: Nebraska leads 11-9 and has won seven of 10 meetings in Lincoln.

Player to watch: Junior swingman Shavon Shields scored 26 points in the Cornhuskers’ 77-68 victory over visiting UW in last season’s regular-season finale, stopping the Badgers’ eight-game winning streak.

Pregame tip: How important was Nebraska’s home crowd during its win over UW at Pinnacle Bank Arena, where the Cornhuskers went 15-1 last season? “That's a pretty nice crowd they had,” UW’s Josh Gasser said. “Anytime (Nebraska) went on a run or started to go on a run, it got them more involved. It was just harder to stop.”

ILLINOIS

Feb. 15, Kohl Center

Coach: John Groce, third season (43-28).

2013-14 record: 20-15, 7-11 (tied for eighth place) in the Big Ten.

Series: Illinois leads 110-82 but has gone 39-55 in games played in Madison.

Player to watch: Senior center Nnanna Egwu was second in the Big Ten with 2.1 blocked shots per game last season. He also averaged 6.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Pregame tip: UW has won seven consecutive games in this series, with five double-digit margins in that span. Groce appears to have this program on the rise, however, and now has 11 players on the roster who have been in his system at least one season.

PENN STATE

Feb. 18, Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania

Coach: Patrick Chambers, fourth season (38-59).

2013-14 record: 16-18, 6-12 (tied for 10th place) in the Big Ten.

Series: UW leads 31-10, including 13-7 in State College.

Player to watch: Junior swingman Brandon Taylor had nine points and 10 rebounds in Penn State’s 71-66 home loss to UW last season.

Pregame tip: The Badgers have won three consecutive games in State College, but only by an average of 4.7 points. They needed a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Traevon Jackson two years ago and needed four free throws from Jackson in the final 17 seconds to hold off the Nittany Lions last season.

MINNESOTA

Feb. 21, Kohl Center

Coach: Richard Pitino, second season (25-13).

2013-14 record: 25-13, 8-10 (seventh place) in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers won the NIT postseason tournament, beating SMU 65-63 in the final.

Series: Minnesota leads 102-94. UW has a 61-33 record in games played in Madison.

Player to watch: Senior point guard DeAndre Mathieu averaged 14.7 points in three games against the Badgers last season with an assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 3-1.

Pregame tip: The Badgers have won 16 of their past 17 games against the Golden Gophers in Madison.

MARYLAND

Feb. 24, XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland

Coach: Mark Turgeon, fourth season (59-43).

2013-14 record: 17-15, 9-9 (tied for seventh place) in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Series: UW leads 5-2. The teams’ most recent meeting came on Nov. 25, 2009, when UW won 78-69 in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational.

Player to watch: Junior forward Jake Layman has started 45 games during his first two seasons at Maryland. He averaged 11.7 points per game as a sophomore and led the Terrapins with 61 3-pointers.

Pregame tip: Senior forward Evan Smotrycz averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds last season, his first playing for the Terrapins. Smotrycz should be able to give the Maryland coaches a decent scouting report on the Badgers after beginning his career at Michigan.

MICHIGAN STATE

March 1, Kohl Center

Coach: Tom Izzo, 20th season (468-187).

2013-14 record: 29-9, 12-6 (tied for second place) in the Big Ten. The Spartans’ season ended with a 60-54 loss to eventual national champion Connecticut in an Elite Eight matchup.

Series: Michigan State leads 75-61 and has won six of the past seven meetings. UW has won 44 of 68 games between the teams in Madison.

Player to watch: Junior guard Denzel Valentine had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a game-high 38 minutes during Michigan State’s 83-75 victory over UW in a Big Ten tournament semifinal last March in Indianapolis.

Pregame tip: UW avoids playing Michigan State at the Breslin Center, where the Badgers have lost eight consecutive games, for the second consecutive season. UW is 8-2 against the Spartans at the Kohl Center under Bo Ryan.

MINNESOTA

March 5, Williams Arena, Minneapolis

Coach: Richard Pitino, second season (25-13).

2013-14 record: 25-13, 8-10 (seventh place) in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers won the NIT postseason tournament, beating SMU 65-63 in the final.

Series: Minnesota leads 102-94, including 69-31 in Minneapolis.

Player to watch: Senior forward Maurice Walker scored 14 of 18 points in the first half to help the Golden Gophers roll to an 81-68 victory over UW at Williams Arena last season.

Pregame tip: The Gophers haven’t had a winning record in Big Ten play since the 2004-05 season, when they went 10-6 and tied for fourth place.

OHIO STATE

March 8, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Coach: Thad Matta, 11th season (275-83).

2013-14 record: 25-10, 10-8 (fifth place) in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes’ season ended with a 60-59 loss to Dayton in an NCAA tournament opener.

Series: Ohio State leads 86-67 overall and 54-22 in games played in Columbus.

Player to watch: Senior guard Shannon Scott had nine points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench in the Buckeyes’ 60-59 victory over UW last season at the Kohl Center. It was the only meeting of the season between the teams.

Pregame tip: Could this regular-season finale decide the Big Ten title? UW was the consensus pick for first place in a preseason poll of Big Ten beat writers, with Ohio State coming in second.

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