All signs point to a third blowout victory for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.
After beating UW-Milwaukee by 19, then Tennessee by 20, the Badgers are set to host a New Year’s Eve game with Rider at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kohl Center.
But, before discarding the Broncos as a throw away game, they are 7-3 and in first place in the MAAC, led by 6-foot-9-inch center Tyere Marshall and his 15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds.
Wisconsin has been a rollercoaster so far this season, so it’s hard to say what team will show up.
It’s also hard to predict which Kobe King will show up, as well.
The Badgers (7-5) are coming off a couple blowout victories, but it hasn’t really been because of King, a La Crosse native.
The redshirt sophomore averaged just 20 minutes the past two games. He was 0-for-3 against UW-M and 2-for-5 against Tennessee.
Before that, King had been averaging 30.6 minutes a game, and led the Badgers in scoring with back-to-back games of 18 and 24 points against Rutgers and Indiana, respectively.
For the season, King is averaging 10.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the field (basically his percentage all three years at Wisconsin, so far). He’s shooting a career-low 26.3 percent from beyond the arc, however.
He’s also averaging 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, .6 blocks and 1.5 turnovers in 11 games. King played 35 games last year, starting once. He played just 10 games his freshman year, before suffering a season-ending knee injury, where he fractured his left patella.