Wisconsin Badgers at Penn State Nittany Lions (10, 110.5)
No. 25 Wisconsin takes aim at its sixth consecutive victory Tuesday night when it travels eastward to face a slumping Penn State club.
The Nittany Lions have lost five of six, including a 78-54 drubbing at Ohio State last Wednesday, to fall into last place in the Big Ten. The Badgers, meanwhile, stayed one game behind league leader Ohio State after a 57-50 home win against then-No. 17 Indiana on Thursday.
The Badgers remain one of the most effective defensive teams in the country, leading Division I in points allowed (49.6) and field-goal percentage defense (36.3).
Wisconsin's defense should spell trouble for the Nittany Lions, who are already one of the coldest shooting teams in the country. Penn State is a distant last in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (38.3, 332nd in NCAA) and 3-point shooting (30.8 percent).
North Carolina Tar Heels at Wake Forest Demon Demons (16, 152.5)
North Carolina has traditionally experienced some turbulence when it pays a visit to Tobacco Road rival Wake Forest.
The Tar Heels have won just 11 of the last 20 meetings at Winston-Salem (N.C.) - and settled for a split in the last four contests overall between the in-state rivals.
Roy Williams' club looks to right the ship Tuesday when fifth-ranked North Carolina faces Wake Forest in the clubs' lone matchup this season. The Tar Heels have won three in a row and 12 of their last 13 while the Demon Deacons have been struggling in January.
Wake Forest has dropped six of the eight contests this month, including a 76-60 setback to Clemson on Saturday.The Tar Heels made good on Williams' vow that they would find their range from long distance.
Sophomore F Harrison Barnes connected on eight of 14 shots from the field for a team-high 23 points and North Carolina benefited from 10 3-pointers in its 93-81 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.