Losers of three of their last four, the Badgers could use a strong victory as they chase Purdue in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin had been cruising until a sudden loss of form saw them lose to Northwestern, Michigan and Ohio State.
That has dropped the Badgers out of the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and quite possibly as low as a sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The selection committee has already indicated that they don’t particularly rank the Big Ten this season and that strength of schedule will be a major factor in their seeding decisions.
As such Wisconsin will be hoping to close out the regular campaign with victories over the Spartans, Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers before hopefully going deep in the Conference tournament.
That, however, may be a tall order for the Badgers whose three victories over ranked sides this season have been outside the top 20 against Syracuse, Indiana and Maryland.
Over in the ACC the Cavaliers of Virginia have similarly suffered a late season slump with four consecutive defeats to Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and Miami before hammering North Carolina State 70-55 on Saturday.
A rematch with the Tar Heels is on tap on Monday before Virginia closes out the regular campaign against Pitt.
Like Wisconsin the Cavaliers seem likely to fall off the five line in the NCAA Tournament and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Virginia slotted in as a seventh seed in the next round of projections.