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Big Ten Basketball Viewers Guide: Jan. 15, 2015

We’ve got a light load in terms of volume of games on Thursday, however the one game on the slate promises to hold some big time importance in Big Ten basketball.

We’ve got Wisconsin taking on Nebraska, two teams who battled hard against each other last season and have really gotten after each other in great games since the Huskers joined the league.

We’ll also see five of the best players the league has to offer thanks to the return of one Wisconsin big man to the lineup. Let’s take a look at the single game on the slate for the night.

Nebraska (10-6, 2-2 B1G) at No. 7 Wisconsin (15-2, 3-1 B1G)

Time: 9pm ET

TV: ESPN2

Why You Should Watch: Wisconsin is in an interesting spot coming in to this game. Senior center Frank Kaminsky will likely be in the starting lineup after suffering concussion-like symptoms a week ago against Purdue. However, Wisconsin will also be facing a six-week period without senior point guard Traevon Jackson, meaning sophomore point guard Bronson Koenig will get his first-ever start at the position and just second start of his career.

Then there’s the whole coming back from the stunning loss to Rutgers on Sunday to deal with. You can bet Nebraska and Terran Petteway isn’t going to back down from this challenge. Petteway is averaging 18.9 points per game, but he isn’t the only scoring threat. There’s also Shavon Shields, who is averaging a shade over 17 points per game himself. If you want to see an old-school, physical Big Ten basketball game…well, this is your game folks. Wisconsin and Nebraska have banged it out since the Huskers joined the league back in 2011-12, with the Badgers winning four of the last five meetings.

Nebraska took the last one, beating the Badgers in 77-68 near the end of last season. You can bet both teams will be up for this game, and it should be very interesting to see what happens on Thursday night.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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