After snapping its two-game losing streak with an easy win over Northwestern on Tuesday, Maryland men’s basketball goes back on the road to face a tough Wisconsin team.

It was a wild ending when these two teams met last month, and we talked to Sebastian van Bastelaer of The Daily Cardinal for the second time this season to see if he thinks the Terps and Badgers will play another classic in Madison on Friday night. His answers have been lightly edited for clarity.

The Badgers have won four in a row since their loss to Maryland earlier this month. Do you think that second half comeback sparked this Wisconsin team?

I certainly think that the Jan. 14 game in College Park was an inflection point for this team. The first half was absolutely atrocious — it looked like it was the Badgers’ first time playing the game of basketball. They picked it up in the second half, however, with a torrid performance from beyond the arc.

Now, obviously they haven’t been able to replicate the absurd shooting that they displayed at the Xfinity Center, but they haven’t had to. We haven’t seen anything similar to the 15-point clunker in the first half against Maryland. That Maryland game may not have taught them how to overcome their own errors — they did lose that game, after all — but it certainly taught them the importance of avoiding committing those errors in the first place.

This winning streak has included a huge win over Michigan and a win in which Ethan Happ didn’t even get into double figures. How impressive have these last four games been?

I’ll be the to first point out that aside from the massive emotional victory over Michigan, their wins have come over some lackluster Illinois and Northwestern teams, in addition to a Nebraska squad missing its second-highest scorer. But as the Terrapins learned at MSG, there’s lots of parity in this league. You’re happy with any win, and four consecutive wins is nothing to complain about.

You’re absolutely right to point to Happ’s low scoring totals, because that’s been the most impressive part of this run. Yes, he scored 26 against Michigan, but has averaged barely over 10 points per game in the three victories since. He’s seen the ball a little less, and has distributed it more — in his performance against Northwestern, only the third triple-double in school history, he only scored 13 points.

It’s been his teammates who have picked up the slack. Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice, who shot 60 percent from the field over the Badgers’ first nine games before dropping off precipitously, has started to hit his shots. Freshman guard Kobe King, perhaps the most versatile scorer on the team, has seen much more time and gained confidence. Emotional leader Brad Davison keeps shining — he went on a personal 7-0 run to ice away the game against the Cornhuskers. In that Nebraska game, you also saw big plays from bench guys like center Charles Thomas IV, who knocked down an extraordinarily rare triple to tie the game in the second half. And of course, we’ll talk about Reuvers in a second.

Last time we spoke, you said the Badgers were a middle-of-the-pack team in the Big Ten. Where do you think they stack up now?

The recent string of victories has me feeling a bit more buoyant. I still think the Badgers are a tier below Michigan State and Michigan, but solidly belong in that second group along with Purdue and Maryland. I think they’ll finish somewhere around fourth, between the Terps and Boilermakers (not necessarily in that order), and get a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Nate Reuvers lit up the Terps last time and even set another career-high against Illinois last week. What has allowed him to take the next step?

Of all the positive developments over the last couple weeks for Wisconsin, Reuvers has been perhaps the biggest. We’ve always known he can shoot the ball, but physical development has enabled him to become a threat all over the floor and a rim-protector on defense. He is no longer a defensive liability and leads the team in blocks. He also put on considerable muscle mass this offseason and has clearly benefited from battling Happ in practice, the latest example of Badger big man improving from facing someone better than him in practice.

While he missed the potential game-tying shot, he still scored a team-high 18 points against Maryland and now he scored 22 against the Illini and had ten at Nebraska. His development has meant that teams must now worry about a dominant traditional big man at the five in addition to a more modern stretch four. It’s tough to commit to stopping Happ if the other big man can shoot like a guard, and that dynamic makes this Badgers team all the more dangerous.

Finish this sentence: Wisconsin wins if…

Happ and Reuvers outduel Bruno Fernando, who is one of the other premier big men in the conference. He only played 21 minutes against the Badgers last time because of foul trouble. Also, if Wisconsin is able to score at least a meager 25 points in the first half and avoid digging themselves a hole, they can cruise at the Kohl Center.

Finish this sentence: Maryland wins if…

Fernando stays out of foul trouble, and the Badgers get into it. A deciding factor down the stretch the last time these two teams met was the Terps’ 29 free throw attempts. They hit 24 of them, while UW mustered a meager 3-for-6. While I’d expect those numbers to converge a bit, Maryland is clearly a better team from the line, and it showed two weeks ago.