January 24, 2010

Breakdown: UW against Penn State

Wisconsin toughed out a win against Michigan earlier this week and seems to be right back on track following an earlier loss to Ohio State. Now, before heading on the road for a big game at Purdue, UW entertains Penn State this afternoon at the Kohl Center.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Penn State to provide a closer look at an early Big Ten conference tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Wisconsin has won 11 straight games in the series by an average of 19.9 points per contest.

-During that same stretch, Penn State has only averaged 50.4 points per game. UW's last loss to the Nittany Lions came on the road in February of 2003.

-UW has held Battle to just 9.6 points on 29 percent shooting from the field in five career games.

-With a win, Bo Ryan will become the second fastest Big Ten coach to reach the 100 conference wins plateau.

Penn State vs. Wisconsin
Penn State Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Talor Battle vs. Trevon Hughes, PG There is no question that Battle is one of the premier point guards in the league, but so is Trevon Hughes. And judging by past success against Battle, it seems as though Hughes has the Penn State junior figured out. Advantage: Wisconsin
Tim Frazier vs. Jason Bohannon, SG With the trio of guards in the starting lineup, Bohannon has become one of the better scoring threats on the team. It seems things have opened up a bit for him as teams give Hughes and Taylor a lot of added attention. If he hits shots, UW is tough to beat. Advantage: Wisconsin

Chris Babb vs. Jordan Taylor G Babb is a big guard that should test the strength and physicality of Taylor. But as he has proven in the past, Taylor should be up to the task. Advantage: Wisconsin
David Jackson vs. Tim Jarmusz, F Outside of Battle, Jackson is one of the more dynamic scorers on the PSU squad. He's long and lanky and typically provides a tough matchup. Jarmusz should be plenty confident, though, after his performance against Manny Harris earlier in the week. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jeff Brooks vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Coach Ryan said it best after the win over Michigan when he said Nankivil will bury some team if they keep giving him open shots from the perimeter. He has a sweet stroke, now it's just a matter of those shots falling. Advantage: Wisconsin
Andrew Jones (pictured), Andrew Ott, Bill Edwards, Adam Highberger and Cammeron Woodyard vs. Mike Bruesewitz (pictured), Rob Wilson, Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren, Bench With Taylor in the starting lineup, bench production has taken a sizable dip. Mabye after Wilson put up a career high 13 points against Michigan he can assume the void left by Taylor and become a legitimate scoring threat off the pine. Advantage: Wisconsin
Ed Dechellis vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach The numbers speak for themselves in this matchup. Bo Ryan has bested Dechellis in each of the past 11 meetings between the schools and they haven't even been close. It seems that the Badgers hold matchup advantages in nearly every category when these teams meet. Advantage: Wisconsin


Sunday, January, 24 at 1:30 p.m. CT


Madison, Wi.


Kohl Center (17,230)


Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and Shon Morris)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


UW leads 24-8


Wisconsin: USA Today: 19, Assoc. Press: 18

Penn State: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A

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