February 13, 2010

Breakdown: UW against Indiana

After losing somewhat surprisingly to Illinois earlier in the week, the Wisconsin men's basketball team looks to keep pace in the conference race this afternoon against Indiana.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between the Badgers and Hoosiers to provide a closer look at an important Big Ten tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Today's contest will be the 153rd meeting in the all-time series between the two schools. At this point, Indiana leads the overall series by a 93-59 margin. In Madison, Indiana holds a tighter 40-35 edge.

-UW has won 10 of the last 13 games against the Hoosiers, including eight straight at the Kohl Center. Indiana has not won in Madison since 1998.

-Ryan boasts a 6-3 all-time record vs. Tom Crean, with seven of those decisions coming while Crean was the head coach at Marquette.

Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Indiana Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Jeremiah Rivers vs. Trevon Hughes, PG Rivers, as well as Hughes, has shown to be an explosive player at certain times throughout the season. But Rivers, again as well as Hughes, has been inconsistent. Look for Hughes to bounce back from a stretch of rough games and lead his team to a needed victory following that stumble earlier in the week. Advantage: Wisconsin
Verdell Jones vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Jones seems to have made an impressive leap from year one to year two under coach Crean. He is the leading scorer for the Hoosiers and creates plenty of opportunities for his teammates. For the Badgers, Bohannon is shooting the ball rather well. Should he keep that streak alive, UW will be fine. Advantage: Wisconsin
Christian Watford vs. Jordan Taylor G Behind Jones, Watford is arguably the Hoosiers best player. He rebounds, he scores and he plays tenacious defense. For Taylor, a player that struggled throughout the second half of Tuesday's loss, this should be a good test. Especially considering Watford is listed at 6-foot-9. Advantage: Push
Derek Elston vs. Tim Jarmusz G/F Elston and Jarmusz play have similar styles. Neither will light up the scoreboard, but both do the little things right. Jarmusz has shown in recent games that he may be coming out of his month-long slump by hitting a few 3-pointers. Just don't expect much scoring from this matchup today. Advantage: Push
Tom Pritchard vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Nankivil has got to be one of the more up and down players in the entire Big Ten. One game he will shoot lights out (Purdue) and the next he will struggle to find his rhythm. Even worse, nobody is able to predict which Nankivil will show up. We do know that when the Badger junior hits his shots, it opens up a lot of space for his teammates, particularly the guards. Advantage: Wisconsin
Devan Dumes (pictured), Jordan Hulls, Matt Roth, Bobby Capobianco and Daniel Moore vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench Crean likes to play around five guys off his bench. While UW doesn't quite have that luxury at this point, it still has a solid bench with contributors like Rob Wilson stepping up his game. Don't be surprised if IU gets more bench production today, though, just considering more players come off the bench and get into the game. Advantage: Wisconsin
Tom Crean vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Ryan has had a good amount of success against Crean over the years. It seems the Badgers tenacious defense frustrates the offenses of Crean's up-tempo style. Considering UW rarely loses back-to-back games, Ryan has a bit of an upper hand in this tilt. Advantage: Wisconsin


Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1:00 p.m. CT


Madison, Wis.


Kohl Center (17,230)


Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Jimmy Jackson)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Indiana leads 93-59

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won won 85-61 in Madison on March, 8, 2009.


Wisconsin: USA Today: 13, Assoc. Press: 11

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

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