January 20, 2011

Breakdown: UW vs. Indiana

Following a 76-66 win over Illinois, the Wisconsin men's basketball team hopes to win back-to-back games for the first time since entering Big Ten play. Only a hungry Indiana team stands in the way.

Before tonight's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Indiana to provide a closer look at UW's early season rivalry matchup.

Quick Notes:

-Wisconsin has won 13 consecutive home games and 31 of the last 32. During it's 10 games at home this season, UW has outscored its opponents by an average of 22.3 points per game.

-During Big Ten play, Wisconsin has averaged just 6.2 turnovers per game. UW's 8.2 turnovers per game is tops in the nation.

-Point guard Jordan Taylor ranks second nationally with a 3.95 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Indiana Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Jordan Hulls vs. Jordan Taylor, PG As far as point guard battles in the Big Ten go, it doesn't get much better than Taylor vs. Lucas. Both are incredibly sound with the ball, can score if needed and get after it defensively. Lucas doesn't score as much as Taylor, but that's because he doesn't need to. Taylor will yet again need to carry the scoring load along with Leuer, which is easier said than done with Lucas defending him. At home, Lucas gets the very slight edge. Advantage: Michigan State
Verdell Jones vs. Josh Gasser, G Wilson broke into the starting lineup last time out for UW, but quickly wound up back on the bench with a couple of quick fouls. If the junior is to make any sort of offensive progress this season, he'll need to stay out of foul trouble. Going against a freshman, Wilson needs to step up on both sides of the ball. Appling, on the other hand, doesn't have much pressure on him. He doesn't need to score, so whatever he contributes is a bonus. Advantage: Push
Jeremiah Rivers vs. Tim Jarmusz F Summers is one of MSU's better scorers. Jarmusz is one of UW's better defenders. Something has to give. Playing at home, coming off a loss, it wouldn't be far fetched to see Summers having a big game at the forward position. Defensively, he won't be tested too much because Jarmusz isn't the type to go off the dribble. That means Summers should be able to conserve some energy defensively. Advantage: Michigan State
Victor Oladipo vs. Jon Leuer G/F Midway through the season, Leuer is starting to rack up the accolades. He's averaging more than 19 points per game and shooting the ball better than ever before. Roe, who has a history of injuries, will need to be on top of his game defensively because Leuer is one of the more versatile players in the league. Advantage: Wisconsin
Christian Watford vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Green is the emotional leader on a Spartan squad with its back to the wall. Expect him to come out focused with intentions of setting the tone early in this rivalry game. Nankivil, who is UW's premier low post defender, has been hot lately. He's shooting better than 60 percent from downtown over the past five games. This will be one of the more fun matchups to keep an eye on. Advantage: Push
Tom Pritchard (pictured), Will Sheehey, Derek Elston, Matt Roth and Bobby Cpobianco vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Tim Jarmusz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench As he showed when Michigan State went to Duke earlier this season, Lucious has the propensity to have big outputs during the biggest of games. With his team needing a win, expect the junior to come off the bench with plenty of energy. Bruesewitz, Berggren and Evans will need to provide something offensively to alleviate some of the pressure from Leuer and Taylor. Advantage: Michigan State
Tom Crean vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Bo owns a 12-5 record against Izzo and the Spartans, but he is only 2-5 on the road in the series. With his team fresh off a somewhat surprising loss at Penn State, expect Izzo to rally his troops against one of his fiercest rivals. That doesn't sound good for UW. Advantage: Michigan State


Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:00 p.m. CT


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ESPN (Dave O'Brien & Dan Dakich)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Michigan State leads 68-59

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won, 67-49 on Feb. 2, 2010


Wisconsin: USA Today: 21, Assoc. Press: 20

Michigan: USA Today: RV, Assoc. Press: 24

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