February 25, 2010

Breakdown: UW at Indiana

Wisconsin was able to hold off a late charge from Northwestern in its last game. Now, with that win in hand, the Badgers have a chance to keep the pressure on the teams in front of them in the standings starting with a game at Indiana later tonight.

Before tonight's tip, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between the Badgers and Hoosiers to provide a closer look at a late season Big Ten tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Tonight's contest will be the 154th meeting in the all-time series between the two schools. At this point, Indiana leads the overall series by a 93-60 margin including a 51-24 edge in Bloomington.

-UW has won 11 of the last 14 games against the Hoosiers, including five straight overall. With a win, UW will complete its third-consecutive season sweep over IU and fourth of the Bo Ryan era.

-Under Ryan, UW is 11-3 vs. Indiana. After losing 22 consecutive games at IU's Assembly Hall from 1978-2001, UW is 4-2 in its last six visits.

Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Indiana Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Jeremiah Rivers vs. Trevon Hughes, PG With the recent production UW has been getting from Bohannon, Hughes hasn't had to step up his game on the offensive end as much. Still, as a leader, Hughes is in a bit of a slump. Look for him to get it going early. If so, he could be in for a big game against the struggling Hoosiers Advantage: Wisconsin
Verdell Jones vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Jones is one of the better scorers in the Big Ten that nobody talks about. He is averaging nearly 18 points per game in league play. Tonight, he will be matched up with one of the conference's hottest shooters in Bohannon. Over the past six games, Bohannon is averaging 19.5 points per game, including his 30-point explosion last time out against IU. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jordan Hulls vs. Jordan Taylor G Hulls is one of the better young shooters in the league. However, as a young player on a struggling team, he doesn't get as many looks as he probably should. Taylor, has also proven to be a solid defender in his time in the lineup this season. Advantage: Push
Christian Watford vs. Tim Jarmusz F Watford is the second leading scorer on Indiana's squad. Other than Jones, Watford is the only Hoosier to average double digit scoring. Jarmusz, while he's struggled offensively, will need to continue playing solid defense against Watford. Advantage: Indiana
Tom Pritchard vs. Keaton Nankivil, C For a big man, Nankivil has a great looking shot and has proven capable of knocking his jumpers down on a consistent basis. Tonight, against Pritchard who matches up well size wise, Nankivil could open the lane for the guards with a nice shooting performance. Advantage: Wisconsin
Devan Dumes (pictured), Derek Elston, Matt Roth, Bobby Capobianco and Daniel Moore vs. Jon Leuer (pictured), Ryan Evans, Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench Leuer has been inching his way back into form after missing nine games with a broken wrist. Tonight, in his third game back, look for Leuer to provide a major offensive and defensive boost off the bench. Advantage: Wisconsin
Tom Crean vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Since taking over Indiana, a team in shambles following the messy departure from Kelvin Sampson, Tom Crean has had his fair share of struggles. He's got some nice young talent in place, but they simply aren't quite ready to compete against he upper echelon Big Ten squads. Advantage: Wisconsin


Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8:00 p.m. CT


Bloomington, Ind.


Assembly Hall (17,456)


Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and Jimmy Jackson)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Indiana leads 93-60

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won won 83-55 in Madison on Feb., 13, 2010.


Wisconsin: USA Today: 19, Assoc. Press: 17

Indiana: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A

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