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Wisconsin vs Indiana: UW Badger Basketball Preview

UW Badger Basketball
Wisconsin vs Indiana
Thursday 2/13/2010
TV: Big Ten Network
Time: Sunday, 1:00 PM CT
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, WI

Badger Game Preview - First Easy Trey:
1. The Badgers are 18-6 and ranked 13th in the nation for now,Indiana is not ranked and is 9-14 overall and 3-8 in the conference. Indiana has wins against Michigan and Minnesota at home and Penn State on the road. Indiana lost large in their last game 69-52 at home versus Ohio State. Other than their road game against Penn State Indiana has been loosing by double digits on the road in the Big Ten. Indiana's losses are to Ohio State,Illinois,Michigan,Iowa,Purdue and Northwestern.

2. Indiana starts Tom Pritchard and Christian Watford at the forwards and Jeremiah Jones,Verdell Jones, and Jordan Hulls at the guards. Sophomore guard Verdell Jones leads the Indiana effort with 14.7 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. Forward Christian Watford adds 12.5 points for game and from their the scoring for Indiana drops of dramatically to the 6.0 points per game range for all of the other players. Indiana gets good minutes off the bench from Devan Dumes,Daniel Moore, and Bobby Capobianco but they don't add much on the offensive end.

3. The Badgers have won 9 straight at home versus Indiana, it is nice to build a streak like this after having to hear for many years about the Badgers futility in Bloomington.

Badger Game Preview - Fast Break Keys to the Game:

1. As we talked about we aren't that down about the loss to the Illini as it was a match up problem against Illinois height that disrupted the offense. The key in this game is making sure to go back to what has been successful this year the dribble penetration and kickouts to the outside for in rythem high percentage shots. The Badgers couldn't get Tisdale in foul trouble like the other elite Big Ten teams have been able to do and he stayed down low and stopped the easy runners making the kickouts less effective as the game went on, in fact the Badgers shot only 25.8% in the second half. Indiana is not a team of trees so it is time to practice what this team does best.

2. Have Rob Wilson get involved in the game more and earlier on. Rob Wilson didn't get as many minutes against Illinois because of the height matchup problem but when he was in he showed great potential with his ability to get down low and convert or be fouled. Rob has been coming on strong in Big Ten play and this would be a great game for the him to really assert himself on offense at times. In addition Ryan Evans played 4 minutes against Illinois which is way off of his season average because of the matchup problem created because Illinois didn't have to guard him as close and instead was able to keep another man down low when he was in. This is a big game to get Evans back on track, hopefully he understands why he didn't get in and it doesn't send him into a funk.

3. Get Jordan Taylor back on track, Jordan has gone into a shooting funk as he has had trouble with both his runners and jump shooting of late. It would seem like an excellent game to try to get Jordan involved in the game early, if Taylor can't get it going on offense it is important that he doesn't let those problems effect his defense like he seemed to against Illinois.

Badger Game Preview Prediction:
The Badgers will get back on track in this game as the dribble penetration will work like it normally does allowing for in rhythm open shots off of kick outs. In addition the Badgers will get some easy runners in this game and good passes down low will get some bunnies. We have the Badgers winning 65-50.

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