The Matchup: No. 25 Indiana (16-6, 6-3 B1G) at No. 4 Wisconsin (19-2, 7-1 B1G)
When: Tues., Feb. 3; 6pm CT
Where: Madison, WI; Kohl Center (17,279)
Radio: Badgers Sports Network
Last Meeting: UW won, 69-58, in Madison (2/25/14)
All-Time Series: IU leads, 94-68
G Yogi Ferrell - Jr. 6-0, 180 (16.1 ppg, 4.7 apg)
G James Blackmon Jr. - Fr. 6-4, 195 (16.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
G Robert Johnson - Fr. 6-3, 195 (9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
F Troy Williams - Fr. 6-7, 215 (13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
F Collin Hartman - So. 6-7, 215 (5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G Bronson Koenig - So. 6-4, 190 (6.1 ppg, 2.1 apg)
G Josh Gasser - Sr. 6-4, 192 (7.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
F Sam Dekker - Jr. 6-9, 230 (12.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
F Nigel Hayes - So. 6-8, 235 (12.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
C Frank Kaminsky - Sr. 7-0, 242 (17.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
Key Matchup: Bo Ryan vs. Tom Crean
Entering last season, the Badgers head coach was undefeated against Crean while at Indiana. That 13-game win streak was snapped in the January contest last season, but Wisconsin came back and won the rubber match last February.
For whatever reason, the Badgers and Bo Ryan seem to have the Hoosiers number with Crean as the head coach. Ryan seems to find a way to get his players up for this game more than any other every year. The chess match between these two coaches can make and break this game.
Both teams have a shortened bench because of injuries, so this game could swing on the adjustments and rotations the coaches put in to play. If we’re talking coaching X’s and O’s, give me Bo Ryan any day, all day.
3 Important Numbers:
- .826: That’s Bo Ryan’s winning percentage against Indiana, which stands as the second-best winning percentage against the Hoosiers by any Big Ten coach.
- 11.8: UW junior forward Sam Dekker is averaging 11.8 points per game in the four matchups he’s played against IU. He also has scored in double-digits in all four games against the Hoosiers in his career so far.
- 126: Senior guard Josh Gasser’s start on Tuesday will mark the 126th of his career and tie him with Alando Tucker for the most in a Badgers uniform. Unless something crazy happens, expect him to break that record this weekend against Northwestern.
Prediction: Wisconsin 74, Indiana 66
Don’t let the scoreline fool you in this game, expect the Badgers to be up by double-digits late and allow the Hoosiers back within under 10. However, without help from Hanner Mosquera-Perea on the front line it is going to be a long, long night up against Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes.
Wether the two do the damage down low or do more of the damage from the outside on the offensive end may not matter. It will be the defensive end that will make the difference. Look for the Badgers to take advantage of those two mismatches and try to lock down the perimeter, which is the dangerous part of Indiana’s game right now.