February 6, 2010

Breakdown: UW at Michigan

Wisconsin is currently riding a seven game winning streak against Michigan. If the Badgers hope to stay within striking distance of Michigan State in the standings, these are the games UW will need to win.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Michigan to provide a closer look at the critical Big Ten tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Tonight's game marks the 150th meeting between the two schools. Michigan holds the all-time edge with a 86-63 margin, but UW possesses a 43-32 tally in Madison.

-The Badgers have won 13 of the past 17 meetings with Michigan, including a current six-game winning streak.

-UW has never lost to Michigan at home under Bo Ryan and has won eight-straight at home overall.

-With a win, UW head coach Bo Ryan would have 99 Big Ten wins over his career.

Michigan vs. Wisconsin
Michigan Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Laval Lucas-Perry vs. Trevon Hughes, PG The nice thing about the development of Hughes as a player is his recognition when things are necessarily going well for him. Against Michigan State, early foul trouble sidetracked his flow of the game. In the second half, when it seemed like Hughes was forcing the issue too much, he cooly stepped back and started distributing the ball. Seven assists and a Badger win later, Hughes will get back on track today against Michigan. Advantage: Wisconsin
Stu Douglass vs. Jason Bohannon, SG WIth one more three-point attempt and one more three-point make, Bohannon will move into the top five in school history in both threes attempted and threes made. And following an impressive 19-point effort against MSU, it seems Bohannon has plenty of momentum riding in his favor. Advantage: Wisconsin
Zack Novak vs. Jordan Taylor G Not many players across the league hustle as much as Novak does for the Wolverines, so that will keep Taylor on his toes throughout the contest. If the Badger sophomore can hit some shots early, he could really open a lane into Michigan's zone and create opportunities for the Badgers. Advantage: Wisconsin
Manny Harris vs. Tim Jarmusz G/F Though Jarmusz doesn't contribute much offensively, he plays his role to a tee on the defensive side of the ball and on the boards. Last time, he held Manny Harris to only 11 points and made it rough on the Wolverine star throughout the game. Jarmusz will certainly be up to the challenge, but stopping Harris twice is easier said than done. Advantage: Michigan
DeShawn Sims vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Since Leuer has been sidelined with his wrist injury, Nankivil has really emerged as a legitimate scoring threat for a Wisconsin front court that desperately needed it. Against Sims, this could be the matchup that makes or breaks the contest. Nankivil will need to be assertive inside and have a soft touch from the perimeter. With four straight double-digit games it seems as though Nankivil has some scoring confidence on his side. Advantage: Push
Zack Gibson (pictured), Darius Morris, Matt Vogrich and Anthony Wright vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench With the emergence of Rob Wilson coming off the bench, it seems as though Wisconsin has found a legitimate scoring threat to replace what was lost when Taylor was moved to the starting lineup. If that bench production continues from the sophomore, UW will be in good shape to claim another victory. Advantage: Wisconsin
John Beilein vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Simply put, Beilein has never beaten a Bo Ryan coached team. And for whatever reason, it seems like UW has had an easier go of things in Ann Arbor against Michigan that it does at the Kohl Center, at least in recent memory. Advantage: Wisconsin


Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3:00 p.m. CT


Ann Arbor, Mich.


Crisler Arena (13,751)


CBS (Kevin Harlan and Bill Raftery)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Michigan leads 86-64

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won won 54-48 in Madison on Jan. 20, 2010.


Wisconsin: USA Today: 16, Assoc. Press: 16

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

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