January 5, 2011

Breakdown: UW vs. Michigan

The Wisconsin men's basketball team returns to the Kohl Center following a disappointing loss at the hands of Illinois last weekend. This time, the 11-3 Badger play host to Michigan.

Before tonight's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Michigan to provide a closer look at UW's conference opener.

Quick Notes:

-Wisconsin is currently in the midst of riding an 11-game home winning streak. Under Bo Ryan, UW boasts a ridiculous 70-6 record at home against Big Ten foes.

-UW has not lost back-to-back games since January of 2009, a span of 16 games.

-Wisconsin has defeated Michigan eight straight times.

Michigan vs. Wisconsin
Michigan Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Darius Morris vs. Jordan Taylor, PG Considering how much Taylor handles the ball its phenomenal the type of success the junior guard has. Not only does he rarely turn the ball over, he also scores the ball and dishes plenty to his teammates. In short, Taylor is one of the top guards in the Big Ten. Advantage: Wisconsin
Zach Novak vs. Josh Gasser, G Hoffarber is the 36th 1,000-point scorer in Minnesota history. Knowing that, Gasser is in for the biggest challenge of his young career. He will need to showcase the ability to chase through screen, particularly away from the ball. That's not necessarily the freshman's strong suit. Advantage: Minnesota
Tim Hardaway Jr. vs. Mike Bruesewitz F This will be a fun matchup to watch because it features two of the leages best rebounders. Mbakwe is averaging nearly 10 boards a game for Minnesota while Bruesewitz has the best knack for loose balls on the team. Mbakwe may overpower Bruesewitz, however. Advantage: Minnesota
Evan Smotrycz vs. Jon Leuer G/F Leuer has made shooting the deep ball look easy so far this season. Considering how well he can put the ball on the floor and score the basketball inside, Leuer's outside shooting does nothing but make him an even more formidable presence on the court. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jordan Morgan vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Nankivil has proven to be stout against traditional post players in the past and he'll need to do that again against Sampson. The Gopher junior has done nothing but improve his footwork throughout his career and is off to one of the better starts of his career. Nankivil will need to stay out of foul trouble and find ways to counteract Sampson's aggressiveness down low. Advantage: Push
Al Nolen (pictured), Colton Iverson, Austin Hollins, Chip Armelin, Maurice Walker and Maverick Ahanmisi vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Tim Jarmusz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench Tubby Smith likes to play a rotation of about ten guys and Nolan has proved to be a reliable scorer off the bench. Like Minnesota, UW will need to find that reliable scorer off the pine. Maybe Rob Wilson can fill that void as he continues to gain strength in his hamstring. Advantage: Minnesota
Tubby Smith vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Not many coaches come into the Kohl Center and beat a Bo Ryan coached squd. Tubby Smith is one that has. He's also coached his team to three-straight wins over UW, something a Minnesota team hadn't done in quite some time. Will Ryan and his team be able to halt the losing streak? Advantage: Push


Tuesday, December 28, at 6:00 p.m. CT


Madison, Wi.


Kohl Center (17,230)


ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Dan Dakich)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Minnesota leads 100-88

Last Meeting

Minnesota won, 68-52 on Feb. 18, 2010


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

Minnesota: USA Today: 13, Assoc. Press: 14

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