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March 19, 2011

Breakdown: UW vs. Kansas State

With a convincing win over Belmont to kick off the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin enters its third round game against No. 5 Kansas State with plenty of momentum.

Before tonight''s tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Kansas State to provide a closer look at UW's round of 32 tournament matchup.

Quick Notes:

-Tonight's game will mark the sixth ever meeting between both UW and Kansas State. Wisconsin owns a 3-2 edge in the series.

-The Badgers knocked off Kansas State in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Current Badgers Tim Jarmusz, Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Brett Valentyn all received minutes in that matchup.

-Wisconsin junior guard Jordan Taylor is only 33 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career.

Kansas State vs. Wisconsin
Kansas State Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Jacob Pullen vs. Jordan Taylor, PG Pullen and Taylor are essentially the same player. They're both strong, physical guards that not only take most of the big shots for their respective team, but also dish all the key assists. Taylor, considering the way UW runs its offense, is absolutely critical for any Badger success. He gets the ball late in shot clock situations - pressure situations -and never turns the ball over. That is what puts Taylor just a hair ahead of Pullen in this matchup. Advantage: Wisconsin
Shane Southwell vs. Josh Gasser, G Southwell is very athletic at the guard position, but he tends to play a little fast for his own good at times. He averages just over 12 minutes per game and is good for more than one turnover per outing. That's not necessarily the recipe you want out of one of your guards. Gasser, on the other hand, is pretty sure handed with the ball. Even when he's not scoring he's not much of a turnover liability. In a lower possession game like today, that's key. Advantage: Wisconsin
Rodney McGruder vs. Tim Jarmusz F Jarmusz, as a senior, has a huge game in him yet. And he started to show signs of aggression in the tournament opener Thursday night. He was all over the offensive glass, played very solid defense and hit a couple shots. In a game that has potential to be nip and tuck throughout, Jarmusz is a player that will need to step up again. His draw of the athletic McGruder will be tough, though. McGruder is the second leading scorer behind Pullen on this Wildcat squad. Advantage: Kansas State
Jamar Samuels vs. Jon Leuer G/F Leuer was surprisingly quiet during the first half of Wisconsin's win over Belmont Thursday night. Then the senior woke up and completely forced his will on the Bruins. At his size, there aren't many people that can match what Leuer presents. If he's on, he's really on. He will be key for the Badgers today. Leuer will be tested with Samuels today, but Leuer will likely have an upper hand. Advantage: Wisconsin
Curtis Kelly vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Kelly is one of the top rebounders in the country and it's no secret. He's got a wide frame and a strong upper body that lets him hold onto the ball in clustered areas. Nankivil, who is UW's best post defender, will have to be on top of his game defensively. Will there be an offensive letdown from the Badger senior because his energy is focused on the defensive side of the ball? Advantage: Push
Will Spradling, Jordan Henriquez-Roberts, Martavious Irving vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench Bruesewitz laid to rest any talk of his sprained knee with a stellar performance Thursday night. His energy, particularly on the glass, will be absolutely vital for UW tonight. If he's unable to bring a similar energy, Kansas State could get a bevy of second chance points. But there hasn't really been a time that Bruesewitz failed to bring it. If he's in the lineup, he'll play hard. Advantage: Wisconsin
Frank Martin vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Martin and Ryan are two of the more animated coaches on the sideline in all of college basketball. They're pretty good at what they do, too. You know both teams will bring it. Having committed double-digit turnovers against Belmont, expect UW to really take care of the ball tonight. That will only increase their chances to win. Advantage: Wisconsin


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UW leads 3-2

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won, 72-55, in 2008 NCAA Tournament


Wisconsin: USA Today: 13, Assoc. Press: 16

Kansas State: USA Today: 23, Assoc. Press: 21

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