November 21, 2008

Wisconsin to take on Iona in Paradise Jam opener

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin men's basketball team is about to get a taste of what its' like to play in March this weekend, even though the calendar has not even turned to December.

The Badgers are back in the Virgin Islands for the annual Paradise Jam tournament. Three years removed from winning the tournament, UW is joined by seven other teams, including No. 17 Miami and No. 2 Connecticut.


The following is a breakdown of the 2008 Paradise Jam tournament:

First round match-ups:

Game 1: No. 17 Miami defeats Southern Mississippi, 70-60.
Game 2: Valparaiso vs. San Diego, 2:30 p.m. central
Game 3: La Salle vs. No. 2 Connecticut, 5:00 p.m. central
Game 4: Iona vs. No. 22 Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. central

Inside look at UW's match-up with the Gaels

-Trevon Hughes vs. Rashon Dwight

Dwight possesses the skills to make an impact at multiple guard positions so Hughes, one of UW's better defensive guards will likely draw the match-up. Hughes, as a junior, possesses more experience than Dwight, a sophomore, but so much of that can be thrown out when playing an unfamiliar opponent.

Advantage: Hughes

-Jason Bohannon vs. Milan Prodanovic

So far, Bohannon is tied for second on the team averaging 13 point per game. His quick release and ability to drive the lane have improved over last season and he remains a deadly shooter from downtown. Prodanovic will need to play stellar defense, especially when coming around screens because Bohannon mover exceptionally well without the ball.

Advantage: Bohannon

-Joe Krabbenhoft vs. Jermel Jenkins

Krabbenhoft has already had to guard a smaller, quicker guard when the Badgers played Long Beach State. Coming into the game, Donovan Morris was the best 49ers scorer, and although he scored 10 straight points at one time during the game, he was held 10 points below his average. If Krabbenhoft matches up with Jenkins, he will need to defend in a similar fashion.

Advantage: Krabbenhoft

-Keaton Nankivil vs. Gary Springer

In Iona's only game so far, Springer scored 23 of the Gaels 56 points. Nankivil will match-up well height-wise with Springer who stands 6-foot-9, but as one of two seniors on Iona's team, Springer will hold an advantage with experience. At points, Nankivil has shown flashes of his scoring ability, but he is still relatively raw. This will be his toughest test of the very young season so far.

Advantage: Springer

-Marcus Landry vs. Jonathan Huffman

Landry has played exceptionally well so far this season. In two games, the senior is averaging 19 points per game to compliment his intimidating presence on the defensive end. Against SIU-Edwardsville, Landry swatted five Cougar shots.

Huffman does hold the height advantage, so it will be interesting to see how Landry handles the taller opponent.

Advantage: Landry

Prediction:

Sure, Iona is very young, but they are well coached and could surprise some teams this season. In its only game this season, the Gaels held Hampton to only 46 points. In order for them to beat the Badgers, it will have to play exceptional defense once again.

In the end, the Badger's will wear down the Gaels and pull away during the final eight minutes of the contest for a 73-59 win.

Lea's record: 2-0

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