March 22, 2009

Breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Xavier

After advancing to the Sweet 16 for the third time in
the last six years, Wisconsin (31-4, 16-2) is looking to return to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005. Standing is the way is No. 10 Davidson and its 24-game win streak, the longest in the nation.

Today, analyzes the potential match-up's between Wisconsin and Davidson to provide a closer look at the NCAA Sweet 16 battle.

Quick notes:

-- This will be the second meeting between Wisconsin and Davidson

-- The Wildcats won the only previous meeting, 67-63, on Dec. 12, 1980 in the opening round of the First Union
Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

-- UW is 6-1 all-time against teams currently in the Southern Conference, including a 70-43 win over Wofford on Dec. 3 in Madison

UCONN vs. Wisconsin
Davidson Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
A.J. Price vs. Trevon Hughes, PG Though Hughes is coming off a 25-point performance against Kansas State, Richards averages eight assists per game, the top mark in the country. He also ranks 12th in college basketball with a 2.71-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. Advantage: Davidson
Craig Austrie vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Curry is no longer an unknown after scoring 70 points and shooting 52 percent from 3-point range in his first two games. This match-up should be one of the best so far in the tournament. Advantage: Davidson
Jerome Dyson vs. Joe Krabbenhoft SF Though the "glue guy" term has been vastly overused this season when describing Krabbenhoft, it's difficult to think of a better way to describe the all-Big Ten defender. Gosselin plays a very similar role for Davidson, but he does not match Krabbnehoft's production on the glass. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jeff Adrien vs. Marcus Landry, PF Going from Michael Beasley to Thomas Sander should be "different" to say the least. Landry continues to stay hot after being named the Big Ten Tournament MVP. Advantage: Wisconsin
Hasheem Thabeet vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Butch, Wisconsin's leading scorer and rebounder during the regular season, should be able to use his 3-inch advantage in the post. Advantage: Wisconsin
Kemba Walker (pictured), Gavin Edwards, Donnell Beverly and Charles Okwandu vs. Tim Jarmusz, Jon Leuer (pictured), Jordan Taylor and Robert Wilson, Bench Though Stiemsma is coming off one of his most effective games of the season, he must be able to provide solid minutes against teams without a true center (ie: Davidson). Davidson is deep off the bench, but they do not have the scoring threat Wisconsin has with Bohannon. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jim Calhoun vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Give McKillop credit for brining in Curry, whose only Division I interest came in the form of a walk-on opportunity from Virginia Tech. Still, Ryan's experience in a tournament setting gives him a distinct advantage over the leader of the Sweet 16 surprise. Advantage: Wisconsin


Friday, March 26, at 6:10 p.m. CT


Detroit, Mich.


Ford Field (72,818)


CBS (Gus Johnson, Len Elmore)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)


UW trails 0-1


Wisconsin: USA Today: 5th, Assoc. Press: 6th

Davidson: USA Today: 23rd, Assoc. Press: 23rd

Last Meeting

Davidson won, 67-63, on Dec. 12, 1980 in Charlotte, N.C.

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