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February 9, 2011

Breakdown: UW at Iowa

Though Wisconsin finished logged impressive wins over Purdue and Michigan State, it wasn't the only team to find success over the past week. Iowa, UW's opponent tonight, also logged a couple of victories over Michigan State and Indiana. Tonight, one teams winning streak comes to an end.

Before tonight's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between the Badgers and Hawkeyes to provide a closer look at UW's key Big Ten matchup.

Quick Notes:

-For the second consecutive year the Wisconsin men's basketball team has started the season 17-5 overall and 7-3 in Big Ten play. While the record is the same, the Badger offense is playing better. Through 10 games, UW is averaging more than six points a game more than it did a year ago.

-Averaging nearly 40 points per game, Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer are the top scoring tandem in the league.

-Taylor's 3.88 assist-to-turnover ratio is tops in the nation. UW's 1.78 assist-to-turnover ratio as a team also ranks No. 1 in the nation.

Iowa vs. Wisconsin
Iowa Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Bryce Cartwright vs. Jordan Taylor, PG Cartwright is one of the handful of freshmen across the league that is starting to make a name for himself. Though he's not at the level Taylor is, it seems as though he has the potential to one day get there. Tonight, with the way Taylor has recently been playing, it will probably be a difficult draw for the one freshman. Advantage: Wisconsin
Matt Gatens vs. Josh Gasser, G Gatens is one of those wily juniors that has played a ton of minutes during his career. He may not be playing as well as Taylor is for Wisconsin, but his path at Iowa has been similar to Taylor's at UW. He's clutch at the line, he's a solid shooter and a tough, gritty defender. Gasser has proven to be solid in his own right, but tonight will mark yet another tough draw for the Badger freshman. Advantage: Iowa
Eric May vs. Tim Jarmusz F May shoots better from downtown (.471) than he does anywhere else on the floor (.439). Considering May has only fired 59 shots on the season it's obvious he's not a huge threat to take a bunch of shots, but he's efficient enough to average seven points per game. Jarmusz, who is one of the streakier spot up shooters in the Big Ten will likely need to can a couple during tonight's game to help UW's offense function a little better. Advantage: Push
Melsahn Basabe vs. Jon Leuer F Leuer is fresh off his third Big Ten Player of the Week award and he kind of flew under the radar with the way Taylor played. Its evident Leuer and Taylor are becoming one of, if not the top, tandem in the Big Ten. Nobody has shown an effective way to slow the senior forward and a lot of that credit needs to be directed towards Leuer's versatility. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jarryd Cole vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Nankivil has emerged as a legitimate third scorer to compliment Taylor and Leuer. He's shooting a remarkable percentage from downtown and is evolving into a very good rebounder. His emergence has been key to UW's success this season. Advantage: Wisconsin
Roy Devyn (pictured), Zach McCabe, Andrew Brommer, Devon Archie and Jordan Stoermer vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Tim Jarmusz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench There doesn't need to be one consistent fourth scorer each game in the sense that the same person doesn't need to be the one scoring game in and game out. Instead, one of the stable of potential fourth scorers needs to step up each night. They can rotate. If they do, be it Evans, Bruesewitz, Gasser or Wilson, UW will be a very tough draw for just about anybody in the league. Advantage: Wisconsin
Fran McCaffery vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Ryan and McCaffery are both Philly guys that have that competitive nature so often seen from that area of the United State. They both seem to coach with everything they've got and they're players buy into their system. As Iowa gets deeper into its season the continuity continues to improve. McCaffery will eventually turn this Iowa program around. It may not be this year, but it will happen. Tonight, I like the way Ryan has his team playing and I suspect they'll be focused even though Ohio State lurks around the corner. Advantage: Wisconsin


Date/Time

Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. CT

Location

Iowa City, IA.

Arena

Carver-Hawkeye Arena (14,123)

Television

Big Ten Network (Eric Collins & Shon Morris)

Radio

Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series

Tied at 76-76

Last Meeting

UW won, 67-40, in Madison, on March 3, 2010

Rankings

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

Iowa: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A



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