Indiana vs. Wisconsin Gameday

HoosierNation.com previews the match-up pitting No. 24/21 Indiana (13-6/5-3) and Wisconsin (15-7/5-4), which tips off Wedneday at 7 p.m. EST at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Wisconsin
No. 24/21 (AP/Coaches) Indiana (13-6/5-3) travels to Madison, Wis., for a critical road contest against a struggling Wisconsin (15-7/5-4) team. Both teams are in need of a win to keep pace in the Big Ten title chase. While Indiana has dropped three of four, Wisconsin's struggles have been even more dramatic. Not only have the Badgers lost five out of six – including four out of five Big Ten games – but they also lost frontcourt reserves Marcus Landry and Greg Stiemsma at the semester break due to academics. That's left UW Coach Bo Ryan with a seven-man rotation.

IU is coached by Mike Davis, who is in his sixth year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 109-73 career mark, including a 3-6 mark against Wisconsin. Indiana has been to the postseason in four of Davis' five seasons (three NCAA invitations). Wisconsin, meanwhile, is coached by Bo Ryan, who is in his fifth year as Wisconsin's head coach and 22nd season overall. Ryan owns a 108-44 record since arrive in Madison in 2001, and a 491-147 mark overall. Ryan has guided the Badgers to two Big Ten regular season titles (2002, 2003) and a Big Ten postseason championship (2004) along with four straight NCAA invitations. The Badgers have advanced to the Sweet 16 twice in the last four years, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2005.

The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger (play-by-play) and Steve Lavin (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2005-06 Schedule

Wisconsin 2005-06 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
#24/21 Indiana (13-6/5-3)
PG- Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 11.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 48.6% 3 pt. shooting, 93.0% FT shooting
SG- Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) 14.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 46.2% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 200, Jr.) 9,7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 39.8% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Sean Kline (6-8, 233, Sr.) 1.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.4 apg, 8.5 minutes/game
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 18.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 57.3% FG shooting

Wisconsin (15-7/5-4)
PG- Kammron Taylor (6-2, 175, Jr.) – 15.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 41.6% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Ray Nixon (6-8, 215, Sr.) – 5.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 35.6% FG shooting
SF – Alando Tucker (6-5, 205, Jr.) – 18.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 45.0% FG shooting
PF- Jason Chappell (6-10, 240, Jr.) – 5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg 40.7% FG shooting
C – Brian Butch (6-11, 240, So.) – 10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 48.3% FG shooting

Indiana 2005-06 Statistics

Wisconsin 2005-06 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Will Indiana duplicate the energy that it played with a week ago?– While Indiana's situation is yet to become desperate, Indiana likely needs to find a way to win three road games in the second half of the Big Ten slate to be in contention for the league title. While it's never easy to win at the Kohl Center for visiting teams, Wisconsin appears to be ripe for the picking considering it's lost five of six, including its last two games at home. With that in mind, if Indiana can play with the sort of passion that it did in last week's games against Northwestern and UConn it should have an excellent chance of getting its first conference road win. After practice Tuesday, a couple of the players talked about trying to match the intensity level that they had during the season's first Big Ten road trip to East Lansing, a game that saw IU jump out to a seven-point lead in the game's first eight minutes before going into the locker room down only two at half. With that in mind, the first five minutes of this game is key.

Can Indiana keep Alando Tucker from scoring in the paint and from the free-throw line? - Wisconsin forward Alando Tucker beat Indiana a year ago with a tip-in at the buzzer, and if Wisconsin is going to knock off the Hoosiers, the 6'5", 205-pounder will be counted on to carry the Badgers again Wednesday night. Expect Tucker to be aggressive early in an effort to get a struggling Wisconsin offense untracked. While Tucker can score from the perimeter, he's best when he's using his athleticism in the lane, on the boards, and getting to the free-throw line. Indiana isn't going to shut down Tucker, but if the Hoosiers can limit the number of easy opportunities Tucker gets they'll have a great chance to win the game. On the other hand, if Tucker is getting to the line and getting IU's wings in foul trouble, it could be a maddening night for IU Coach Mike Davis in Mad-Town.

Can Indiana prevent Wisconsin from getting some home runs? - We're not talking about 400-foot bombs to straight away center field, but rather the sort of game-changing offensive outbursts that each team has unleashed on IU during its first three road contests. Against Michigan State it was a 10-0, five-minute run that turned a six-point game into a 16-point MSU lead with four minutes remaining. At Iowa, the Hawkeyes used a 14-0 run at the start of the second half to turn a three-point lead into a 17-point cushion. Finally, Minnesota's 13-0, seven-minute run midway through the first half opened a 19-point lead that IU could never recover from. No team can afford to give up those sorts of double-digit runs and win, particularly on the road and in an environment as hostile as the Kohl Center. Certainly being productive on the offensive end is one way to halt those kinds of breakaways, but Indiana needs to do a better job with its halfcourt defense of making teams take difficult shots and then coming away with defensive rebounds. That can help keep the crowd quiet, and ultimately the Badgers at bay.

QUOTABLES
"(on whether or not the fact Wisconsin has lost a couple of games at home in recent weeks makes it easier to go into the Kohl Center and win) I think it makes (Wisconsin) even hungrier to get a win. This game tomorrow night is very important for them because they have four losses and they don't want to go to five, and we have three losses and we don't want to go to four." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

"(on whether the fact Wisconsin has lost five out of six is a good thing or a bad thing) We're not worried about it. We're just trying to go in there and win. The records don't count right now. When you go play in someone's home, they're riled up, they have the crowd behind them and you have to go and play." – IU guard Earl Calloway.

"(on what IU has to do differently to get its first Big Ten road win of the season) Do what we're supposed to do, play our type of game, don't play their game, go in there and get a win. Push the tempo, get inside, play hard on defense, hustle back, sprint back, sprint on offense, do what coach asks us to do." – Earl Calloway.

"I think we just need to come out the way we did in the Michigan State game. I couple of things happened wrong in the second half (of the 87-73 loss to the Spartans), but if we come out on the road like we did against Michigan State, we'll have a lot of chances to win on the road." – IU guard Rod Wilmont.

"It's a great opportunity. We need to show people we can win on the road. This is a game we can win if we play as a team and go out there and do what we have to do and play our game." – Rod Wilmont.

DID YOU KNOW…
Indiana owns a 92-54 edge in the all-time series, but Wisconsin has won five out of the last six meetings…Indiana has lost five in a row in Madison, but three of those games have been decided by three or less points. IU lost 56-53 in 2000, 49-46 in 2001 and 62-60 in 2005…Marshall Strickland needs 64 points to become just the 40th player in IU history to score 1,000 career points…not only does Marshall Strickland lead the Big Ten in free-throw shooting at 93 percent (40-of-43), he's also connected on 21 straight free throws. That's the longest streak for an IU player since Bracey Wright hit 22 in a row during the 2002-03 season. Strickland is also on pace to break Steve Alford's school record for single-season free-throw percentage of 92.3 percent, which Alford set during the 1984-85 season…through 19 games, Indiana has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers nine times, including in the 88-80 loss to UConn on Saturday. During Mike Davis' tenure IU has accomplished that feat 42 times, going 32-10 in those games…Indiana has won 13 straight Big Ten home games over the last two seasons, the longest current streak in the conference. That's IU's best run of success since the Hoosiers won 31 straight Big Ten home games from 1991-95…One player who hasn't struggled away from Assembly Hall is Robert Vaden. The sophomore is IU's fourth-leading scorer in home games (11.3/game) but the team's leading point producer in road games (18.1/game)…after scoring 17 points in his first career game against Wisconsin, Marshall Strickland is averaging just 6.5 points in the other four, failing to score in double figures in any of those contests…Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor combine to average 37.1 points in UW's Big Ten contests, making them the highest-scoring duo in the league. That also accounts for 55.1 percent of Wisconsin's point production…6-7, 210-pound Badger walk-on Kevin Gullikson has seen his playing time increase dramatically with the loss of Stiemsma and Landry. Gullikson is averaging 17.0 minutes/game during the last three contests after playing a total of 19 minutes in Wisconsin's firsts 19 games.

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