Indiana vs. Wisconsin Gameday

HoosierNation.com previews the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal match-up pitting fifth-seeded Indiana (17-10/9-7) and fourth-seeded Wisconsin (19-10/9-7), which tips off Friday at 2:30 p.m. EST at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse will be the site as fifth-seeded Indiana (17-10/9-7) squares off with fourth-seeded Wisconsin (19-10/9-7) at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana enters the contest on a four-game winning streak, while the Badgers have lost three of four. This will be the second meeting between the two schools this season, with Wisconsin whipping Indiana 72-54 in Madison last month.

Wisconsin owns a 9-7 record all-time in the Big Ten tourney, including winning the 2004 championship. The Badgers have appeared in the last two finals, losing in the championship game last season to Illinois, 54-43. Indiana, meanwhile, is 7-8 all-time in the conference's postseason tourney. IU has never won the tournament, losing to Iowa in its only tournament championship game appearance in 2001.

IU is coached by Mike Davis, who is in his sixth and final year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 113-77 career mark, including a 3-7 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 112-47 record since arrive in Madison in 2001, and a 495-150 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) , Steve Lavin (color commentary) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2005-06 Schedule

Wisconsin 2005-06 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana (17-10/9-7)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 162, Jr.) – 4.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg, 36.7% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 48.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG – A.J. Ratliff (6-2, 183, So.) – 3.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 31.3% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) – 13.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg, 42.2% 3 pt. shooting
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 17.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.7 bpg, 55.2% FG shooting

Wisconsin (19-10/9-7)
PG- Kammron Taylor (6-2, 175, Jr.) – 14.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 39.4% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Ray Nixon (6-8, 215, Sr.) – 6.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 37.6% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Alando Tucker (6-5, 205, Jr.) – 18.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 45.7% FG shooting
PF- Jason Chappell (6-10, 240, Jr.) – 4.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg 40.6% FG shooting
C – Brian Butch (6-11, 240, So.) – 9.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 49.8% FG shooting

Indiana 2005-06 Statistics

Wisconsin 2005-06 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Can Earl Calloway keep Kammron Taylor from getting untracked?– Wisconsin has been a two-tricky pony this year, relying on Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor for better than 50 percent of its points. Taylor, though, has been in a huge slump. In his last five games he's shooting 31 percent from the floor (18-of-58) and 19 percent from behind the 3-point arc (4-of-21). He's also been criticized for some questionable shot selection and for trying to force things when they aren't there. Not surprisingly, the Badgers struggled down the stretch.

IU Coach Mike Davis will likely count on Earl Calloway to keep Taylor from getting untracked in Indianapolis. Calloway has the ability to stay with Taylor off the dribble, and it will be important that Calloway contest Taylor's shot from the perimeter as well. The last thing Indiana wants to see is Taylor knock down a couple of shots early and build some confidence.

Can Killingsworth stay on the floor? - In the meeting in Madison, Killingsworth was limited to just 20 minutes of action due to foul trouble and eventually fouled out with more than eight minutes remaining. The Hoosiers were already struggling with him on the floor, but his departure made a bad situation even worse – they shot 28.6 percent from the floor in the loss, missing 40 of 56 shots.

Expect Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan to try to come up with a way to get Killingsworth in foul trouble again. Whether that comes by going inside to Brian Butch early or by trying to get some penetration and then catching Killingsworth rotating to help, the Badgers will make every effort to force the 6-8, 270-pound forward to the sidelines early.

Don't let Alando Tucker get behind the defense? - Indiana had no answers for Alando Tucker in Madison. The first-team All-Big Ten player scored 29 against IU, knocking down 12-of-20 shots in the process. A lot of that damage came when Tucker would get free on the baseline, and the Badgers would drop the ball to him after penetrating into the heart of the Hoosier defense. That created a handful of layups and dunks for the 6-5 forward.

There's little question Tucker will put up numbers against Indiana, but the Hoosiers must do a better job of limiting his easy opportunities. If Kammron Taylor or Michael Flowers gets into the lane, Indiana can't afford to leave Tucker to cut off the drive. That help is going to have to come from someone else, because Tucker is the primary target for the Badger guards once they break down their man off the dribble.

QUOTABLES
"(on why Marco Killingsworth hasn't been getting in foul trouble) I think the officials are doing a great job now. When you go and watch film of our games a lot of the opposing coaches are in the ear of the officials about Marco and it's unbelievable. I just think they are really watching him closely. A lot of the fouls he was getting were ticky-tack type of fouls." – Mike Davis.

"(Alando Tucker) is one of the best players in our league so what we have to do is just make sure that we contain him. He's been good and the way he's been playing you are not going to stop him. We just have to make sure we keep playing the same defense we are playing are now. Our defense over the last four games has definitely improved and that's the way we have to play."." – Mike Davis.

"Earl (Calloway) from a tempo standpoint is very important to us, because he is a guy that can really push the ball up the court. Without him our tempo is definitely different and so is getting back defensively. Now we have our wing guys doing a better job of running with Earl in transition. He's getting better and I thought he caused some havoc, because he can match-up from a speed standpoint with anyone. That's the way we need him to play for us to be an up-tempo type team."– Mike Davis.

"From day one our goal has to be to win a championship and this weekend we get our first opportunity. I think the guys are excited and we are going up to win the tournament." – Marshall Strickland.

DID YOU KNOW…
Unless the game is tied, it might be safe to leave when there are five minutes left in the game. Indiana is 15-0 this season when leading with five minutes remaining and 0-10 when it trails at the five-minute mark…Indiana and Wisconsin have met only once in the Big Ten Tournament, with IU posting a 64-52 win in 2001 in the quarterfinals…Indiana has played every team at least once in the Big Ten Tournament during its eight years of existence except Michigan State and Northwestern…In the two teams' first meeting this season Robert Vaden had his first career double-double, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds…Marshall Strickland needs one 3-pointer to move into the top-five on IU's career list in the category. Strickland has 177 3-pointers, while Kyle Hornsby ranks fifth with 178. A.J. Guyton owns the school record with 283 3-pointers…Robert Vaden's 68 3-pointers this season ranks 10th on IU's single-season list. Steve Alford holds the school record with 107 in 1987. Vaden can move into a tie for eighth with Bracey Wright (2004) and Tom Coverdale (2002) with two more 3-pointers…during the last five years, Wisconsin has amassed 55 Big Ten regular season wins, a total that ranks second to Illinois' 55. Indiana, meanwhile, has 45 Big Ten wins during that time span…Alando Tucker's first-team All-Big Ten selection marked the fifth straight season UW has had a consensus first-team All-Big Ten choice (Kirk Penney-2002, 2003; Devin Harris-2004; Mike Wilkinson-2005). In the previous 50 years, Wisconsin had only two consensus first-team All-Big Ten choices (Michael Finley-1993; Joe Franklin-1968)…and the most successful Badger of all-time is...Ray Nixon? During Nixon's four years in Madison, the Badgers have won 93 games, which equals the 93 victories for 2005 graduate Mike Wilkinson. Nixon has played in 82 of those victories.

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