Indiana vs. Wisconsin Gameday

The Big Ten lead is on the line in Madison Thursday night when No. 11/11 Indiana (17-2/6-0) takes on No. 13/13 Wisconsin (16-3/6-1) at the Kohl Center. The Hoosiers are a perfect 4-0 on the road this season, but are looking for their first win in Madison since 1998…

Game Particulars: Indiana (17-2/6-0) vs. Wisconsin (16-3/6-1)
Big Ten powers collide Thursday night in Madison, and Indiana has a chance to separate itself from the top tier of Big Ten title contenders when it takes on Bo Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Kohl Center. Indiana is the Big Ten's only defeated team in conference games at 6-0, but Wisconsin is one of the three teams on their heels with only one conference loss. Indiana figures to have its work cut out for it. Not only is Eric Gordon less than 100 percent with a left wrist injury, but the Badgers are a staggering 103-6 at the Kohl Center under Ryan.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 38-13 record in Bloomington and a 493-270 career mark. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is coached by Bo Ryan, who is now in his seventh year in Madison and owns a 158-58 mark. Ryan is in his 24th year as a head coach overall and owns a 541-161 mark.

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

Indiana 2007-08 Schedule

Wisconsin 2007-08 Schedule

Indiana Hoosiers (17-2/6-0)
PG- Armon Bassett(6-1, 176, So.) – 10.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 55.2% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 21.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 40.4% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) 7.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 42.1% FG shooting
F – Mike White (6-6, 232, Sr.) 3.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 39.0% FG shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 16.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 61.5% FG shooting

Wisconsin Badgers (16-3/6-1)
PG- Trevon Hughes (6-0, 193, So.) – 13.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 37.7% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Michael Flowers (6-2, 183, Sr.) – 9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 41.1% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Joe Krabbenhoft (6-7, 220, Jr.) – 7.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 51.4% FG shooting
PF – Marcus Landry (6-7, 222, Jr.) – 10.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 51.0% FG shooting
C- Brian Butch (6-11, 235, Sr.) 13.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 45.1% FG shooting

Indiana 2007-08 Statistics

Wisconsin 2007-08 Statistics

How is Eric Gordon, and how effective will he be against Michael Flowers?– You're not about to hear anything official from IU officials, but Eric Gordon's father confirmed to the Indianapolis Star Wednesday afternoon that his son did in fact injure his left wrist in practice Tuesday afternoon. While it's not his shooting hand, he is expected to be wearing some sort of protective device and the injury does figure to have an impact on Gordon's effectiveness. One area Gordon could be limited is in his ability to drive, as his wrist injury could make him less willing to attack off the dribble. Gordon's still a dangerous weapon if he's limited to being a jump shooter, but it does figure to make Michael Flowers' job much easier. The Badgers' 6'2" senior was a member of the Big Ten's All-Defensive squad a year ago, so he figures to make things difficult on the Hoosiers' leading scorer.

Who gets a better effort from their bench? - The big names in this Big Ten showdown are Gordon, White, Butch and Hughes, but both teams' benches figure to have a big impact on the outcome of this game. Wisconsin's top three reserves are Jason Bohannon, Greg Stiemsma on Jon Leuer. Bohannon is a dangerous shooter form behind the arc, while Leuer is a rangy forward who can play inside or out and scored 25 points against Michigan in UW's Big Ten opener. Stiemsma, meanwhile, averages only 11.4 minutes/game but is the team's top shot blocker. For the Hoosiers, Lance Stemler has a chance to make a significant impact in this game. Match-ups prevented him from being much of a factor against Connecticut, but Marcus Landry and Leuer are both much better match-ups for the Hoosier senior captain. It's possible that he could start, but if he doesn't, he will have a chance to see extended action, knock down some open shots, and have a significant impact on the game's outcome. The same goes for Jordan Crawford and possibly A.J. Ratliff. With Gordon's status still a bit of a mystery, Crawford and/or Ratliff can provide some offensive punch from the perimeter.

Who wins the battle of the boards? - Kelvin Sampson said one thing visiting teams must do to be successful on the road is rebound the basketball, and Indiana is coming off its worst rebounding effort in more than a year Sunday. IU was out-rebounded by Connecticut 44-28, which played a big part in the Huskies' 68-63 win. Indiana will try to correct that shortcoming against a Wisconsin team that out-rebounds its foes by 7.3/game. One of the big reasons the Hoosiers are 3-0 on the road in Big Ten play is because they've out-rebounded those three foes by an average 11.3 rebounds/game. Expecting IU to post a double-digit rebounding margin is a bit of stretch, but it needs to be able to at least battle the Badgers to a draw on the glass if it wants to emerge victorious.

Who wins the Joe Krabbenhoft vs. Jamarcus Ellis match-up?Two of the most active wings in the league will be going head-to-head when Jamarcus Ellis and Joe Krabbenhoft go up against each other. Ellis ranks sixth in the league with 7.3 rebounds/game, while Krabbenhofer is 11th with 6.3 per contest. But it will be more than rebounding that will determine who wins this match-up. Krabbenhoft is a high-energy player who can fire up the crowd with a hustle play. Ellis, meanwhile, can give his opponents fits by making them defend him when he plays the point forward position and orchestrates the Hoosiers' offense. This might not be the most high-profile head-to-head match-up Thursday night, but it's sure to be a huge one in the minds of both Kelvin Sampson and Bo Ryan.

"(on Brian Butch) When you come out as a tall young man with a good touch, there are other things in the game that you have to learn when you get to college. But as the saying goes, merit wins the soul, so by the time he's done with his college career…I think in the end, it's the merit that he'll represent that will get people to understand he's had a pretty good career."– Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan

"Their greatest strength is they don't contribute to their demise. They don't beat themselves." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson

"They have really, really mentally tough kids that very rarely make mistakes…they're really sound in what they do." – Sampson

"Like the win they had at Texas, it shows you they don't depend on one guy. They were missing Hughes, yet across the board they played a great game. They have a great team, and that's what makes them tough to defend." - Sampson

This is a match-up of the Big Ten's top scoring offense (Indiana – 78.6 points/game) and the league's stingiest defense (Wisconsin – 54.7 points/game)…Trevon Hughes ranks second in the Big Ten in steals with 2.11/game…Wisconsin is 34-1 in its last 35 games at the Kohl Center, and the Badgers are 13-3 at home against ranked teams during Bo Ryan's tenure…the last time these two teams met was exactly one year ago – Jan. 31, 2007 – when Indiana ended the Badgers' 17-game winning streak with a 71-66 win in Bloomington. A.J. Ratliff scored 20 points in the win, while D.J. White added 16…Wisconsin is averaging only 14.4 fouls/game, which is the second fewest nationally. By contrast, Indiana averages 18.6 fouls/game…Wisconsin and Indiana lead the league in scoring margin in conference games at +10.7. Five of Wisconsin's six victories have been by double figures, while Indiana has had three-double-digit wins…surprisingly, it's not Brian Butch or Trevon Hughes that leads Wisconsin in minutes, but rather Joe Krabbenhoft. Krabbenhoft is averaging 31.5 minutes/game and has played at least 32 minutes in 14 out of the last 15 games. Butch actually averages the fewest minutes of any UW starter with 24.6/game. Top Stories