Game Particulars: Indiana (9-17/3-11) vs. Wisconsin (20-7/10-5)
Indiana is hoping a different venue and the return to health of a couple of players will produce a different result tonight as it hosts No. 19 Wisconsin at 9 p.m. Twelve days ago, Wisconsin dismantled Indiana 83-55 at the Kohl Center, bolting to a 46-24 halftime lead and cruising behind a career-high 30 points from Jason Bohannon. The Hoosiers were without top reserve Devan Dumes in that game due to illness, while top scorer Verdell Jones was far less than 100 percent while battling the flu as well. While Dumes and Jones figure to be back in the mix for Indiana, Wisconsin has its own player who didn't play the first time around – forward Jon Leuer. The Badgers' leading scorer before breaking his wrist last month, Leuer missed nine games before returning last week. He's averaged 7.5 points and is 5-of-17 shooting in his two games back, but is expected to provide more of an interior presence that was lacking while he was out.
IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and 11th year overall. Crean owns a 205-138 career mark and a 15-42 record at Indiana. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is coached by Bo Ryan, who is in his ninth season at Wisconsin and in his 26th year as a head coach overall. Ryan owns a 213-80 mark at Wisconsin, and a 596-183 record overall.
The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Jim Jackson (color commentary) calling the match-up.
Indiana 2009-10 Schedule
Wisconsin 2009-10 Schedule
PG- Jeremiah Rivers (6-5, 214, Jr.) – 6.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 40.0% FG shooting, 56.1% FT shooting
SG – Jordan Hulls (6-0, 172, Fr.) – 6.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 38.7% 3 pt. shooting, 78.6% FT shooting
WG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 183, So.) – 14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 39.7% FG shooting, 75.0% FT shooting
SF – Christian Watford (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 38.5% FG shooting, 79.7% FT shooting
C – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 248, So.) – 4.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 60.0% FG shooting, 38.3% FT shooting
OFF THE BENCH:
Derek Elston (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 4.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 45.0% FG shooting, 58.8% FT shooting
Bobby Capobianco (6-9, 238, Fr.) – 2.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.3 apg, 42.0% FG shooting, 37.5% FT shooting
Devan Dumes (6-2, 192, Sr.) – 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 32.6% 3 pt. shooting, 73.6% FT shooting
Daniel Moore (5-10, 172, So.) ¬– 1.5 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 56.3% FG shooting, 82.4% FT shooting
PG – Trevon Hughes (6-0, 193, Sr.) – 15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 38.5% 3 pt. shooting, 71.0% FT shooting
SG – Jordan Taylor (6-1, 195, So.) – 10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 30.0% 3 pt. shooting, 73.9% FT shooting
WG – Jason Bohanon (6-2, 198, Sr.) – 12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 431.4% 3 pt. shooting, 88.1% FT shooting
SF – Tim Jarmusz (6-6, 210, Jr.) – 2.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.7 apg, 28.1% 3 pt. shooting, 70.6% FT shooting
PF- Keaton Nankivil (6-8, 240, Jr.) - 8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 49.4% FG shooting, 74.1% FT shooting
OFF THE BENCH:
Jon Leuer (6-10,230, Jr.) – 14.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 bpg, 50.8% FG shooting, 74.3% FT shooting
Ryan Evans (6-6, 210,Fr.) – 3.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 45.1% FG shooting, 62.5% FT shooting
Rob Wilson (6-3, 200, So.) – 3.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 58.5% FG shooting, 75.0% FT shooting
Mike Bruesewitz (6-6, 220, Fr.) – 1.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.2 apg, 33.3% FG shooting
Indiana 2009-10 Statistics
Wisconsin 2009-10 Statistics
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
What will be different about Jason Bohannon's performance this time around? – The first thing that Indiana has to do to give itself a chance against the 19th-ranked Badgers is remedy some of the things that went wrong in the 28-point loss to Wisconsin 12 days ago. There was a laundry list of issues from the season's most lopsided setback, but the biggest thing was career-high 30 points and school-record seven 3-pointers that Bohannon registered. There wasn't anything overly complicated about what Bohannon did, other than set up behind the arc, catch, and shoot. Six of his seven 3-pointers were of the catch-and-shoot variety, and more often than not his attempts were uncontested, which is why he made 7-of-11 overall. Indiana obviously can't allow Bohannon to come anywhere close to matching those numbers again. If Indiana plays man-to-man, don't expect to see Bohannon's man dropping down for a dig when the ball is in the post. If and when Indiana plays zone, expect to see Crean's players quick to react whenever the ball gets in Bohannon's hand to try to at least contest the shot. The more often Indiana can force Bohannon to put the ball on the floor to create his own shot instead of allowing him to simply catch and shoot, the more luck IU will have in keeping him in check.
What changes – if any – will Indiana make with either its starting line-up or playing rotation? -After Saturday's loss at Minnesota, Crean said he's going to start playing players based on what they're providing as far as energy and effort as opposed to making determinations based on filling conventional positions. That move resulted in a starting five at the start of the second half against the Gophers that included four guards – Verdell Jones, Jordan Hulls, Devan Dumes and Jeremiah Rivers, plus Christian Watford in the post. It's unlikely that Indiana will start tonight's game with four guards, but there could very well be some changes in the starting line-up or possibly in the minutes that certain players are logging. On Wednesday, Crean voiced some frustration in not having a deeper bench this season to allow him the freedom to bench players who aren't performing. A injury-riddled roster might have limited his ability to do that to some extent, but he does have some flexibility on the frontcourt with someone like Bobby Capobianco, or in the backcourt thanks to Dumes' return and his 20-point effort against the Gophers. Indiana is also in the midst of an eight-game losing streak that has ended any realistic chance of playing in the postseason, so that could also free Crean up to explore some options that he might not if IU was battling for a conference title.
What kind of turnout will there be for tonight's game? - Indiana's fans have been die-hards throughout the rebuilding process, often drawing the salute of Crean following games, win or lose. But tonight's game has a chance to be a sparsely attended contest, at least by Indiana's standards. For starters, it's a 9 p.m. mid-week game, which will make it a less-than-attractive option for plenty of people outside of Bloomington. There are also some forecasts calling for a chance of snow in Indianapolis and in the northern part of the state, which could keep people away. It's also a match-up with a Wisconsin team that buried the Hoosiers by 28 less than two weeks ago despite the absence of one of their best players. Even if there is a lower turnout tonight for those reasons, Indiana's fans still deserve plenty of praise for their continued support of IU through these tough times. Indiana's average attendance this season has increased by nearly 700 from a year ago to 15,083 per game. Compare that to a school like North Carolina, which has struggled to a 14-14 season this season and has seen its attendance drop off by 2,500 fans per game. North Carolina's dip in attendance has been even more glaring in ACC games as of late, with at least 6,000 empty seats for recent games against Virginia and Florida State.
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