Preview: Wisconsin (4-3) vs. No. 14 Syracuse (6-0)

Previewing Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Syracuse

Game 7: Wisconsin (4-3) vs. No. 14 Syracuse (6-0)

All-time series: Syracuse leads 2-1

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2nd

Time: 7:15 p.m. ET

Location: Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)

TV: ESPN2

Wisconsin opened their 2015-16 campaign with a stunning loss at home to unranked Western Illinois. Since then, the Badgers have gone 4-2, losing to Georgetown and No. 7 Oklahoma

Bo Ryan's team is led by junior guard Bronson Koenig, who is averaging just over 16 points per game. He's accompanied by junior forward Nigel Hayes, who played a vital role in the Badgers Final Four run last season, ultimately losing to Duke. Hayes averages 14.9 points per game, which is second on the team. 

Koenig is no shy stranger to shooting the three. He's attempted 50 so far this season through seven games. His 36% from deep leads the team. 6-foot-9 freshman Ethan Happ leads the Badgers with 7.6 rebounds per game. 

Syracuse is returning to the floor for the first time since winning the Battle 4 Atlantis. 

Three things to watch:

  1. Streaky offense: Syracuse wasn't exactly lighting up the scoreboard before they left for the Bahamas. The shooting was so-so, and the offense was extremely streaky. Against the Badgers, the Orange can't afford to have too many cold stretches. They need to put two good halves together tonight.
  2. Dajuan Coleman: Coleman was a force to be reckoned with in the Bahamas. His numbers won't jump off the page at you, but his presence inside was astonishing. He was efficient on the glass for the minutes he played, and was the most active and aggressive we've seen him at Syracuse. If he brings that mentality and attitude each game, the Orange have their starting center.
  3. Contain Hayes/Koenig: If the 2-3 zone can contain both Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, I like Syracuse chances tomorrow night. With that said, it's no small task. Hayes and Koenig are responsible for 43% of Wisconsin's offense. Shutting them down would be a stretch, but if the Orange can contain the duo, they should survive the upset bid.

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