Three-Point Shot: Florida

Before No.20 Wisconsin takes on No.11 Florida in the home opener, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

Embarrassed a year ago by Florida in Gainesville during the opening week of the season, Wisconsin couldn't get into any rhythm offensively and didn't have an answer for the Gators' athleticism, eventually losing 74-56.

Despite having a young front court, this year's game figures to be more competitive. Not only is Wisconsin playing in an arena where its 20-6 against AP top15 opponents, Florida will be without Scottie Wilbekin, Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith, who are all suspended for the game, and three other players who are recovering from injuries.

In this new Badger Nation feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for the upcoming game against Florida.

Free Throw: What will Duje Dukan encore be?

Dukan couldn't have asked for a better start to the season where he scored a career high 15 points on 4-for-6 shooting in a win over St. John's. The Badgers should get consistent scoring from their starters but the question remains to be seen if the Wisconsin bench consistently step up. The way Dukan played against the Red Storm should give hope to Badgers fans that Dukan may be able to lead the way off the bench.

Harris and Finney-Smith being out will take some size away from the Gators, which will allow Dukan to be effective on the glass and get some open looks.

Mid-range jumper: Can Wisconsin win the offensive rebounding battle?

Part of the reason why Wisconsin struggled so mightily against Florida a year ago was the Badgers struggled to get a rebound and lost the rebounding battle 39 to 21. Florida is a better team defensively then St. John's and will make the Badgers work for their shots, so it will be important that Wisconsin takes advantage of second-chance opportunities.

The Badgers did a good job on the offensive glass against St. Johns with 14 offensive rebounds with Sam Dekker leading the way. Frank Kaminsky, who has never been a rebound machine in his first two years at Wisconsin, barely averages a rebound a game last season. Kaminsky is going to have to be physical down low and do a good job of boxing out to allow Brust, Dekker and the rest of the Badgers to attack the glass.

3-pointer: Can Wisconsin limit the defensive fouls?

It's understandable that Wisconsin may commit some fouls earlier on in the season that they normally wouldn't later on in the season. But with the new hand-checking rule in college basketball, the Badgers are going to have to adjust and be careful. Wisconsin committed 23 fouls in the season opener, which led to 17 free points for St. John's.

Last year Florida did a great job of attacking the basket against Wisconsin, which led to frequent trips to the free throw line. However, with the Badgers having two solid defenders in Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson, they should make life a little more difficult for the Florida guards this year.

If Wisconsin has trouble keeping Michael Frazier or Kasey Hill in check at the guard position and commits fouls, they will convert on the free throws. Not only are those two good free throw shooters, but Florida shot 84.4 percent in its season-opening win against North Florida.


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