Three-Point Shot: Green Bay

Before No.20 Wisconsin travels to Green Bay for its first true road game of the season, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

Wisconsin is off to a solid start this season beating two quality opponents, and now has its first in-state battle when they travel to play at Green Bay on Saturday.

Green Bay is prepping to play its second game of the season after Vince Garrett - a Rutgers transfer – scored 15 points to lead the Phoenix to a 71-49 win over Northern Michigan.

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

Free Throw: Can Josh Gasser bounce back?

After having an impressive return from his ACL injury, Gasser followed that game up with an O-fer, fouling out and failing to score against the Gators. That should change tomorrow, especially with Gasser giving a day off of practice this week for "knee maintenance."

Gasser should be able to find driving lanes to get to the rims and create space between him and the defender where he can knock down some open shots.

Mid-range jumper: Can Traevon Jackson and Gasser slow down Keifer Sykes and Garrett?

Sykes and Garrett both scored in double figures for the Phoenix in their season-opening win but Gasser and Jackson will likely play much better defense than anyone on Northern Michigan's roster. Garrett has good size standing at 6-6, and Gasser and Jackson will likely both take time defending him.

Gasser will most likely get first crack at trying to defend Garrett. If Gasser gets into foul trouble, Jackson will have to take over. Gasser is a little bit taller than Jackson and should have the length to take any lane away from Garrett.

3-pointer: Can the Badgers limit mistakes?

Through two games the Badgers have had trouble, at times, with careless fouls and turnovers. When Wisconsin plays the Phoenix they can't afford to have many costly mistakes, especially on the road against a team picked to win its league title.

Jackson needs to continue to learn how to be careful with the basketball, as the junior had five turnovers in the second half alone. The Phoenix may press at times to see if they can force Jackson into turnovers. Jackson has eight assists to seven turnovers on the season.

Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin normally has been a solid defensive team that makes its opponent work for shots and not commit any stupid fouls. This year the Badgers are committing fouls at a pretty high rate; committing 40 on the year.

Like many other college teams, the Badgers are getting use to the new hand checking rule but Wisconsin, for the most part, have done a good job of this. Wisconsin can't let the Phoenix get free points; they'll have to make them earn their all their offense on their home floor.


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