Three-Point Shot: Three Games in Five Days

Before No.12 Wisconsin plays three home games in five days, starting with Tuesday night's contest against North Dakota, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

After escaping Green Bay on Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the young season, not to mention shooting up eight spots in the AP poll, No.12 Wisconsin won't get any breaks in its schedule. While the competition level may slightly decease, the Badgers will play three games in five days against North Dakota, Bowling Green and Oral Roberts, which was picked to finish second in the Southland Conference.

Wisconsin should be able to find success against all three teams but all three opponents will present different challenges for the Badgers.

In this Badger Nation feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for the upcoming games this week.

Free Throw: Will George Marshall return this week from his concussion?

Marshall missed the game against the Phoenix due to a concussion he suffered in practice and has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against North Dakota. Marshall could return sometime this week but he officially remains day-to-day.

The longer Marshall is sidelined, the more true freshman Bronson Koenig will play. Koenig filled in well Saturday against the Phoenix, playing a career high 23 minutes and led the Badgers off the bench with seven points.

Most importantly, while Koenig was in the game, he took care of the basketball (two assists to one turnover). Confident in his play, Koenig only needs a chance to show why he deserves more playing time. Whether or not Koenig will continue to see the floor, even when Marshall returns, is dependent on how he performs on the defensive side of the floor. All three teams Wisconsin will face this week have strong guard play. Koenig was able to play smart tough defense against the Phoenix - only picking up two fouls while recording a steal and a block.

Mid-range jumper: How deep will Bo Ryan go into the bench this coming week?

With Marshall possibly being out, the Badgers will go eight deep. But with Wisconsin playing three games in five days, Ryan may decide to go nine or deeper to help give his starters and key reserves a breather.

Vitto Brown may see his first collegiate action if he decides he doesn't want to redshirt. It could also be the first time Zach Bohannon or Evan Anderson see some limited minutes to help give Frank Kaminsky or Sam Dekker a brief rest.

Bohannon and Anderson both have their limitations but have the potential to give Wisconsin a boost. Neither are scoring threats but still know the offense well enough to keep things moving.

3-pointer: Can Frank Kaminsky play aggressive consistently?

Once Kaminsky started to get into a rhythm offensively against Green Bay, the Badgers started to play better and were able to run their offense a little more efficient.

Kaminsky had struggled in the first two games of the season and struggled in the first half Saturday. In order for the Badgers to have success this season and to help the Badgers on offense and defense this coming week, Kaminsky needs to use his size to his advantage.

Kaminsky will have the height advantage against these three mid-major opponents and will need to come out with the same physical play like he did in the second half against the Phoenix. If Kaminsky can play to his capabilities, he'll help take some pressure off of the guard play for Wisconsin and help the offense run efficiently.

With guard play being a strong suit for the three teams that the Badgers will face this week, if Josh Gasser or Traevon Jackson get beat, Kaminsky will need to be the rim protector and contest any shot to make it difficult. Kaminsky showed he can make life difficult around the rim when he finished with a career-best four blocks against the Phoenix.


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