The Panthers are off to a rough start to their season, coming into the Kohl Center with a 2-9 record. Despite the poor start, to the Panthers season they are still averaging 71.5 points a game and are led by guard Montrael Scott who's averaging 14.2 points a game.
In this Badger Nation feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin to have success against Prairie View A&M.
Lay up: Can the Badgers start the game strong?
Wisconsin should win this game and should be in control of this game from the tip off. Although the Badgers have won their last two games by double-digits, it did take the Badgers awhile to get going offensively.
Even though the Badgers are the better team, they need to be able to show it, come out aggressive and show the Panthers they have little chance of sticking around in the game. Wisconsin has had two weeks off, so they should come out sharp and be ready to play.
Mid-range jumper: Can Josh Gasser get going offensively?
The Badgers haven't needed Gasser on offense – who is averaging 3.5 points over the last two games. I'm sure Gasser would like to find a rhythm on offense with conference play around the corner. Even though Gasser isn't lighting up the scoreboard, he's been able to rebound, defend, distribute and not turn the ball over.
Gasser needs to be able to find ways to attack the rim, which he should be able to with opponents getting to the free throw line on average 31 times a game against the Panthers. If Gasser can attack the glass or look for his shot, he should be able to find success scoring.
3-pointer: How many mistakes can the Badgers force the Panthers into?
The Badgers are causing their opponents into coughing the basketball up 11 times a game, and the Panthers are turning the ball over 15 times a game. Wisconsin should have plenty of chances to get steals or challenge the Panthers passes.
Traevon Jackson, Bronson Koenig, and Gasser should bother Scott and the rest of the Panthers guards into making a mistake. When they do, they need to be able to take advantage and continue to build their lead.