Three-Point Shot: Michigan

Before No.3 Wisconsin takes on Michigan at the Kohl Center Saturday evening, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

Wisconsin lost its first game of the year at Indiana after beating the Hoosiers 12 straight times, but the Badgers will have a chance to redeem themselves when they return to the Kohl Center to play Michigan.

Michigan lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA and have Mitch McGary out indefinitely due to a back injury, but the Wolverines are still undefeated in Big Ten play with dangerous players like Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III.

In this Badger Nation feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin to have success against Michigan.

Lay up: Can Wisconsin continue to shoot the basketball well?

Over the last two games the Badgers have shot the ball exceptionally well - 56.1 percent against Illinois and 53.3 percent at Indiana. Although Wisconsin struggled to score last year, the Badgers have received balance scoring from the starting five throughout the season, which has helped the Badgers avoid prolonged shooting slumps for the most part.

If the Badgers can build a lead against the Wolverines, like they did against Indiana, they have to be able to build on it, something that cost them in their first loss of the season when UW went seven straight empty possessions after building a 52-42 lead.

Mid-range jumper: Can Wisconsin get to the free throw line?

Indiana was very disciplined on defense and Wisconsin was only able to get to the free throw line four times, only managing to make one free throw. Wisconsin may not get to the free throw line that often against Michigan either with the Wolverines ranking tops in the nation in fewest fouls a game. Badgers fans saw how important made free throws were against Iowa and Indiana this year, meaning Wisconsin can't leave any points on the floor.

One way Wisconsin can get to the free throw line is if they can be aggressive attacking the basket. Despite being aggressive at times this year, Dekker failed to attack the basket consistently against Indiana. Even though Dekker struggles with his free throws, making 60 percent on the season, it will be a good way of possibly forcing Michigan into a mistake.

This game may come down to whichever team makes the fewest mistakes, meaning the Badgers should try and be the aggressor and get Michigan frustrated on the defensive side.

3-pointer: Can the Badgers slow down Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III?

Stauskas and Robinson are both leading Michigan in scoring, averaging 17.7 and 13.9 points, respectively. After what happened to Wisconsin against Indiana, Stauskas and Robinson could find success.

Against the Hoosiers, Wisconsin gave up an alarming 52 points in the paint. Yogi Ferrell was able to attack the basket whenever he pleased and with Stauskas shooting the basketball 49 percent on the season, Wisconsin can't allow Stauskas to get any good looks at the rim, since there's a good chance he'll make them.

Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes need to do a better job of protecting the basket and make life tougher on their opponents. If they don't, Robinson III, like Stauskas, will continue to torch the Badgers around the rim.

In order for Wisconsin to protect the rim, Wisconsin will have to communicate effectively on defense. Poor communication allowed the Hoosiers some easy back door cuts. If Wisconsin can communicate, they should be able to eliminate them for the most part.

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