Three-Point Shot: No.15 Iowa

Before No.16 Wisconsin takes on No.15 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday morning, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

Playing three of its final five regular season games on the road, Wisconsin heads into its final stretch having picked up an impressive road victory at Michigan Sunday. Another hostile arena awaits Wisconsin this Saturday at No.15 Iowa, which is looking for redemption after the Badgers beat them 75-71 Jan.5 in Madison.

In order for Wisconsin to have success a second time around, Wisconsin will need to be able to slow down Roy Devyn Marble on offense and can't allow Iowa to have success rebounding the basketball.

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

Lay up: Can Nigel Hayes have a bounce back game?

Although having surpassed expectations while playing critical minutes over the course of the Big Ten season, Hayes finally looked like a true freshman at Michigan. Struggling to get into any rhythm, Hayes went 1-for-6 from the floor for two points – breaking his string of four straight double-digit scoring games - and didn't grab a rebound in 20 minutes.

It seemed like Hayes just had an off day by missing shots that he normally makes, but one thing Hayes needs to return to is being aggressive and getting to the free throw line. Hayes only attempted four free throws against Michigan. When you consider that Hayes has gone to the free throw line an average of nine times over the last five games, he's going to have to try and continue to attack the hoop. When Hayes gets to the free throw line it allows the offense to open up to him and helps him get in a rhythm.

If Hayes can return to form, which has helped him earn back-to-back Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, and if Frank Kaminsky can continue playing at the level he's played at over the last two games, it will make Wisconsin very difficult to stop down low in the paint.

Mid-range jumper: What kind of impact will Sam Dekker have?

Dekker injured his left hand against Michigan and finished the game, but the question though is how effective will he be on offense if his injury is bothering him. Dekker was able to score only five points in the second half after scoring 10 in the first half; although UW made Kaminsky more of a priority in the final 20 minutes.

Even though Dekker wasn't as effective on offense in the second half, he still was able to continue his strong performance on defense and continued to fight for rebounds and loose balls. Dekker will need to continue to play with this kind of style and be able to help out the team in other areas besides finding ways to score.

Dekker and Ben Brust showed against Michigan that even if the shots aren't falling that they can still help the team in different ways. Dekker needs to attack the rim and see if he can pick up fouls or find ways to create open shots for his teammates.

With rebounding a key in trying to slow down Iowa, Dekker, who's averaging 6.1 per game, will need to attack the glass so he can either give Wisconsin another possession or limit Iowa's second-chance opportunities.

3-pointer: Can Wisconsin replicate its Michigan performance?

The Badgers really put together a great game plan at Michigan and took the crowd out of the game early by jumping out to a 14-4 lead.

Wisconsin will have to come out with another strong start at Iowa, especially since the Hawkeyes probably feel like they let a victory slip away from them in the first meeting. It's safe to assume that the fans will be into it and will create a hostile environment.

In order for Wisconsin to take the crowd out of the game early, they'll need to try and establish its offense down low to see if Kaminsky can get anything going. Wisconsin did well limiting second chance opportunities Sunday by winning the rebounding battle and consistently winning loose ball situations. It will be much more difficult in limiting the Hawkeyes on the glass, considering Iowa ranks third in the country with an average of 43 rebounds a game. If Wisconsin can limit second chance opportunities, it should prevent the Hawkeyes' offense – which is shooting 47 percent from the field - from getting into rhythm offensively.

If Wisconsin can make Iowa work for shots on offense, like they made the Michigan offense, it could frustrate Iowa.


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