Three-Point Shot: Indiana

Before No.14 Wisconsin takes on Indiana at the Kohl Center Tuesday night, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

With Wisconsin playing its last two games on the road against ranked opponents, it will feel good for Wisconsin to return to familiar territory when they play Indiana it its first home game in 12 games. It was the Hoosiers who first exposed some of Wisconsin's glaring flaws on defense when Indiana gave the Badgers their first loss on the year Jan.14.

During Wisconsin's current five game winning streak, the Badgers have done a much better job of defending the post and taking away dribble penetration, areas where Indiana had success in that meeting in Assembly Hall.

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

Lay up: What will be Bronson Koenig's follow up performance?

Koenig and Nigel Hayes have been two productive freshmen for Wisconsin this season, but it has been Hayes who has found more consistency on the offensive end. Those roles flipped Saturday when Koenig stepped up on the offensive end at Iowa, who scored a career high 12 points in the five-point win.

Although Koenig has struggled to find his shot since Big Ten play started, Koenig showed what he could do on offense when his shot is falling. Koenig was able to use a little cross over dribble twice to create separation and knock down his mid-range shots.

Koenig may not be able to put together the same performance for the rest of the season, but the way he was able to help break down Iowa's 2-3 zone, see passing lanes or help set up scoring possessions was key for Wisconsin. If Koenig can realize that the best way for him to get open looks is by trying to create some space using dribble penetration, he'll help take some pressure off of Hayes off the bench.

Mid-range jumper: Can Wisconsin receive balance scoring amongst its starters?

Despite its terrible defensive performance in the first meeting against Indiana, the Badgers' offense was able to keep themselves in the game, with all five starters scoring in double figures and shooting better then 50 percent from the field.

If Wisconsin can come out strong shooting the basketball like they did at Indiana and replicate its last two shooting performances in the last two games, Wisconsin should be in good shape.

In particular it will be important for Ben Brust to try and get out of the shooting slump he's currently in, shooting 22 percent from the field over the last two games. Even though the Badgers have survived with Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker picking it up on the offensive end, Brust adds a perimeter presence to the offense.

Brust should be able to find more success on offense then he has in the last two games considering Indiana's length doesn't compare to Michigan or Iowa. Brust tends to struggle against defense that has some length but went 6-for-14 in the first meeting against the Hoosiers, meaning he was able to find his opportunities. As good of a shooter as Brust is, he's eventually going to be able to knock down one of his shots and find his rhythm offensively.

If Indiana tries to go in a zone against Wisconsin, Brust will have to try his best to help bust the zone with Josh Gasser or Sam Dekker. Even though Brust is struggling with his shot, one thing he can't do is become hesitant in shooting, needing to have the mindset of hitting the open shot.

3-pointer: Can Josh Gasser slow down Yogi Ferrell?

Gasser has been on a roll as of late on the defensive side of the floor, helping slow down Nik Stauskas in the first road win and Roy Devyn Marble on Saturday. Even though Marble had 21 points, Gasser made sure that Marble earned every point and worked for his shots.

Gasser will now draw the assignment of Ferrell, who torched the Badgers in the first meeting for 25 points. Ferrell was able to do anything he wanted against Wisconsin, creating dribble penetration where the results ended up being uncontested lay ups. Although the Badgers defense has made vast improvements in this area, one would figure that Ferrell will once again try and exploit it.

The key will be taking away any driving lanes and make Ferrell pay by trying to contest his shot. If they can make Ferrell second guess himself trying to drive to the hoop, then Wisconsin has done its job. Gasser will need to try and force him to settle for mid-range shots, where he has struggled by going 10-for-24 from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the first meeting.


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