Preview: No.11 Indiana at No.13 Wisconsin

After suffering its first conference lost of the season, the Wisconsin Badgers look to regain possession of first place when they host conference-leader Indiana Thursday in Madison.

No.11 Indiana (17-2, 6-0 Big Ten) at No.13 Wisconsin (16-3, 6-1)

Date/Time - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,190)

Television - ESPN (Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin, Erin Andres)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Indiana leads 93-55

Last Meeting – Indiana won 71-66 on January 31, 2007 in Bloomington

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 10.8 ppg - has started 25 straight games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 13.1 ppg - shooting .526 last two games)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.2 ppg - 10 or more points in four of last six games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 13.2 ppg - 11th career double-double at Purdue)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.9 ppg - 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.7 ppg - shooting .824 from free throw line)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 4.9 ppg - has scored three points in last five games combined)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.0 ppg - leads team with 26 blocked shots)

Indiana Probable Starters

23 Eric Gordon (Freshman Guard, conferece-leading 21.7 ppg)

3 D.J. White (Senior Forward, 16.8 ppg (third-best in conference)

1 Armon Bassett (Sophomore Guard, 10.8 ppg)

13 Jamarcus Ellis (Junior Foward, 7.8 ppg)

30 Mike White (Senior Forward, 3.4 ppg)

Off The Bench

5 Jordan Crawford (Freshman Guard, 11.5 ppg)

22 Lance Stemler (Senior Forward, 5.3 ppg)

2 DeAndre Thomas (Junior Forward, 4.7 ppg)

Last Time Out

Despite a game-high 20 points from senior Brian Butch, No.11 Wisconsin got little help offensively from anyone else and struggled to keep pace with the youthful Boilermakers. In the end, Wisconsin had the ball with a chance to tie in the waning seconds, but it was not meant to be, as the Badgers dropped their first conference game of the year to host Purdue, 60-56, Saturday afternoon.

Scoring 14 of his 20 points after halftime, Butch went 7-of-10 from the field, 4-for-7 at the line and hauled in 13 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season.

Other than Butch, Wisconsin had trouble finding the bottom of the net. Excluding Butch's shooting, the Badgers shot 13-for-42 (30.9 percent) from the field.

Series Notes:

This will be the 149th meeting between Wisconsin and Indiana with the Hoosiers lead the all-time series 93-55, including a 40-32 in Madison

The Badgers have rebounded lately, however, winning six of the last nine meetings between the teams and has beaten Indiana six straight times at the Kohl Center

The Hoosiers have not played in Madison since Feb. 8, 2006

Indiana snapped the Badgers' school-record 17-game winning streak in the teams' last meeting, exactly one year ago on Jan. 31, 2007

Thursday's game will be the first at the Kohl Center in which both teams are ranked since the third-ranked Badgers defeated No. 5 Ohio State, 72-69, on Jan. 9, 2007. Overall, UW is 5-1 under Bo Ryan in home games involving two ranked opponents. Wisconsin's lone loss came to No. 1 Illinois on Jan. 25, 2005.

Wisconsin and Indiana are the only teams in the Big Ten with four true road wins this season.

Wisconsin Notes:

In seven seasons under Bo Ryan, the Badgers are 103-6 in the Kohl Center, the second-best home record in the country over the last seven seasons (trailing Southern Illinois by .0001). Wisconsin has won 34 of its last 35 home games and is 13-3 against ranked teams at home under Ryan. UW is 50-2 at the Kohl Center in Big Ten games under Ryan.

Wisconsin has lost just four conference games over the last two seasons. The four losses have come by a combined total of 19 points and have each come on the road. The opposing team's home crowd has rushed the floor after each game.

UW is averaging just 14.4 personal fouls per game, second-fewest in the country according to the Jan. 24 NCAA statistics. The Badgers have made more free throws (272) than their opponents have attempted (245).

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (54.7) and ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.384). According to the Jan. 24 NCAA stats, UW was third in the country in scoring defense. In their 16 wins this season, the Badgers have limited opponents to 51.1 points on .374 shooting (.307 from 3-point range).

Indiana Notes:

From February 1980 to January 2000, Indiana beat Wisconsin 31 straight times.

Indiana is 4-0 away from home this season with wins at Southern Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota.

Hoosier opponents are shooting just 26.7% from long distance when Indiana visits. IU is winning the battle of the boards, 41.8 to 31.0, in these games.

Freshman Eric Gordon is averaging 20.5 points and shooting 52.0 from the field and 48.0 from three-point range and senior D.J. White is averaging 16 points and 14.8 rebounds away from Assembly Hall.

Freshman Jordan Crawford has emerged as a strong candidate for the Big Ten's All-Freshman team and Sixth Man of the Year Award. He is fifth among rookies in scoring in the league averaging 11.5 points. Combined with Gordon, they make up one of the strongest young backcourts in the nation averaging 33.2 points per game or 42.2 percent of the Hoosiers scoring attack. Usually the first option off the bench, unless there is an injury, he has scored in double figures in 11 of 16 games this season.

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