Preview: No.15 Wisconsin at No.13 Indiana

After a shocking home defeat, only its third conference home loss under Bo Ryan, the Badgers look to steal a road win in Bloomington against No.13 Indiana tonight.

No.15 Wisconsin (19-4, 9-2) at. No.13 Indiana (20-3, 9-1)

Date/Time - Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Assembly Hall (17,357)

Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Shon Morris)

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

Series – Indiana leads 93-56

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 62-49 on January 31, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.0 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 12.7 ppg)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.3 ppg)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.7 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.9 ppg)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 7.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 4.4 ppg)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.8 ppg)

Indiana Probable Starters

23 Eric Gordon (Freshman Guard, 21.3 ppg)

3 D.J. White (Senior Forward, 17.6 ppg)

1 Armon Bassett (Sophomore Guard, 10.1 ppg)

13 Jamarcus Ellis (Junior Foward, 7.5 ppg)

30 Mike White (Senior Forward, 2.9 ppg)

Off The Bench

5 Jordan Crawford (Freshman Guard, 10.5 ppg)

22 Lance Stemler (Senior Forward, 4.8 ppg)

2 DeAndre Thomas (Junior Forward, 4.0 ppg)

First Meeting

Neither team could get its offense going, neither team could get buy a bucket, neither team could break away. In what Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson described as a "very offensively challenged game," Wisconsin was able to hold on to beat the Hoosiers 62-49 Thursday night.

Despite shooting 34.5 percent from the field, the No. 13 Badgers (17-3 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) were able to grind it out to knock the Hoosiers (17-3, 6-1) off of the top of the Big Ten standings and pull into a three-way first place tie in the conference with Michigan State and Purdue.

Indiana didn't fare much better, shooting 33.3 percent in the game, but Hoosiers senior forward D.J. White was able to bully his way to game-highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Junior Marcus Landry registered his first career double-double and Wisconsin held Indiana's Eric Gordon to 5-for-16 shooting.

Last Time Out

After trailing by 15 at one point and cutting Purdue's lead down to three in the waning minutes, the UW men's basketball team was unable to come away with a win Saturday night falling 72-67 to the league-leading Boilermakers.

Behind a career-high 21 points from freshman Robbie Hummel, the Boilermakers improved to 19-5 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten to take sole possession of first place in the league. Purdue shot 53 percent for the game, including 8-of-19 from the 3-point line.

The Badgers had four players finish in double digits with Michael Flowers and Jason Bohannon each scoring 14. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft nearly had another double-double recording 12 points and nine rebounds, while senior Brian Butch pulled down five rebounds and scored ten points for the cardinal and white.

Wisconsin had a 43-21 rebounding margin and out-scored the Boilermakers 20-5 on 2nd-chance buckets, but was unable to stop the balanced attack of Hummel Chris Kramer and E'Twaun Moore.

Series Notes:

This will be the 150th meeting between Wisconsin and Indiana with the Hoosiers lead the all-time series 93-56

UW is just 22-52 all time in Bloomington, but the Badgers have won seven of the last ten meetings between the two teams

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and is second in the country in scoring defense, giving up 54.9 points per game. The Badgers are out-scoring their opponents by ten points in conference play, while the Hoosiers lead the conference averaging 76.5 ppg

Three Badgers are scoring in double digits this season as Trevon Hughes and Brian Butch both average 12.7 ppg., while junior Marcus Landry is scoring 11. Landry leads the team in league play however, scoring 12.4 points and grabbing 5.9 rebounds per contest

The Badgers only conference loss on the road so far this season was at the hands of Purdue. UW has beaten Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa on the road.

Indiana Notes:

D.J. White and Eric Gordon are currently combining to average 38.9 points per game this season. The two currently rank 1-2 in the league in scoring in both league games and overall affairs. In all games, the pair is nearly 10 points ahead of the nearest competition, as Michigan State's Raymar Morgan (15.8) and Drew Neitzel (14.0) are combining for 29.8 points per contest.

Indiana's D.J. White has been dominant in terms of earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors. The senior post player has picked up the award four times this season, while Michigan State's Raymar Morgan and Penn State's Geary Claxton are the only two players who have picked up the honor twice this season. White is one of just three players in league history to have collected the honor four times or more in a single season.


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