Preview: Michigan at No.8 Wisconsin

Earning the school's third number-one seed in the conference tournament, No.8 Wisconsin is looking to survive the quarterfinals in Indianapolis when they take on a desperate Michigan team Friday.

Michigan (10-21, 5-13) vs. No.8 Wisconsin (26-4, 16-2)

Date/Time - Friday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. Central

Arena – Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)

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

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

Series – Michigan leads 86-60

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 64-61 on Jan. 22, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.2 ppg - scored at least eight points in all but two league games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 11.8 ppg - had six steals in three different games and was third in the Big Ten in steals)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.5 ppg - named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team for the second straight year)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.7 ppg - consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, leading the Badgers in scoring and rebounding (7,0 rpg))

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.2 ppg - joins Flowers on All-Defensive team)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 8.2 ppg - named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.6 ppg - played 39 minutes in last five games after logging just 23 minutes in team's first 25 contests)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.0 ppg - led team with 33 blocked shots, good for ninth in Big Ten)

Michigan Probable Starters

3 Manny Harris (Freshman Guard, 16.4 ppg)

34 DeShawn Sims (Sophomore Forward, 12.5 ppg)

22 Ekpe Udoh (Sophomore Forward, 6.2 ppg)

44 Kelvin Grady (Freshman Guard, 5.8 ppg)

12 Anthony Wright (Freshman Forward, 4.7 ppg)

Off The Bench

24 Ron Coleman (Senior Forward, 5.2 ppg)

32 Zack Gibson (Freshman Forward, 5.3 ppg)

2 C.J. Lee (Junior Guard, 2.2 ppg)

Last Time Out

Relying heavily on pounding the ball into the paint and getting production in the blocks, Butch led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds - his fifth double-double of the season - in leading UW to a 65-52 victory, wrapping up its outright conference title in a typical, old-fashioned Big Ten basketball game.

Thanks to Butch, Wisconsin's fans had plenty to cheer about. The fifth-year senior scored 11 points in the first half, shot 8-for-9 for the game from inside the perimeter, grabbed 12 defensive rebounds and went 4-for-6 from the free throw line in one of his more productive games of his career.

A trademark of a Bo Ryan-coached team, the Badgers were aggressive on the boards, using their height to an advantage, and shot more free throws than their opponents attempted.

Out rebounding Northwestern by a margin of 38-21, the Wildcats only shot eight free throws (NU first attempt came at the 14:48 mark of the second half) while the Badgers went 15-for-22 from the free throw line.

The 17-point rebounding advantage helped Wisconsin score 34 points in the paint, 14 second-chance points and limit Northwestern to only five put back points.

Last Meeting:

A big-time three-pointer from Marcus Landry, some clutch free throws from sophomore Jason Bohannon and feisty all-around play from Michael Flowers and Joe Krabbenhoft helped the Badgers escape with a 64-61 victory over Michigan (5-14, 1-6) this past Tuesday.

"We've been in this situation before," Krabbenhoft said. "We've just got to be calm out there, we can't get down on ourselves. We always feel like we're going to come out on top."

Landry, who tied with Flowers for the UW lead with 14 points, took a pass from Trevon Hughes and knocked down a three-pointer with 19.2 seconds remaining to give Wisconsin a 62-58 lead and give the home team enough breathing room the rest of the way.

"I thought Trevon was going to come off the ball screen and shoot it, but I saw he kept driving," Landry said. "He had nowhere to go, so I came over, and just put it up there."

It wasn't Landry's most efficient game: 6-of-12, for a guy who has shot 58 percent this conference season.

Series Notes:

Wisconsin has won seven of the last nine games between the two teams, including winning 70-54 in Ann Arbor to open the conference season and 64-61 in Madison.

Wisconsin and Michigan have never faced each other in the Big Ten Tournament.

Wisconsin Notes:

The 26 wins are the secondmost in school history, trailing only last year's 30-win season. Over the past two years UW is a combined 56- 10 (.848). That is the sixth-best record in the country over the last two seasons.

Wisconsin earned a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament for the eighth consecutive year. That is the longest streak in the conference.

The Badgers have advanced to the Big Ten tournament final in three of the last four years, compiling a 7-3 record during that span. Overall UW is 11-9 in the 10 years of the Big Ten tournament. Over the last seven years, UW has either lost in the quarterfinals or advanced to the tournament final.

UW has won at least 11 conference games in six of Bo Ryan's seven seasons and has not finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten in any of his seven seasons. That seven-year stretch of top-four finishes ties the school record set from 1912-18.

Michigan Notes:

Michigan defeated Iowa Thursday morning 55-47 in Big Ten Tournament first round action. Michigan was led by 19 points from Manny Harris, who scored 26 points in his last meeting against UW.

Michigan shot 27.3 percent from the field in the second half but held Iowa to only five field goals in the second half.

The Wolverines got 14 points and 10 rebounds from DeShawn Sims in the Iowa win.

Three Wolverines were honored with Big Ten honors. Manny Harris was selected as an All-Big Ten second team selection by the Big Ten coaches and media. He was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Ekpe Udoh was named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive team, while DeShawn Sims received All-Big Ten, honorable mention honors by the Big Ten coaches.

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