Preview: Indiana vs. Wisconsin

Senior Day will honor Morris Cain, Kevin Gullikson, Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry and will hopefully equal another Badger win. Wisconsin looks for its eighth-straight Senior Day win when the Badgers host last-place Indiana with a bye in the Big Ten Tournament on the line.

Indiana (6-23, 1-16 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (18-11, 9-8 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larivee, Tim Doyle and Charissa Thompson)

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

Series – Indiana Leads 93-58

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 68-51, on February 19, 2009 in Bloomington, Ind.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.0 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.0 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.2 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.4 ppg)

21 Morris Cain (Senior Guard, 0.9 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.3 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.6 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.7 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.4 ppg)

Indiana Probable Starters

2 Matt Roth (Freshman Guard, 6.9 ppg)

12 Verdell Jones III (Freshman Guard, 10.1 ppg)

20 Nick Williams (Freshman Guard, 8.7 ppg)

25 Tom Pritchard (Freshman Forward, 9.9 ppg)

44 Kyle Taber (Senior Forward, 4.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 Daniel Moore (Freshman Guard, 2.5 ppg)

32 Broderick Lewis (Freshman Forward, 0.6 ppg)

34 Malik Story (Freshman Forward, 6.2 ppg)

Last Time Out

After seeing a late lead slip away in seven of its 10 losses on the season, Wisconsin can add another tally and another gut-wrenching game to the list.

Badger villain Lawrence Westbrook strike the Badgers again, scoring Minnesota's last 10 points to help the Gophers best the Badgers, 51-46, on Wednesday, sweeping the season series for the first time since 1991-92.

Down one in the final seconds with 29 seconds remaining, Wisconsin (18-11, 9-8 Big Ten) got the ball to the Badgers' hottest hand – Landry.

Landry, after scoring only six points in the first half, went 5-for-6 in the second half, scoring 12 points to help turn an 11-point, first-half deficit into a five-point advantage with less than three minutes remaining.

On a night where Wisconsin shot 33.3 percent (15-for-45) from the field, it was Landry that pushed the Badgers to what figured to be a NCAA Tournament-clinching win.

The Badgers scored 20 points on 12 possessions, 12 of which came from Landry to lead UW to a 41-38 with 5:25 remaining.

But on this possession, Landry couldn't connect, but the rebound bounced to freshman Taylor. Unable to put up a shot, Taylor kicked the ball out to Hughes for an immediate three. Hughes had no success either, but Wisconsin got another offensive rebound from Krabbenhoft.

The luck ran out for Wisconsin there, as Krabbenhoft appeared to get pushed in the back and was unable to save the pass, resulting in the beginning of the end for the Badgers.

The Badgers were forced to foul Westbrook, who got the inbounds pass with six seconds remaining on the clock, and the junior extended Minnesota's lead to 49-46.

That's as close as the Badgers could get, as Hughes saw Wisconsin's ensuing inbounds pass fly off his fingertips and out of bounds, as he and the ball went five rows deep into the arena crowd.

Two more free throws from Westbrook, an 86 percent free throw shooter that went a perfect 7-for-7 from the line, put any hopes of a comeback to bed.

Last Meeting

Getting balanced production from the outside, a season high 21 points from Trevon Hughes, to the inside, a career-high 18 points from Joe Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin throttled Indiana in the second half en route to a 68-51 victory over Indiana.

The win gave Wisconsin (17-9, 8-6 Big Ten) its fifth-straight victory, a season high, and moved UW into a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.

Against a desperate team, the Badgers knew that they needed to pounce early, taking a rowdy environment out of the question. After a shaky first half, Wisconsin did exactly that, crushing any hope Indiana (6-19, 1-12 Big Ten) have of its first big win of the season and sending the Hoosiers to their 15th loss in their last 16 games.

The Badgers held the Hoosiers to only 27.8 percent (5-for-18) shooting in the second half, three of which came in the final 2:28 seconds, while the Badgers shot 60.9 percent (14-for-23) from the floor after halftime.

Hughes scored 11 of his 21 points in the second half to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals while Krabbenhoft also added 11 to his point total after halftime.

Series Notes

This will be the 152nd meeting in the all-time series between Wisconsin and Indiana with the Hoosiers leading 40-33 in Madison

The Badgers have won nine of the last 12 meetings between the teams, including three straight

UW has beaten Indiana seven straight times at the Kohl Center

Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin has never lost a home contest to the Hoosiers, owning a perfect 5-0 mark

Ryan boasts a 5-3 alltime record vs. Tom Crean, with seven of those decisions coming while Crean was at Marquette

Wisconsin Notes:

The Badgers have had knack for rounding into postseason form in recent years. Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin has posted a 10-3 regular season mark vs. Big Ten teams in the month of March. Including postseason play, UW is 30-15 (.667) in the season's final month over the last eight seasons.

Wisconsin has won six of its last eight games. During that stretch, opponents are averaging just 51.8 points per game against UW. The Badgers have posted a +3.0 turnover margin, forcing 98 turnovers (12.3 avg.) and coughing it up just 74 times (9.3 avg.) themselves over that span.

In eight seasons under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin teams have earned a combined five Big Ten Championship rings, equaling the most of any school in the conference.

With a 9-8 Big Ten record in 2008-09, the Badgers have now won at least nine games in nine consecutive seasons. Wisconsin also assured itself of its 11thstraight season finishing with at least a .500 record or better in conference play.

With a win over Indiana, Wisconsin will register its 19th victory of the season. Ryan's teams have won at least 19 games in each of his first seven seasons in Madison. Prior to Ryan taking over as UW's head coach in 2001-02, the Badgers had just four 19-win seasons in 103 years.

If the Badgers win, they'll play either Ohio State (if the Buckeyes beat NU) or Penn State (if Northwestern win or in the 4-5 game on the second day of the conference tournament.

Were UW to lose, it could drop all the way to the eighth seed (if Ohio State wins) or only to the fifth spot (if Northwestern wins).

Indiana Notes:

The Hoosiers' schedule is ranked the toughest in the country by Sagarin and fifth toughest by Kenpom.com and in ESPN's RPI.

In the last 10 games, freshman Verdell Jones III is averaging 12.2 points and 5.0 assists. He had 15 points against Michigan State and has led the team in scoring in six of the last eight games. Jones is third in the Big Ten with 4.5 assists in league games.

In the last five games, freshman Nick Williams is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor (16/28), senior Kyle Taber is shooting 56.0 percent (14/25) and Jones is shooting 50.9 percent (28/55).

True freshmen have accounted for 71 percent of the team's minutes played (4129 of 5825) and 72 percent of its scoring (1263 points of 1750).


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