Date/Time - Saturday, February 13, at 1 p.m. Central
Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)
Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Jimmy Jackson)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)
Series – Indiana Leads 93-59 (IU Leads 40-35 in Madison)
Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 85-61, on March 8, 2009 in Madison
Wisconsin Probable Starters
3 Trevon Hughes (Senior Guard, 15.3 ppg)
11 Jordan Taylor (Sophomore Guard, 9.9 ppg)
12 Jason Bohannon (Senior Guard, 11.3 ppg)
24 Tim Jarmusz (Junior Forward, 2.7 ppg)
52 Keaton Nankivil (Junior Forward, 8.8 ppg)
Off the Bench
5 Ryan Evans (Freshman Forward, 3.8 ppg)
31 Mike Bruesewitz (Freshman Forward, 1.0 ppg)
33 Rob Wilson (Sophomore Forward, 3.6 ppg)
40 Jared Berggren (Freshman Center, 1.3 ppg)
Indiana Probable Starters
1 Jordan Hulls (Freshman Guard, 6.0 ppg)
2 Christian Watford (Freshman Forward, 12.5 ppg)
5 Jeremiah Rivers 6-5 (Junior Guard, 6.3 ppg)
12 Verdell Jones III (Sophomore Guard, 14.7 ppg)
25 Tom Pritchard (Sophomore Forward, 5.0 ppg)
Off the Bench
11 Daniel Moore (Sophomore Guard, 1.3 ppg)
23 Bobby Capobianco (Freshman Forward, 1.9 ppg)
32 Derek Elston (Freshman Forward, 5.2 ppg)
33 Devan Dumes (Senior Guard, 6.7 ppg)
It was Joe Krabbenhoft's day. Not only was the forward honored on senior day, along with Marcus Landry, Kevin Gullikson and Morris Cain, but Krabbenhoft also led with the Badgers with a career-high 19 points as Wisconsin (19-11 overall, 10-8 Big Ten) cruised past Indiana (6-24, 1-17) 85-61.
And while Landry struggled with his shot, the senior forward chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and tied a career-high with six assists.
The win marked the eighth-straight season that the Badgers, under head coach Bo Ryan's direction, won 19 games and the victory clinches fourth place in the conference.
"I think the best is still ahead of us, which is a good thing and a scary thing for everyone else," Krabbenhoft said. "We just got to keep improving and getting better in practice. We're going to do all we can to be ready to go."
The Badgers were able to jump out to an early lead in the first half of Sunday's game against the Big Ten's last place team in the Hoosiers. Wisconsin ended the first half on a 14-3 run to head into halftime with a 40-23 lead.
Jason Bohannon sparked the Badgers in the early going with his outside shooting. The junior guard ended the game with three 3-pointers and 15 points.
Senior forward Gullikson also gave Wiscosnin a lift off the bench in the first half, scoring all seven of his points in the first half, most off of a baseline jumper.
Wisconsin didn't let up in the second half, either, as the Badgers worked up a large enough led to allow Cain to see action in his seventh game of the season and permitting Gullikson, Landry and Krabbenhoft to each leave the game with a standing ovation with 2:35 remaining.
Last Time Out:
Demetri McCamey turned in a brilliant shooting performance with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting and Mike Tisdale made 8-of-11 shots for 19 points, as Illinois boosted its tournament resume with an impressive 63-56 upset over No.11 Wisconsin Tuesday.
The juniors were the only means of offense for Illinois (17-8, 9-3 Big Ten), scoring 46 of the Illini's 62 points, but it never seemed to matter against a Wisconsin defense that had suffocated opposing team's offense, allowing just 53.7 points per conference game, tops in the league.
With Illinois second in the league in conference scoring (69.2 ppg), Tisdale knocked down virtually every open look he received on the perimeter and every hook shot he threw in over junior Keaton Nankivil.
McCamey scored 16 of his 27 points in the first half, but was just as vital in the second half, including a mini four-point run midway through the second half that took away the lead from Wisconsin for good.
Even though no other Illinois player scored over nine points, the Fighting Illini shot 53.3 percent from the floor, and Wisconsin (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten) still had a bevy of opportunities to take control of the game, and its fate for the remainder of the Big Ten race, late in the contest. Although the Badgers tied the game at 53, Wisconsin watched as Illinois closed the game on a 10-3 run, ending UW's 18-game home court winning streak.
Saturday's contest will be the 153rd meeting in the all-time series. Wisconsin has won 10 of the last 13 games between the two teams, including four straight.
UW has beaten IU eight consecutive times at the Kohl Center, including six under Ryan. The last win by Indiana in Madison was Jan. 25, 1998.
Ryan boasts a 6-3 all-time record vs. Tom Crean, with seven of those decisions coming with Crean at Marquette. In his last trip with the Golden Eagles to the Kohl Center, Crean edged Ryan's squad in 2007.
Wisconsin has not lost consecutive games this season, bouncing back for big wins after each of its five losses, winning by an average of 9.8 points per game and beating three ranked teams.
Only once in Ryan's nine seasons at Wisconsin have the Badgers lost back-to-back home games (against #18 Minnesota and #16 Purdue in 2009).
Bo Ryan often uses Points per Possession (PPP) as a barometer for success both offensively and defensively. Wisconsin ranks third in the Big Ten in offensive efficiency, averaging 1.06 points per possession. UW leads the conference in defensive efficiency, allowing 0.94 points per opponent possession (Opp. PPP). That translates to an efficiency margin (EM) of +0.12, tops in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin leads the nation, turning the ball over an average of just 9.2 times per game. That mark is on pace to smash the single-season school record of 10.0 which was set in 2003-04 and equaled in 2008-09.
The Hoosiers have lost five straight, including a 69-52 loss at home to Ohio State last Wednesday. Their lone Big Ten road win was at Penn State, 67-61.
Crean has seen three of his younger players emerge as some of the finest in their respective classes. Sophomore Verdell Jones III (14.7 ppg.) is the second-highest scorer among second-year performers and freshman Christian Watford (12.5 ppg.) is the top-scoring freshman in the Big Ten. In addition, freshman Maurice Creek was averaging a then rookie-best 16.4 ppg., when he was lost for the season in the final con-conference tilt against IU.
The Hoosiers have scored 40 points or more in a half 12 times this season and have held opponents to 30 points or fewer in a half 16 times.
Other than last year's six game debacle, the longest losing streak Ryan's had since he was a coach at Platteville, the Badgers simply don't lose back-to-back games to unranked opponents. In nine years under Ryan, that's happened twice ... TWICE ... and both instances involved two road games.
Indiana is still a big work in progress. One could argue that the Badgers are, as well, as their inability to score in the paint has rendered them incapable at times of getting good offensive possessions. Trevon Hughes has got to snap out of his funk sooner or later and, I think, the experience factor, the home factor and the anger factor of losing to Illinois will help UW win by two touchdowns and a field goal.
Worgull's Record: 18-6
Points off Prediction: 265 (11.0 per game)