NCAA Tournament Scores 2012: Vandy's Hot Shooting Will Sink Wisconsin

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIMarch 17, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15:  John Jenkins #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores shoots against Christian Webster #15 of the Harvard Crimson in the second half of the game during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vanderbilt won 79-70 in regulation.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When Vanderbilt matches up with Wisconsin on Saturday, it will be a tale of two different styles of basketball, and Vanderbilt's long-range game will be the difference.

While Vanderbilt enjoys running up and down the floor and taking a good amount of long-range shots, Wisconsin is the exact opposite, as they slow the pace and force their opponent into half-court game.

The biggest asset for the Badgers is that they make the other team play their style of play, and do not think Vanderbilt does not know that.

Vanderbilt and Wisconsin's matchup on Saturday will decide which style of play is better in the NCAA Tournament, and Vanderbilt's John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor will both play major factors in how this game will pan out.

For Vanderbilt to win on Saturday over Wisconsin, it will need to hit shots from nearly every point on the floor.  The main thing the Commodores have going for them is that Wisconsin's pace of play does not make them a suitable team to come back from big deficits.

If Vanderbilt's long-range game is on point, then the Badgers could be in for an uphill battle from the very beginning.

The X-factor in this instance is Vanderbilt guard Jenkins, who had a monster game against Harvard on Thursday, with 27 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor.  

It's his three-point game that needs to be ready to go on Saturday, as Wisconsin does not let much up inside, as forward Festus Ezeli will find out. 

The Commodores will also need a better contribution from forward Jeffrey Taylor if they want to get past the Badgers.  Taylor had his usual game of 15 points, but tends to get lost in the game when Jenkins starts shooting on a constant basis, which will happen at some point in this game.

 Taylor is the veteran of this bunch and he will need to make his mark when this game gets close,  which it will.

If Taylor and Jenkins are hitting their shots, which seems to be the norm these days, the Commodores should be able to creep past Wisconsin on Saturday.  

Also, look for meaningful contribution from Vanderbilt guard Brad Tinsley from three-point range.  He will need to be clutch when the team needs him to be against the Badgers, as this game looks like a close matchup to the very end.