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Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers are tough to beat at the Kohl Center.
If anyone needs evidence of how deep the Big Ten Conference is they should take a look at the Wisconsin Badgers, who are not ranked in the national polls but have throttled the Illinois Fighting Illini and are the only team in the league with a victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.
The Badgers also gave the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans a serious run at the Kohl Center, which is a venue everybody in the league hopes they can avoid given Wisconsin's 179-18 record there under head coach Bo Ryan.
What the Badgers lack in talent they make up for with sound fundamental play and outstanding defense.
Senior power forward Jared Berggren will give the Michigan Wolverines some problems in the post, but Glenn Robinson III should be able to handle senior small forward Mike Bruesewitz.
Underclassmen guards Traevon Jackson and George Marshall have each had their respective turns in the spotlight, though Ryan Evans, Sam Dekker and Ben Brust have been much more consistent for the Badgers.
Scoring will be at a premium in this matchup, and the Wolverines finally look like they have enough athleticism to come away with a victory in Madison.
This matchup does not suit Michigan particularly well though, and the Badgers will make the Wolverines operate out of the half court for much of the contest, which is something the Maize and Blue have struggled with this season.
Plus, Michigan will be coming off of an emotional effort against the Buckeyes, so this one is set up for a letdown.
Prediction: Wisconsin 58, Michigan 51