Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview
Minnesota
(15-4, 3-2 away)
Wisconsin
(13-6, 10-3 home)
Venue: Kohl Center
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 13.8 T Mbakwe 8.6 A Hollins 3.7
Wisconsin J Berggren 12.5 R Evans 7.8 B Brust 2.9

On Saturday, Wisconsin plays host to No. 12 Minnesota at Kohl Center. It gets started at 2:00 EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Badgers are 3-3 against the Golden Gophers over the last four years. They won 52-45 on 2/28/2012 the last time they played.

Minnesota is in 6th place in the conference and nipping at the heels of 4th place Wisconsin.

In their last match-up on January 22nd, Mike Bruesewitz put up 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Badgers in a loss to Michigan State, 49-47. He is averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. For the Golden Gophers, Trevor Mbakwe finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds in the 55-48 loss to Northwestern on January 23rd. With 8.6 rebounds per game and 1.7 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. The Four Factors in which Minnesota stands out are offensive rebounding percentage at 48.0 and free throw rate at 44.4.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • Wisconsin has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Minnesota (#52 vs #81).
  • Jared Berggren is ranked 1st in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Wisconsin has come back to win after being down at half against Minnesota 6 times since 1996.
  • We just win. Wisconsin has more wins over the last 5 years than Minnesota (135 vs 116).
  • Ben Brust is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 7th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
  • At least you keep showing up. Wisconsin has an average margin of victory of 9 over Minnesota in 29 wins since 1980.
  • AP voters think more highly of Wisconsin and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Minnesota (132 vs 35).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin has had more players drafted by the NBA than Minnesota (3 vs 2).
  • Minnesota has to pay up to win. The coach for Wisconsin has a much lower base salary than Minnesota ($1,550,000 vs $1,861,000).
  • The Wisconsin three-point leader (Ben Brust) has more three-pointers than the Minnesota three-point leader (Andre Hollins).
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 22 10 8 1 1 2 2
B+ Rodney Williams 29 12 6 2 1 1 2
B+ Andre Hollins 28 14 3 4 1 1 2
B+ Austin Hollins 29 12 4 3 2 1 1
B Joe Coleman 28 11 4 2 2 1 2
C Julian Welch 14 4 2 2 1 0 1
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 3 1 0 1 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Maurice Walker 8 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Oto Osenieks 9 3 2 1 0 0 1
C- Andre Ingram 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
C- Wally Ellenson 8 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
WISC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Jared Berggren 27 12 6 1 1 2 1
B Ryan Evans 29 11 8 2 1 1 1
B Ben Brust 32 11 6 3 1 0 1
B- Mike Bruesewitz 26 8 5 2 1 0 1
B- Sam Dekker 22 9 3 2 1 0 1
C Traevon Jackson 24 6 2 2 1 0 2
C George Marshall 19 6 1 1 0 0 1
C Frank Kaminsky 10 5 2 1 0 1 0
D+ Zak Showalter 9 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Jordan Smith 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Dan Fahey 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Evan Anderson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Bohannon 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ J.D. Wise 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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