Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview

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Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview
(20) Wisconsin
(17-7, 4-4 away)
Minnesota
(17-7, 14-3 home)
Venue: Williams Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Wisconsin J Berggren 11.9 R Evans 7.7 B Brust 2.6
Minnesota A Hollins 13.8 T Mbakwe 8.8 A Hollins 3.5

On Thursday, No. 20 Wisconsin heads to Williams Arena to take on Minnesota. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Badgers beat the Golden Gophers 45-44 on Jan. 26 and are 4-3 against them over the last four years.

Wisconsin is in third place in the Big Ten, Minnesota is in sixth place.

In a 65-62 triumph over Michigan on Feb. 9, Ben Brust put up 14 points for the Badgers. He contributes a team-high 2.6 assists per game and 1 steals per game. For the Golden Gophers, Austin Hollins finished with 16 points in the 57-53 loss to Illinois on Feb. 10. He averages 11.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 2 steals per game. Minnesota will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: offensive rebounding percentage at 46.3 percent and free throw rate at 42.2 percent.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • A for effort, but Wisconsin has emerged victorious against Minnesota the last four times they've played.
  • The Wisconsin three-point leader (Ben Brust, 52 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Minnesota three-point leader (Andre Hollins, 48 three-pointers).
  • Wisconsin has more wins over the last 5 years than Minnesota (143 vs. 120).
  • Wisconsin is better under pressure, and has defeated Minnesota in six out of the last nine games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Wisconsin is ranked higher than Minnesota in the Big Ten (No. 3 vs. No. 6).
  • Boom! Wisconsin defeated Minnesota by 1 point the last time they played (Jan 26, 2013).
  • 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).
  • Wisconsin has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Minnesota ($17,777 vs. $20,977).
  • Wisconsin has a better conference record than Minnesota this season (8-3 vs. 5-6).
WISC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Jared Berggren 29 12 7 1 1 2 1
B+ Ryan Evans 30 11 8 2 1 1 2
B+ Ben Brust 33 11 5 3 1 0 1
B Sam Dekker 22 9 4 1 1 0 1
B Mike Bruesewitz 27 7 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Traevon Jackson 26 6 2 2 1 0 2
C George Marshall 18 5 1 1 0 0 1
C Frank Kaminsky 10 5 2 1 0 1 0
D+ Jordan Smith 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Zak Showalter 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Dan Fahey 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Bohannon 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Evan Anderson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ J.D. Wise 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 23 9 8 1 1 2 2
B+ Rodney Williams 29 12 6 2 1 1 2
B+ Andre Hollins 29 14 3 4 1 0 2
B+ Austin Hollins 30 11 4 3 2 1 1
B Joe Coleman 28 10 4 2 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C Julian Welch 13 3 1 2 1 0 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 10 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Oto Osenieks 9 2 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Wally Ellenson 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Maurice Walker 7 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Andre Ingram 9 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

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