Wisconsin vs. Penn State: Full Game Preview
|Wisconsin||J Berggren 11.4||R Evans 7.7||T Jackson 2.7|
|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 7.1||D (DJ) Newbill 4.0|
On Sunday, Penn State hosts No. 22 Wisconsin at Bryce Jordan Center. It gets started at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions fell to the Badgers 60-51 on Jan. 3 and are 2-8 against them over the last four years.
Penn State maintains 12th place in the Big Ten while Wisconsin is in fifth place.
In a 66-59 triumph over Northwestern on Mar. 7, Jermaine Marshall put up 18 points and five rebounds for the Nittany Lions. In addition to his 15.3 points per game, he is also chipping in 4.5 rebounds per game. For the Badgers, Ryan Evans finished with nine points and 11 rebounds in the 58-43 loss to Michigan State on Mar. 7. He averages 10.4 points per game in addition to a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game. Wisconsin will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.5 and turnover percentage at 15.5.
- Penn State has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Wisconsin according to Kiplinger (62 percent vs. 50 percent).
- Penn State has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Wisconsin (No. 11 vs. No. 52).
- The Penn State steals leader (Jermaine Marshall, 43 steals) has more steals than the Wisconsin steals leader (Traevon Jackson, 31 steals).
- Devonte (DJ) Newbill is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in points and 5th in the Big Ten in assists.
- State College isn't as congested as Madison (population is significantly lower).
- The Penn State assist leader (Devonte (DJ) Newbill, 114 assists) has more assists than the Wisconsin assist leader (Traevon Jackson, 78 assists).
- Penn State has an average margin of victory of 8 over Wisconsin in 10 wins since 1992.
- Penn State players are more experienced than Wisconsin players (12,667 minutes played vs. 12,596 minutes played).
- Jermaine Marshall is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in points and 8th in the Big Ten in steals.
- The Penn State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Wisconsin (86 percent vs. 70 percent).