Michigan vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview
(6) Michigan
(26-6, 5-5 away)
(22) Wisconsin
(21-10, 15-4 home)
Venue: United Center
2:38PM ET / 11:38AM PT, March 15, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Michigan T Burke 19.2 M McGary 5.5 T Burke 6.7
Wisconsin B Brust 11.4 R Evans 7.4 T Jackson 2.8

Wisconsin squares off against Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Friday. It gets started at 2:38 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN. The Badgers defeated the Wolverines 65-62 on Feb. 9 and are 7-1 against them over the past four years.

In a 63-60 triumph over Penn State on Mar. 10, Traevon Jackson put up 15 points and five rebounds for the Badgers. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 2.8 assists per game and 1.0 steals per game. For the Wolverines, Trey Burke put up 21 points in the 83-66 win over Penn State on Mar. 14. He puts up a team-leading 19.2 points per game, 6.7 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game.

Reviewing current performance metrics, Michigan has an edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Wolverines have the upper hand over the Badgers, 75.2 points per game to 66.2 points per game. Areas of strength for Michigan include: turnover percentage at 14.3 and effective field goal percentage at 54.8.

Michigan StatSmack

  • Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin has had more players drafted by the NBA than Michigan (three vs. two).
  • The Wisconsin blocks leader (Jared Berggren, 63 blocks) has more blocks than the Michigan blocks leader (Mitch McGary, 21 blocks).
  • Wisconsin has more wins over the last 5 years than Michigan (147 vs. 117).
  • That must sting. Wisconsin has blown out Michigan by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2001.
  • Wisconsin has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Michigan (No. 11 vs. No. 34).
  • Wisconsin players are more experienced than Michigan players (15,236 minutes played vs. 13,352 minutes played).
  • Wisconsin has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($21,552 vs. $26,819).
  • Wisconsin has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($17,777 vs. $23,019).
  • Wisconsin has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Michigan (No. 9 vs. No. 22).
  • Wisconsin has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (73.2 percent to 59.2 percent).
  • Wisconsin is better under pressure, and has defeated Michigan in five out of the last seven games decided by five points or fewer.
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 0 19 3 7 2 0 2
B+ Tim Hardaway Jr 0 15 5 2 1 1 2
B+ G. Robinson III 0 11 5 1 1 0 1
B Nik Stauskas 30 12 3 1 1 0 1
B Mitch McGary 18 6 6 0 1 1 1
C+ Jordan Morgan 18 5 5 0 1 0 1
C Jon Horford 9 3 2 0 0 1 0
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C- Max Bielfeldt 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
WISC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Jared Berggren 29 11 7 1 1 2 1
B+ Ben Brust 0 11 5 2 1 0 1
B Ryan Evans 29 10 8 2 1 1 1
B Sam Dekker 22 10 3 1 1 0 1
B- Mike Bruesewitz 28 7 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Traevon Jackson 27 6 2 3 1 0 2
C George Marshall 17 5 1 1 0 0 1
C Frank Kaminsky 10 4 2 1 0 0 0
C- Dan Fahey 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Jordan Smith 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Zak Showalter 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ J.D. Wise 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Evan Anderson 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Bohannon 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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