Wisconsin vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
|Wisconsin||B Brust 11.4||R Evans 7.4||T Jackson 2.8|
|Indiana||C Zeller 17.0||C Zeller 8.1||K Ferrell 4.2|
Indiana takes on Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Hoosiers fell to the Badgers 64-59 on Jan. 15 and are 0-9 against them over the last four years.
The 24 points and nine rebounds by Cody Zeller helped the Hoosiers to an 80-64 victory over Illinois on Mar. 15. He contributes a team-leading 17.0 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 1.3 blocks per game. For the Badgers, Ben Brust finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in the 68-59 win over Michigan on Mar. 15. He leads the team with 11.4 points per game.
Indiana appears to have a key statistical advantage over Wisconsin in one area, scoring, where the Hoosiers have an edge over the Badgers, 80.8 points per game to 66.2 points per game. Wisconsin will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.6 and turnover percentage at 15.4.
- The Indiana three-point leader (Jordan Hulls, 76 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Wisconsin three-point leader (Ben Brust, 71 three-pointers).
- Bloomington isn't as congested as Madison (population is significantly lower).
- Indiana has an average margin of victory of 12 over Wisconsin in 39 wins since 1980.
- Indiana is a better shooting team (48.8 percent vs. 42.5 percent) than Wisconsin this season.
- Indiana has a stronger schedule than Wisconsin this season (SOS Rank: No. 8 vs. No. 26).
- Even computers respect Indiana more. Indiana has a better RPI this season than Wisconsin (RPI: No. 5 vs. No. 44).
- Indiana is ranked higher than Wisconsin in the Big Ten (No. 1 vs. No. 4).
- Indiana players are more experienced than Wisconsin players (18,834 minutes played vs. 15,236 minutes played).
- The Indiana scoring leader (Cody Zeller, 521 points) has more points than the Wisconsin scoring leader (Jared Berggren, 355 points).
- The Indiana assist leader (Kevin Ferrell, 132 assists) has more assists than the Wisconsin assist leader (Traevon Jackson, 86 assists).