January 3, 2010

Breakdown: UW at Penn State

Wisconsin opened Big Ten play last week with an impressive win over Ohio State inside the Kohl Center. Now, though, the Badgers will take to the road for only their second true road game as UW preps to take on a Penn State squad early this afternoon.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Penn State to provide a closer look at an early Big Ten conference tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Wisconsin holds a 23-8 margin against Penn State in the all-time series history.

-The Badgers have won the past 10 games in a row against PSU by an average of 20.2 points per game. During that 10-game winning streak UW has held the Nittany Lions to only 50.8 points per game.

-Wisconsin will be the first ranked opponent PSU has seen this season.

Penn State vs. Wisconsin
Penn State Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Talor Battle vs. Trevon Hughes, PG Each time the Badgers match skills with Penn State this matchup is one of the more intriguing to watch during the game. Both players have incredibly solid skill sets and seem to rise to the occasion at the most important times. Because Hughes has played at an all-conference level this season, he gets the nod this time around. Advantage: Wisconsin
Tim Frazier vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Bohannon struggle for most of the game against Ohio State last week but started to find his stroke late in the game. The fact remains that when on, Bohannon is one of the deadlier shooters in the league. Against Frazier, an athletic guard, Bohannon will need to play solid defense and keep on him around the perimeter. Advantage: Wisconsin
David Jackson vs. Tim Jarmusz SF Jackson is averaging eight points per game but he still has the capability to make his mark on the scoreboard. Against Sacred Heart earlier in the year, Jackson scored a career high 26 points. Meanwhile Jarmusz, while a capable shooter, has struggled with his shots in recent games. Advantage: Penn State
Andrew Jones vs. Jon Leuer, PF Leuer has simply been riding a hot streak over the past month. Hopefully for Wisconsin, the junior will be able to carry that momentum all the way through the conference slate. Today will be an interesting matchup against a defender that is just as tall as Leuer. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jeff Brooks vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Brooks and Nankivil essentially provide the same role on the court. They are athletic big men that have potential to be threats offensively. This will be a fun matchup to watch and I believe the player that stays out of foul trouble will hold the edge. Advantage: Wisconsin
Chris Babb (pictured), Bill Edwards, Adam Highberger and Cammeron Woodyard vs. Jordan Taylor (pictured), Rob Wilson, Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench Taylor has got to be on the short list of Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year candidates so far this season. He continually scores the basketball and has a conference best assist-to-turnover ratio. With him coming off the bench and relieving Hughes of the point guard duties, it opens things up that much more for the Badger senior. If Taylor plays well, UW is really hard to beat. Advantage: Wisconsin
Ed Dechellis vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach The numbers speak for themselves in this matchup. Bo Ryan has bested Dechellis in each of the past 10 meetings between the schools and they haven't even been close. It seems that the Badgers hold matchup advantages in nearly every category when these teams meet. Advantage: Wisconsin


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UW leads 23-8


Wisconsin: USA Today: RV, Assoc. Press: 23

Duke: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A

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