December 9, 2008

Breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Idaho State

MADISON, Wis. - It seems like it has been an eternity since the Wisconsin men's basketball team has graced the warm surrounding of the Kohl Center court. Starting tonight against Idaho State, it will start a four-game home stand before conference play begins.

Today, analyzes the potential match-up's between UW and MU to provide a closer look at the in-state rivalry.

Quick Notes:

--Tonight's game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. Overall, UW holds a 4-1 record against schools in the Big Sky conference.

--In it's history, UW has gone 2-0 vs. Montana, 1-0 vs. Eastern Washington and 1-1 against Weber State.

--Head coaches Bo Ryan and Joe O'Brien have combined to win 13 national coach of the year awards. Ryan has logged seven (four at Div. III and two at Div. I). Meanwhile, O'Brien has won six of his own at the junior college level.

Amorrow Morgan vs. Trevon Hughes

Hughes has developed into the Badgers most prominent scorer so far this season and averages just less than 14 points per game. At 6-foot-5, Morgan leads ISU with 37.3 minutes per game. Knowing this, Hughes will need to stay out of foul trouble, unlike his performance at Marquette, and force Morgan into making mistakes.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Donnie Carson vs. Jason Bohannon

After a decent shooting performance at Virginia Tech, Bohannon only hit 3-of-9 shots at Marquette. Maybe shooting on his home floor for a few games in a row will help him re-establish his shot. Meanwhile, Carson has started four of ISU's first seven games and averages nearly eight points per game. More importantly, he gets after the ball on rebounds, averaging five per game.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Matt Stucki vs. Joe Krabbenhoft

Krabbenhoft will once again be tested defensively as it continues to be a recurring theme for the Badger senior. This time, he gets matched-up with the 6-foo-6 and ISU's second leading scorer in Stucki. Krabbenhoft always gives his all on the court, but has been on the receiving end of some great shooting performances. Look for that to change tonight against Stucki and the Bengals.
Advantage: Wisconsin

Demetrius Monroe vs. Keaton Nankivil

Against Marquette, Nankivil finally started to show flashes of his mid-to-long range jumper. As the season progresses, the Badgers will need that aspect of the sophomore's game to continue to develop as he has been sturdy on defense. Tonight, he will need to defend the post especially well as Idaho State has great size on the block and Monroe is the Bengals third leading scorer with more than 10 points per game.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Deividas Busma/Lucas Steijn vs. Marcus Landry

The Badgers are deep enough into the season that a true "big" seems to be lacking in the Badger frontcourt. Still, Landry has done a bang up job against some bigger competition, but tonight he will be tested again. Both Busma and Steijn push the 7-foot plateau and will hold a height advantage over Landry. In order for UW to get at the rim, the Badger senior will need to hit some shots from outside to draw his defender out of the lane.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Kal Bay, Austin Kilpatrick, Felix Caspari, Phyllip Taylor and Chron Tatum vs. Jon Leuer, Tim Jarmusz, Robert Wilson and Jordan Taylor

Expect Bo Ryan to put Leuer in early and often as he is not only the best off the Badger bench, but also presents size that can match-up with Idaho State's size. So far this season, Leuer ranks third on the team in scoring (9.6 ppg) in only 16.5 minutes per contest. He effectively gets to the rim and has a knack for finishing.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Bo Ryan vs. Joe O'Brien

Both coaches have had their fair share of success throughout their respective careers, but on this night, in the Kohl Center, the edge has to go to Ryan. UW is superb at home and just has the better overall team and talent in comparison to the Bengals. Expect O'Brien to have his team ready to play, but in the end, the Badgers will pull away.

Advantage: Wisconsin


Tuesday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. CT


Madison, Wis.


Kohl Center (17,230)


Big Ten Network (Craig Coshun and Doug Attenberger)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)


First meeting


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

Idaho State: USA Today: NA, Assoc. Press: NA

Last Meeting

First meeting

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