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November 26, 2010

Breakdown: UW vs. Boston College

It was never pretty for Wisconsin during the opening round of the Old Spice Classic, but when all was said and done the Badgers outlasted Manhattan and will advance. Next up: Boston College.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Boston College to provide a closer look at the second round NCAA tournament game.

Quick Notes:

-With Thursday's win, UW improved its record to 36-11 all-time under Bo Ryan in the month of November.

-Boston College head coach Steve Donahue's Cornell squad eliminated UW from the NCAA tournament a year ago.

-With his 16-point, 13-rebound effort against the Jaspers, Leuer recorded his third double-double of the season.

Boston College vs. Wisconsin
Boston College Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Reggie Jackson vs. Jordan Taylor, PG To say Taylor struggled from the offensive side of the floor in Thursday's tilt with Manhattan would be a vast understatement. The junior point guard only made one of his seven jumpers and finished with three points. Against Boston College, Taylor will need to play better offensively and stay sound defensively as he will likely be matched up with BC's best guard in Jackson. Advantage: Push
Biko Paris vs. Josh Gasser, G Gasser completed yet another heady performance in Thursday's win over the Jaspers. He finished the contest second on the team with 12 points. It seems as though he's settling into his role as a starter in impressive fashion. Advantage: Wisconsin
Corey Raji vs. Mike Bruesewitz F Raji, who has started each of BC's past two games on the bench, is arguably the Eagles best player. He's rangy, strong and physical on both ends of the floor. He will be a major challenge for Bruesewitz and whoever else has to guard him throughout the contest. Advantage: Boston College
Cortney Dunn vs. Jon Leuer G/F Leuer seemed to snap out of his funk late in the first half of Thursday's win over Manhattan. Not only did he finish with a team-high 16 points, he also ripped down 13 boards. There's no doubt he'll be UW's go-to scorer this season. The question that remains is whether he'll have any help. Advantage: Wisconsin
Joe Trapani vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Nankivil was off on Thursday afternoon. His shot didn't seem to be coming comfortably and he never really settled into an offensive rhythm. As a big man in the system, Nankivil needs to prove he can be a relied upon scorer moving forward. Advantage: Push
Josh Southern (pictured), Dallas Elmore, Gabrial Moton vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Tim Jarmusz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench Donahue isn't afraid to rotate guys in quick fashion in an effort to keep them healthy. It's just that he likes to rotate the same guys because the depth off the bench is very minimal. Wisconsin, on the other hand, will likely see more from Evans and Berggren against Boston College simply because they possess a larger lineup. Advantage: Wisconsin
Steve Donahue vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach The last time Donahue coached against Wisconsin he had a courtside view of a shooting exhibition that carried his Cornell sqaud into the Sweet 16. Though he's got a talented team, it just seems they haven't settled into his offensive schemes. UW is comfortable with its identity and the players know their roles so the edge goes to Ryan in this one. Advantage: Wisconsin


Date/Time

Friday, November 26, at 11:00 a.m. CT

Location

Orlando, Fla.

Arena

Disney HP Field House (5,000)

Television

ESPN (Bob Picozzi and Dan Dakich)

Radio

Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series

UW leads 3-2

Last Meeting

Boston College beat UW 74-72 on December 27th, 1985

Rankings

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

Boston College: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A



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