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WISCONSIN TRAVELS TO MINNESOTA

January 22, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



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Up Next: Badgers hit the road to battle Minnesota
Wisconsin will head out on the road for a pair of games, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Minnesota. Bo Ryan’s team are 16-5 all-time against the Gophers. UW is trying to avoid just the 6th three-game losing streak in the Ryan era (since 2001-02).

Up next, Wisconsin will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to play Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.

 Game 19  | #9/8 Wisconsin (16-2, 3-2) at Minnesota (14-5, 3-3)
 Date  Wednesday, Jan. 22  |  8 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Minneapolis, Minn.  |  Williams Arena (16,000)
 TV
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 Radio
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 Live Coverage
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 Game Notes
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KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER
1 GOOD START: 
UW opened the season 16-0, its best start in program history. Now 16-2, the Badgers are still No. 5 in the RPI, owning 3 wins over the AP top 25 and 5 wins over the RPI top 50. Only Kansas (7) and Syracuse (6) have more top-50 wins.

2 ON THE OFFENSIVE: Wisconsin is enjoying its best offense of the Bo Ryan era, averaging 75.8 ppg (up 10.8 ppg from last season), while leading the Big Ten in offensive efficiency with an average of 1.21 points per possession.

3 WHY THEY'RE GOOD: UW boasts its most productive offense in 19 years, but has remained true to its roots. The Badgers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense allowing 62.8 points per game, lead the nation in fewest TOs (8.3 per game) and are 3rd in NCAA in fewest fouls committed (14.9 per game).

4 BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: UW has scored 70+ in 9 straight games, but has also proven it can win in any style this season, winning games while scoring in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s.

5 BO KNOWS BIG TEN: Mid-season national coach of the year, Bo Ryan’s .703 (147-62) win percentage in Big Ten games is the best mark in history, surpassing Bob Knight (353-151, .700) and OSU’s Thad Matta (113-49, .698).

 

ALL-TIME VS. MINNESOTA
• Wisconsin and Minnesota will be playing for the 194th time Wednesday night, making the Gophers the most played opponent in UW history. Minnesota leads the all-time series 101-92 and the Gophers own a 68-31 edge in games played in Minneapolis.

• Bo Ryan owns a 16-5 (.762) record against Minnesota with a 6-4 mark at Williams Arena.

• The Badgers have won 16 of the last 21 against the Gophers and 5 of the last 6.

UW and UM split a pair of meetings last season with both teams winning on their home floor.

• Each of the last 2 UW-UM meetings at Williams Arena have gone to overtime with the teams splitting.

• Minnesota is averaging just 56.8 points per game over the last 10 meetings.

DEFENSE WITHOUT FOULING
• Even with the new defensive emphasis from officials, the Badgers are again among the nation’s best at defending without fouling. UW is 3rd in the nation, averaging just 14.9 fouls per game.

• UW’s opponents are averaging just 13.8 free throw attempts this season, which is also the fewest in the NCAA.

• By comparison, UW finished 3rd in the nation averaging 14.0 fouls per game in 2012-13 and opponents shot an average of 13.9 FTs per game.

• Overall, UW is 11-2 in Big Ten openers under Bo Ryan, with losses in each of his first two seasons as head coach.

 
Game Notes
Complete men's basketball game notes in printable PDF format.

NOTES FROM UW'S LAST GAME:
IND 77, #3 WIS 70 - 1/18/14 - Kohl Center

• UW lost for the first time at home this season, falling 77-70 to Michigan. The loss snapped a 10-game home win streak overall and an 11-game home win streak vs. Michigan, dating back to 1999.

• The Badgers trailed by as many as 15 points with 11:46 remaining, before cutting the deficit to 1, 68-67, with under 2:00 left. Michigan would hit 6 of 7 FTs to pull out the win.

• UW shot 43.3% from the field (38.9% from deep), but watching UM shoot 54.7% and 53.8% from 3-point range. That is the 2nd-highest FG% allowed by the Badgers this season and the highest against a Big Ten opponent since Ohio State shot 68.1% against UW in March 6, 2011.

• One game after allowing 52 points in the paint at Indiana, UW owned a 32-26 scoring edge in the lane against Michigan.

• Josh Gasser led 4 UW players in double figures, scoring 16 points, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Ben Brust and Frank Kaminsky each scored 14 points while Sam Dekker tallied his 4th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

BOUNCING BACK
• Wisconsin lost rare back-to-back games last week. In the Bo Ryan era (since 2001-02 season), the Badgers have only had 4 losing streaks of 3 games or more.

• UW’s last 3-game losing streak came in the 2011-12 season when it dropped games to Iowa, No. 10 MSU in OT and at No. 16 Michigan.


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