WISCONSIN TRAVELS TO MINNESOTA
January 22, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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Up Next: Badgers hit the road to battle Minnesota
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.
KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER
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
• 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
• 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.
NOTES FROM UW'S LAST GAME:
• 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.
• 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.