November 28, 2008

Inside the numbers: UW-Milwaukee

MADISON, Wis. - Though the Wisconsin men's basketball team failed to return to Madison with the hardware it was hoping for from the Virgin Islands, the team still played reasonably well in the stacked early season tournament. Now, back in the cold of Wisconsin, the Badgers jump back into its normal schedule and routine starting with in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.

The following is a look inside the numbers of tomorrow's match-up:

15: Saturday's contest will be the 26th meeting between the two schools separated by just over a hour drive on interstate 94. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Badgers have reeled off 15 straight wins.

15.3 Under head coach Bo Ryan, UW has outscored UW-M by an average margin of 15.3 points per contest when these two rivals meet.

13.8: Fresh off his Paradise Jam all-tournament selection, UW junior Trevon Hughes has boosted his average to 13.8 points per game. In the Virgin Islands, Hughes averaged just over 17 points during the Badgers three games.

47 and 41: Senior leaders Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft have started 47 and 41 consecutive games respectively. Come Saturday, they will both add another start to those impressive numbers.

21: Of current players on the UW squad, nobody has logged more double digit scoring games this season than Jason Bohannon. The junior guard has scored 10 or more points in three of the Badgers five games so far this season and currently sits second on the team with 21 double-digit scoring games in his career. Only Landry's 26 are better.

3: Through the Badgers first five contests, Landry is averaging three blocks per game. Should he keep that pace up for the remainder of the regular season he will finish with 90 blocks on the year and shatter Rashard Griffith's UW career blocks record. However, averaging three blocks per throughout the entirety of a season is not very realistic. Still, the senior, who currently sits in ninth place in school history with 79 career blocks, only needs 45 more this season to take down the record.

21-of-24: So far this season, Hughes has hit 21-of-24 shots from the charity stripe for an outstanding .875 average. Other than Krabbenhoft's perfect 5-for-5 performances from the line is better on the team. Coincidentally, Bohannon, who many regard as the Badgers best free throw shooter, is only shooting .682 percent after only connecting on 15-of-22 attempts so far.

+7: Even with its 19-point loss to UCONN, the Badgers still hold a +7 scoring margin in comparison to its opponents. So far, UW averages 67 points per game while its opponents have only mustered an average of 60.

75.5: Through it's first five contests UW-M is averaging 75.5 points per game.

3: Three Panthers players average double-digit scoring in the early stages of the season. UW-M is led by Avery Smith's 16 points per game and followed by Tone Boyle's 14.7 and Ricky Franklin's 11.3.

73.5: So far, the Panthers have connected on 73.5 percent of its free-throw attempts early on this season. As would be expected from one of Ryan's protégé's, Rob Jeter's team averages 23-free-throw attempts per game.

3 in a row: For the third straight weekend, UW-M will play against a BCS conference foe. Of its non-conference schedule, the Panthers have 10 games from postseason qualifiers from a season ago, including teams from the Big Ten, Big East and Big 12 conference.

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