December 13, 2008

Breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Green Bay

MADISON, Wis. - After barely holding on for a two-point win in its last game against Idaho State, the Wisconsin men's basketball team will take the court again tonight. This time, it will finish its state-school tour as Green Bay comes to town.

Today, BadgerBlitz.com analyses the potential match-up's between UW and Green Bay to provide a closer look at the final in-state match up for the Badgers this season.


Quick notes:

--The Badgers have never lost to the Phoenix, holding a 14-0 lead in the series including a 12-0 mark in Madison.

--Tonight's game will be the 10th straight season the schools have met.

--Since Bo Ryan took over, UW has beaten Green Bay by an average of 15.9 points per game.

--Tonight's game will reunite Marcus Landry and Bryquis Perine, former teammates at Milwaukee Vincent high school. UW sophomore Wquinton Smith and Green Bay's Troy Cotton were teammates at Milwaukee King high school, too.

Rahmon Fletcher vs. Trevon Hughes

Fletcher is a little guard that brings some good things to the table. However, if Hughes is able to frustrate him on defense and force him into difficult shots, Fletcher, who only shoots 37 percent from the field, will struggle. Hughes is still UW leading scorer, even after having a rough night against Idaho State. Look for the Badger junior to bounce back in a strong way tonight.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Troy Cotton[db] vs. [db]Jason Bohannon

Cotton enters the game as Green Bay's leading scorer with 14.5 points per game. He features the scoring mentality as he averages less than one assist per game. In fact, the junior has more turnovers than he does assists at this point in the season. Bohannon will need to play solid defense, take away Cotton's drive and force him into tough shots as well as hit some shots on the offensive side of the ball.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Terry Evans vs. Joe Krabbenhoft

Even while Krabbenhoft has not had as much offensive success as some would have liked to this point, he remains one of the better all-around players on the floor. He averages 6.8 points, six rebounds and three assists per game so far. Evan's on the other hand is Green Bay's third leading scorer with 10.5 per outing. If Krabbenhoft is able to control Evans and force the Phoenix guards to pick up the slack, it will be a long night for Green Bay.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Randy Berry vs. Keaton Nankivil

Nankivil is coming off a season-low 10 minutes played against Idaho State. As a young sophomore, the Madison native is still adjusting to the college game, which is expected. However, against a much smaller Green Bay team, this may be the game where Nankivil needs to show his ability and explosiveness.

Advantage: Green Bay

Mike Schachtner vs. Marcus Landry

This is a favorable match-up for Landry as both players are around the same height. Landry will need to establish his presence down low in the early stages before moving outside for his shot. If Schachtner runs into early foul trouble, Green Bay will be in trouble because it does not have much size on its bench.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Green Bay bench vs. Wisconsin bench

Jon Leuer may be inching closer to stepping into a starter role. He is incredibly proficient when coming off the bench and has elevated himself as the team's third leading scorer. Meanwhile, Tang Chop, who has started four-of-eight Green Bay games this season while averaging 8.6 points per game, plays a similar role to Leuer. But overall, UW's bench is deeper which gives them the edge.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Tod Kowalczyk vs. Bo Ryan

Kowalczyk has his team playing at a great level early this season and has them on the verge of the best start in his tenure. With a win in Madison, the Phoenix would improve to 7-2, its best nine-game start since the 1995-96 season. However, not many teams have come to Madison and beaten UW under Ryan, and it most likely will not happen tonight either.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Date/Time

Saturday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. CT

Location

Madison, Wis.

Arena

Kohl Center (17,230)

Television

Big Ten Network (Mel Proctor and Shon Morris)

Radio

Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Rankings

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

Green Bay: USA Today: NA, Assoc. Press: NA

Last Meeting

70-52 UW win in Madison last December

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