The University of Wisconsin mens basketball team (15-7, 5-4 Big Ten) will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when it takes on Indiana (13-6, 5-3) at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kohl Center. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
Both teams were once tied for first place in the league and were ranked in the top 15; now, the Badgers and the 24th-ranked Hoosiers find themselves in the middle of the pack. Both teams also had recent losses to last-place teams in the Big Ten, as UW fell to Purdue and IU lost to Minnesota.
As a result, the contest is a must-win for each team to remain in the hunt for a conference title. Wisconsin has the historical advantage, having won five out of the last six meetings.
Statistically, Indiana is tops in the league for 3-point shooting percentage at .431 and second in defending the long ball, allowing just 31.0 percent of 3-point attempts to be made (UW is eighth and sixth, respectively, in those categories).
(Indiana has) just great shooters, guys obviously with great credentials that on different nights you see somebody score a lot of points, head coach Bo Ryan said. You know, theyre a very good team and thats why theyve been labeled as such.
While the Badgers dont lead any major category, they are one of only two teams to rank in the top five of both scoring offense (72.8 ppg) and scoring defense (64.6 ppg). Junior Alando Tucker is the third-highest scorer with 18.9 ppg, one spot ahead of IUs Marco Killingsworth and his 18.4 ppg.
Killingsworth tallied 15 points and six rebounds in his teams loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday. He did not play in last years games against UWincluding the March 1 game in which Tucker made a game-winning putback as time expiredas he had to sit out one season after transferring from Auburn.
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