Didn’t turn out well for Badgers, but I couldn’t resist.

School: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Founded: 1848

Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Kohl Center

Seating: 17,230

Opened: 1998

Head Coach: Bobbie Kelsey

Experience: 2nd year

This is the return match between these teams. The 1st game was played on January 20th at ‘my’ arena where the Badgers prevailed 68 – 49, giving Wisconsin their first conference win of the season. Hopefully, things go a bit better at home for Jim Foster’s team. The table, below has a few key metrics.

      eFG%           A/T     Off Reb    Pts/Gm (O)    Pts/Gm (D)
Wisconsin 44.2% 1.00 39.8% 59.10 59.70
Ohio State 50.2% 1.00 36.5% 68.60 60.00

Despite getting killed at the Kohl last month, the offensive numbers appear to favor the Buckeyes. Ball handling is a wash, are the defensive statistics. Wisconsin rebounds their misses better than Ohio State, but with a much lower eFG%, they have more opportunities.

Wisconsin’s starters and their stats, below

MPG FG% PPG RPG APG TPG
5 Morgan Paige 36 37.3 17.4 1.5 1.5 3.1
35 Jacki Gulczynski 33 42.0 11.4 6.1 1.8 1.8
43 Cassie Rochel 31 49.1 6.8 8.0 1.3 1.9
24 Tiera Stephen 35 39.3 6.5 6.1 5.5 5.2
4 Nicole Bauman 26 37.7 6.4 3.1 1.3 2.3

Not a whole lot that stands out with the Badgers (10-12, 2-7). Their scoring in pretty well balanced with two players averaging double digits. The starters of Paige (5’9”), Gulczynski (6’1”), Rochel (6’4”), Stephen (5’7”) and Baughman (5’10”) don’t present an overly big lineup, but will provide an interesting matchup between Rochel and Adams. Wisconsin’s two conference wins so far have come against OSU and conference leading (at the time) PSU. I can’t figure it out either.

Ohio State starters and stats, below.

MPG FG% PPG RPG APG TPG
#04 Tayler Hill 35 43.7 21.2 4.6 2.9 2.8
#33 Ashley Adams 28 51.8 9.0 7.0 2.4 1.9
#24 Ameryst Alston 28 50.0 6.5 3.6 3.0 2.5
#31 Aleks Dobranic 14 59.4 4.0 2.4 0.6 1.2
#22 Maleeka Kynard 10 38.9 2.5 1.4 0.8 0.7

The starters of Hill (5’10”), Adams (6’5”), Alston (5’9”), Dobranic (6‘4“) and Kynard(5‘7“) (based on the previous game) appear to give OSU a bit of a height advantage in the front court. As I previewed for the Nebraska game, a quick glimpse at the starters’ stats struck me as being eerily similar to the OSU men’s team this year. If you were to plug in the men’s names, with DeShaun Thomas; the role of Tayler Hill, there are some similarities. Jim Foster’s team clearly depends on the good play of Ms Hill.

So, what happens? I think Coach Foster may have found a formula, based on Sunday’s 70-56 thrashing of Indiana. OSU (12-10, 2-7) needed a solid performance, and got it. I know the Indiana team isn’t very good, Wisconsin is barely better, and Ohio State is pretty much similar to Wisconsin. Thus, I think that OSU puts together a solid effort and wins this by low double-digits.

One more thing. This latest lineup seemed to play well, especially on offense. But with a new lineup, progress may be in ’baby steps‘. It’s an early game on Thursday; head down to the Arena and cheer this team on. Just a little extra crowd energy may be just the thing on Thursday.

Go Bucks.

Tip-off is Thursday February 7th at 7:00 PM . You can catch this game on BTN.com.

2 Comments

  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    February 5th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Very nice preview Ken. A big factor in this game will be the bench, Darryce Moore and Emilee Harmon provided some nice scoring off the bench against Indiana and they need to step up again in this one. Rochel against Adams is a tough matchup, Adams is a good shot blocker but can be caught out of position easily. Whoever is at the four spot will need to help out on defense. Dobranic gets the start there but Moore and Harmon will also get time in that spot and will need to play good games.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    February 5th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Charles, thank you for your insights. I am not as well versed with the nuances of this team, nor the match up challenges as I’d like to be. I appreciate your commentary to flesh out and broaden/deepen the preview. Thanks again.

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