School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Location: Madison, WI
Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad
School Type: Public
Stadium: Kohl Center
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)|
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
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.
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.
Tip-off is Thursday February 7th at 7:00 PM . You can catch this game on BTN.com.