Originally Posted by BuckyGator
Didn't see a thread dedicated to tomorrow's game yet...While my rooting interests will be slightly torn, I"m thrilled to finally see my alma maters match-up in...anything!
Obviously should be an interesting contrast in styles - the key from Gators perspective will be how do they handle the disciplined, methodical approach that is a given from a Bo Ryan team. A lot teams - even extremely talented ones - get frustrated/rattled and play right into the Badgers' hands...
As far as the UW line-up, they're in a bit similar boat in that starting PG (Josh Gasser) is out, lost for the season with ACL.
Brust is the most experienced perimeter scorer - while he typically doesn't create much for himself, he is active and can get very hot from the outside. Him versus KB will probably be the key guard battle to watch.
Marshall is new starting G replacing Jordan Taylor - obviously haven't seen much of him yet, but high expectations for him longer-term.
Badgers strength really comes from the bigs -
Ryan Evans is a good athlete and versatile scorer. I'd expect he'll matchup with WY?
Berggren is a big who is very comfortable stepping outside, and is far more athletic than perhaps you'd expect just looking at him. I assume he'll guard PY inside on defense.
Bruesewitz is sort of a scrappy, hustle-type player who does a bit of everything. He's still working his way back from injury, so expect Kamisky to also play quite a bit. He's similar to Berggren in style, but not as developed yet.
Their wild card is true freshman Sam Dekker, one of the biggest recruits in UW history and expected to be one of the top frosh in the Big10 this year. Expectations are sky-high for him, but not sure how big of an impact he'll make right out of the starting gates.
^Thanks for the insight!
Judging from the stats, this looks like Wisconsin's lineup
PG: 5'11 185 George Marshall (Fr): 5 pts/g, 2 A/g
SG: 6'1 195 Ben Brust
(Jr): 14 pts/g, 11.0 reb/g, 3.0 A/g
SF: 6'6 212 Ryan Evans (Sr): 9 pts/g, 9 reb/g
?PF: 6'6 223 Mike Bruessewitz (Sr): 10 pts/G, 3 reb/g
C: 6'10 235 Jared Berggren
(Sr): 19 ppg, 8 reb/g
Top Bench players:
C: 6'11 230 Frank Kaminsky (So): 6 pts/g, 4 reb/g
F: 6'7 220 Sam Dekker
(Fr): 8 pts/G, 1 reb/g, 2 A/g
F: 6'6 210 Zach Bohannon (Jr): 5 pts/G, 5 reb/g
G:6'2 213 Traevon Jackson (So): 4 pts/G
G:6'2 195 Zak Showalter (Fr): 5 pts/g, 3 reb/g, 2 A/g
This game could come down to rebounding. In Wisky's last game, the Badgers had 19 offensive rebounds & 30 defensive rebounds. Wisconsin's best rebounders
are the following:
6'1 G Brust: 11 reb/G
6'6 SF: Evans: 9 reb/G
6'10 C: Berggren: 8 reb/G & probably Bruessetwitz
Florida's guards will have to do a good job of staying with their man & boxing out for the rebounds - Boynton will have his hands full against Brust in limiting Wisconsin's ability to get offensive rebounds. In the front court, it should be an even battle between Yuguete-Evans, Murphy (hopefully)- Bruesswitz/Kaminsky, and Young-Berggren. If Florida can stay about even in the rebounding department than Florida should win this game. Wisonsin has more depth than Florida in the frontcourt; so the Gators need to stay away from any foul trouble here.
The Badgers are also a pretty good three-point shooting team. Their top shooters
are the following:
G: Ben Brust: 2/2 (100%)
PF: Bruesewitz: 2/2
SF: Sam Decker: 2/3 <-- Wisky's freshman sensation
Both of Wisky's centers step out to take these perimeter shots as well as their PG Marshall. Interestingly, their starting SF, Evans, rarely takes three-pointers (10/38; 26% last season) so it should be a push with Yuguete likely defending here.
Perhaps UF's Michael Frazier (at SF) will go up against Wisky's talented frosh Dekkar during substitutions. After a great shooting night in the exhibition game, Frazier seems to be struggling from long range (0-6, 0%) as well as the other freshmen. Ogbueze did the best from 3-pt range (1/3; 33%). For the season so far, Florida's best 3-pt shooters have been Kenny Boynton (4/4, 100%) & Erik Murphy (3/6, 50%). Rosario (0-2) & all of the freshmen need to improve in this area. Since the game is at home; hopefully, this may be an advantage for everyone to improve their games!