Game 29: Wisconsin at Michigan Preview

Who: Wisconsin (20-6) at Michigan (17-11) Wisconsin_Logo[1]
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
When: Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:30 PM ET
Radio: MGoBlue / WWWW 102.9 FM 
More: Beilein Video, Hardaway & Morgan Video, Opp. Q&A, Pick to Click

We’ve discussed the importance of this game ad nauseam, and all of the talk about “statement wins” or Michigan’s tournament resume becomes a bit stale without actual wins. We’ll save all the bubble talk for another day and try to figure out what exactly Michigan needs to do to win this game. If you follow this blog, you probably have a good understand of Wisconsin and the slow-paced uber-efficient style of basketball that they play.

The Badgers don’t just have the most efficient offense in the Big Ten; they have the best offense in the country. Wisconsin is scoring 1.19 points per possession in conference play and also plays the game at a slower pace, 58 possessions, than any other Division I team. The Badgers are a good, not great, shooting team with an eFG% of 52.1% – 49% on twos and 38% on threes – and rank seventh in the league in terms of getting to the free throw line and offensive rebounding. So what makes Wisconsin so good? They don’t turn the ball over. Wisconsin has turned the ball over on just 12.3% of their possessions in Big Ten play this season. They also make a Division I best 83% of their free throws. Wisconsin won’t beat itself, that much is certain.

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Video: Glenn Robinson III Discusses Win Over Hammond Morton

Joe Eberhardt is an Indiana high school basketball blogger whose thoughts can be found on Twitter (@IndyHSHoops) or on his website,

Saint John, Indiana — Led by 29 points from junior forward Glenn Robinson III, Lake Central defeated Hammond Morton 71-48 Tuesday night. The 6-foot-5 Michigan commitment was hot all night, scoring 14 points in the first quarter to help Lake Central jump out to an early 20-14 lead, from which they never looked back. After the game I caught up with Robinson for a brief interview. Some of the topics addressed include his high school season, Michigan’s season, and much more. We’ll also have a full scouting report and video highlights posted shortly.

Pick to Click: Wisconsin at Michigan

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Please remember to use the same name and e-mail address that you have used for previous games or your selection will not be counted toward your overall tally. You are welcome to join in at anytime but you might have some catching up to do if you missed earlier games. We’ll do our best to get a standings update posted after this game.

Video: John Beilein Previews Wisconsin

Here’s John Beilein on what his team needs to do to beat the Badgers tomorrow. The video is split up into two parts today. The second part begins with him talking about Evan Smotrycz. As usual, notes and quotes are after the jump. Make sure to check out the interviews with Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. below as well.
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Video: Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. Talk Wisconsin

Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. were available today to discuss where the team stands, what they’ve learned since playing Wisconsin the first time, and what it will take to frustrate the methodical Badgers.

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