NCAA Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin Badgers vs Indiana Hoosiers – Possible Lineups and Predictions

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January 7, 2021 11:38 pm

NCAA Men’s Basketball returns with an exciting Big Ten clash as the Wisconsin Badgers face the Indiana Hoosiers tonight. The Badgers have lost just thrice to them in the last decade and have won the last two fixtures. Tonight, they play at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin at 7 pm EST.

The Badgers have had an excellent season so far winning nine games out of 11. This run has included wins over Louisville and Michigan State, and their most recent being a 71-59 win against Minnesota. They were supposed to play Penn State on Sunday but the game got cancelled.

The Hoosiers‘ season has been a mixed bag so far. Their current record is 7-4, and they are yet to beat a ranked team. But they beat Maryland in their last game, a team who the Badgers lost to recently. So that could potentially give them a psychological advantage.

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Can the Badgers prove their superiority?

The Badgers are one of the two teams in the country who rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense, according to KenPom. Their defense has been solid from the start, but they have now improved a lot on offense too. They are currently one of the best teams in three-point shooting and leading from the front is senior guard D’Mitrik Trice.

Dec 9, 2020; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard D’Mitrik Trice (0) dribbles the ball as Rhode Island Rams guard Fatts Russell (1) defends at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Trice will start alongside Brad Davison as the Badgers’ guards while Aleem Ford, Micah Potter, Nate Reuvers will start as their forwards.  Each of the players in their starting five averages double digits in points which is an impressive feat.

The Hoosiers‘ offense has looked dry at times, and they somehow managed a win against the Terrapins despite shooting just 37% from the field. But their defense has been rock solid, and they rank 9th in that category.

Jan 4, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) celebrates after a basket against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Their starting lineup will have Trey Galloway, Armaan Franklin, and Al Durham as their guards. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson will start as their forwards.

The #8 ranked Badgers will be the favorites tonight. They will have to keep Jackson-Davis in check, but otherwise it should be a comfortable win for them. Their offensive efficiency combined with experience their team boasts gives them the edge over the Hoosiers.

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