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Scouting Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a squad built on control. The Badgers are not interested in turning games into track meets. They do not operate with any sort of run-and-gun mentality. Rather, Wisconsin prefers to slow the game to a grinding halt and tries to ensure that each possession is productive in some manner.

The Badgers are led by ninth-year coach Bo Ryan, who has taken Wisconsin to the NCAA tournament in each of his seasons at the helm. His style, while far from aesthetically pleasing, has proven effective. Wisconsin is 3-1 after falling to Gonzaga, 74-61, on Tuesday. With a formidable front court and capable outside shooters, the Badgers will offer Maryland the second balanced lineup it has faced in as many days.

Senior guard Trevon Hughes (6 feet, 195 pounds) serves as Wisconsin's motor. A scoring-minded point guard, Hughes typically runs the offense efficiently. But on Tuesday against Gonzaga, Hughes got into foul trouble, which limited his playing time and Wisconsin's offensive potency.

Hughes and fellow senior guard Jason Bohannon (6-2, 195 pounds) are the Badgers' long-range shooting threats. Though he shot just 1 of 7 from beyond the arc Tuesday, Bohannon entered the season ranked No. 10 in program history in three-point field goals made.

Swingman Tim Jarmusz (6-6, 208 pounds) doesn't make a whole lot of mental mistakes and is a decent long-range shooter, but he's not one to take many risks and can get lost in Wisconsin's offense at times. His size helps the Badgers frequently attain a collective dominance on the boards.

Junior forwards Jop Leuer (6-10, 230 pounds) and Keaton Nankivil (6-8, 245 pounds) lead Wisconsin's front-court efforts. When those two rebound well, Wisconsin stands a pretty good chance of winning. When they falter on the boards -- as they did Tuesday against Gonzaga -- the Badgers are not able to establish the measure of control they would prefer.

Wisconsin's top reserve is sophomore guard Jordan Taylor (6-1, 195 pounds), who tallied a team-high 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting against Gonzaga. Taylor rarely turns over the ball and, in fact, led the Badgers in assist-to-turnover ratio last season.

Completing Wisconsin's eight-man rotation are redshirt freshman swingman Ryan Evans (6-6, 210 pounds) and freshman forward Mike Bruesewitz (6-6, 220 pounds).

By Steve Yanda  |  November 25, 2009; 10:08 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Yeah Bucky! This tournament was pretty good for Wisconsin. Victories over MD and AZ will look good come selection time.

Posted by: Bucky_Badger | November 25, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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