When Bo Ryan and his Wisconsin Badgers (14-0, 1-0) take the floor against the Iowa Hawkeyes (12-2, 1-0) Sunday, the temperature outside the Kohl Center is going to be well below zero with a nasty, bitterly cold wind chill. For the Badgers however, they are looking to keep the hot streak going on what is a remarkable start to the season.
It won’t be easy-going facing the Hawkeyes though.
This Iowa team ranks 6th in the nation in points per game (87.1), 3rd in rebounds (45.6) and 8th in assists (17.8). Leading the way for the Hawkeyes is senior guard Roy Devyn Marble, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and 3.4 assists per game. Marble is playing some of his best basketball every this season and has really helped take the Hawkeyes where they are today.
Another big reason for Iowa’s success so far this season is the play of junior Aaron White and sophomore Jarrod Uthoff. White is second on the team for points and rebounds per game, 13.2 and 6.3 respectively. Uthoff is the team’s leading rebounded averaging 6.5 per game and third in scoring averaging just a tick under 11 ppg.
The Hawkeye’s defense is not too shabby as well, giving up just under 65 points per game. For the Badgers to come away with a win on Sunday they must be able to score on this defense.
Wisconsin is led by sophomore superstar Sam Dekker, who leads the team in points per game (14.5) and rebounds per game (6.4). Dekker must have another good game for Wisconsin to keep the good times rolling. Wisconsin’s defense must also show up on Sunday and contain the three top players for Iowa.
Frank Kaminsky is also another key player for Wisconsin. Second in the team in scoring and rebounding, Kaminsky has had a breakout season and has to keep playing at high level not just in this game, but as the Big Ten schedule rolls on.
Fans will be treated to an early season conference showdown as the Badgers and Hawkeyes should be your typical Big Ten slugfest. And for all those people watching the Green Bay Packers game worried about missing part of the Badgers game. Fear not. They moved the start time of the basketball game back, so you can now catch the game at 7:00 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network and as always on the Badger Sports Radio Network.
Stay warm my friends and always, ON WISCONSIN!