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Ann Arbor; Wisconsin's Home Away From Home


Home away from home.

Hard to believe, but Wisconsin has lost more games at the Kohl Center this season than they have on the road.

Questions galore still surround the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.

Can they continue their consistency on the defensive end of the court? Can they continue to look to one of their offensive stars for 20 points a game? Can Nigel Hayes handle the increased work load and responsibility down the stretch?

A few of those lingering questions should be answered, Sunday, when 21st ranked Wisconsin (20-5, 7-5) visits Ann Arbor, Mich. for their renewal with the 15th ranked Wolverines (18-6, 10-2).

It’s Wisconsin’s final push before getting a well-deserved week away and then heading on the road to Iowa next weekend.

So far this season, Wisconsin is 5-2 against nationally ranked opponents – the most wins of any team in college basketball. According to ESPN’s RPI index, Wisconsin has played the third toughest schedule in the nation this season.

Michigan adds to that tough schedule and they come in leading the Big Ten conference standings, needing a win against the Badgers to boost their credentials toward the No. 1 seed going into the league tournament.

Offensively, things have been as good as they’ve ever been for Wisconsin. Especially through the Bo Ryan era.

Averaging 73.2 ppg (up 8.2 ppg from last season), Wisconsin ranks 9th in the nation in offensive efficiency with an average of 1.18 points per possession.

A big reason for that has been both the outside shooting of Sam Dekker, Ben Brust and Josh Gasser, but also the play inside of freshman Nigel Hayes who’s come on offensively faster than most people would have assumed.

Brust, who needs just 9 points to become the 38th member of Wisconsin’s 1,000-point club, posted his third, 20-point effort of the season in Wisconsin’s win this past Thursday over Minnesota.

It’s been 20-point man by committee so far for the Badgers as they’ve gotten big scoring nights out of Brust, Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser.

A large part of UW’s success has been their ability to win in tough environments.

Bucky’s been tough away from home so far this year, going 8-2 outside the Kohl Center including a perfect 3-0 in neutral games and 5-2 in true road venues. Only Michigan State has more road wins (6) and total wins away from home (10) inside the Big Ten.

UW’s three game win streak sits as the longest in the Big Ten at the moment. Their fourth in the league standings, chasing Iowa (7-4), Mighigan State (10-2) and the Wolverines.

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