Wisconsin went 1-1 against the Terps last season and this will be the second game against Maryland this season over an 18-day period. No matter what happens when the Badgers play Maryland on Jan. 14, the coaching staff and players will have adjustments to make for this game.
In their regular season meeting last year, Happ dropped 18 points and added nine rebounds and Nate Reuvers pitched in 13 points of his own. One downfall for Wisconsin against Maryland last year was the lack of bench points as the reserves mustered only four points combined in the two games. Opposing teams have historically struggled in Madison and because of that Wisconsin wins.
Oh boy, a trip to ‘The Barn’ and a showdown with an arch rival. The good news for the Badgers is that their roster on paper is a lot deeper than Minnesota’s. If Happ is able to stay out of foul trouble I really don’t think the Gophers will be able to contain him (obviously the same can be said for most teams in the country) Pritzl had an outstanding performance last year knocking down shots from the perimeter. The backcourt depth for Wisconsin will be key though in this matchup. If the Badgers can take care of the basketball and limit turnovers on the road, Wisconsin wins.