Head Coach: Greg Gard
Location: Madison, WI
Conference: B1G 10
Last time out: Beat Ohio St
Typical Rotation Depth: 7-8 players
Line: Wisconsin by -8
Tempo: Ssssllloowwww down
Offensive Style: "Wisconsin Swing"
Defense Style: "More aggressive in the passing lanes, less aggressive on the defensive boards than a Bo Ryan defense
Fun Fact : You must pay your taxes and you're not immortal even though Bo Ryan is no longer the coach
Player to watch: Ethan Happ
The 6'9" Redshirt freshman is THE constant post threat the Huskers need to worry about as over 85% of his looks are coming in the paint where he's scoring in double digits to go with 8+ rebounds a game.
Miles Pregame Presser
Watson Pregame Presser
You can tell from Miles' presser that the overall game plan and rotation won't change drastically against Wisconsin with Jack McVeigh slotting in for Shavon and Nick Fuller the next forward off the bench. Against a Wisconsin team that rolls a lot of game with three 6'8"+ players and guards that post you up, rolling with a smaller lineup doesn't seem like a great idea.
Things have changed a bit under long-time Bo Ryan assistant Greg Gard. Besides bringing back the swing offense, Gard has this Badger squad a lot more aggressive on defense, giving up defensive rebounds in the pursuit of steals. Heck, the Badgers lead the league in steal % and turnover % which is remarkable given they been among the lowest for over a decade. This team also isn't shooting a ton of 3s though that's probably more of a talent than style issue as the Badgers are shooting under 35% for the year.
The biggest problem tonight for Nebraska, besides replace on the B1G leading scores/heart of their team, is that Wisconsin draws a ton of contact. Nebraska will foul the heck out of teams that don't make it to the line so it's not out of the realm of possibilities we could see 40+ attempts from the Badgers tonight. A hot shooting night could keep Nebraska in this game but I don't know how a team that has been hacking people for the entire Tim Miles era is going to just stop tonight on the road.
Prediction: Wisconsin 76 - Nebraska 65