December 2, 2009

Breakdown: UW vs. Duke

For the first time ever, the Duke Blue Devils will square off against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center. After the Badgers travelled to Duke two seasons ago and got blown out, UW is looking to extract a little revenge at home as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Before today's tip off, analyzes the potential match-up's between Wisconsin and Duke to provide a closer look at one of the final match-ups of the yearly event.

Quick notes:

-- Tonight's game will be only the second time ever that UW and Duke have played on the hardwood. Duke dismantled the Badgers in 2007 with a 82-58 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

-- UW is 4-6 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, tied for the second-best mark among Big Ten teams. UW is 3-1 at home during the Challenge. Duke, on the other hand, has never lost during the event.

-- Wisconsin has won three consecutive games against ACC opponents, winning at Virginia Tech a year ago, beating Florida State in the NCAA tournament and upending Maryland last week in the Maui Invitational. Should UW beat Duke, it would be the first time ever that Wisconsin has won four-straight against ACC opponents.

Duke vs. Wisconsin
Duke Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Jon Scheyer vs. Trevon Hughes, PG Hughes has had flashes of greatness throughout his career and he will need to be exactly that tonight against Duke. On the other side, if Scheyer, who has an 8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, continues to take care of the ball, he will likely be a very tough match-up for Hughes. Advantage: Duke
Nolan Smith vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Smith is the team's leading scorer with 18.5 points per game. He is a quick guard that is able to both penetrate and shoot. Bohannon, on the other hand, is more of a spot up shooter and struggles to create for himself. Bohannon has shown in games past that he is an improving defender, but Smith might just be too tough for Bohannon to handle. Advantage: Duke
Kyle Singler vs. Tim Jarmusz SF Singler is one of the more dynamic players in the country for a reason. He has a complete game that will continually test Jarmusz and likely Ryan Evans. If Jarmusz is able to slow him down, it would help UW's chances for victory greatly. Although, chances of that are not that high. Advantage: Duke
Lance Thomas vs. Jon Leuer, PF Since UW last played Duke, Leuer has added noticeable muscle and has become a great player. In that game as a true freshman, Leuer put up 12 points. This time around, as the go-to guy on the offense, he may just put up even more against an undersized Thomas. Advantage: Wisconsin
Miles Plumlee vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Plumlee is just another athletic frontcourt player for Coach K. His only downside, however, is his youth. And for the first time, he will be playing in a hostile road environment as a collegiate athlete. Meanwhile, after his play in Maui where Nankivil showed great power and athleticism, confidence should be high. Advantage: Wisconsin
Brian Zoubek (pictured), Andre Dawkins, , [db]Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee vs. Jordan Taylor (pictured), Rob Wilson, Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench Duke brings a lot of size off the bench when substituting and that could pose problems for the Badgers. If UW wants to limit that size damage, it should focus on getting the Blue Devils into early foul trouble so they aren't able to play free. Other contributors for Wisconsin like Mike Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans will also need to bring plenty of desire to the floor, particularly on the boards. Advantage: Push
Mike Krzyzewski vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach It's hard to pick against Bo Ryan when his team is playing at home because he has simply been incredible inside the Kohl Center during his tenure. But Coach K. has continually brought his teams into hostile environments only to leave victorious (i.e. at Purdue last year). Though Ryan has been stellar at home, Coach K. seems to have his players play at an even higher level when the cards are stacked against them. Advantage: Duke


Wednesday, December, 2 at 8:15 p.m. CT


Madison, Wis.


Kohl Center (17,230)


ESPN (Brent Musberger, Bob Knight and Holly Rowe)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Duke leads 1-0


Wisconsin: USA Today: NA, Assoc. Press: NA

Duke: USA Today: 7, Assoc. Press: 7

Last Meeting

Duke won last meeting, 82-58, in 2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Cameron Indoor Stadium

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