Three Things To Watch For Wisconsin In the Battle 4 Atlantis

Three Things To Watch For Wisconsin In the Battle 4 Atlantis

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Three Things To Watch For Wisconsin In the Battle 4 Atlantis

Taking care of business against Houston Baptist Saturday night and improving its record to 3-0, Wisconsin travels to the Bahamas to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, an event they won on its last trip to the island in 2014.

Freshly ranked No.25 in the AP poll, Wisconsin has a chance to validate that ranking against a tough field, opening against Stanford Thursday and playing either Oklahoma or Florida on Friday. Depending on how the first two days go, the Badgers could face Butler, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, or No.4 Virginia on the final day. UW is familiar with a bunch of these teams, having played Oklahoma, Florida and Virginia within the last three years.

In this Badgers Insider feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin as they prepare to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

LAYUP: WISCONSIN’S ABILITY TO PROTECT THE BALL

Wisconsin had a season-high 10 turnovers against Houston Baptist, jumping its season average to 7.3 per game. If the Badgers can’t clean up their offensive mistakes, it could be a long three days for the program starting with Wednesday afternoon against Stanford.

The Cardinal are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per game, including forcing 12 in a road loss at North Carolina, and are forcing an average of five steals per game. It’s not just Stanford’s defense who has been able to create extra offensive possessions, both Florida (18 turnovers per game) and Oklahoma (14.6 per game) have been strong on that end through the early part of the season.

If Wisconsin can’t protect the ball at a high rate, UW’s offense – which is averaging 86 points per game and shooting 50.3 percent – will struggle to find its rhythm. It is important that Wisconsin plays at its own pace and doesn’t allow its opponent to speed them up, leading to a turnover that could be avoided.

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