Three Things To Watch: No.22 Wisconsin vs Rutgers

Three Things To Watch: No.22 Wisconsin vs Rutgers

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Three Things To Watch: No.22 Wisconsin vs Rutgers

MID-RANGE: CAN WISCONSIN WIN THE REBOUNDING BATTLE?

Wisconsin lost the rebounding battle in both games last week, including a 38-32 deficit to Iowa, and will now face a Rutgers team that’s averaging 41.1 rebounds per game. In particular, Rutgers has been able to consistently collect its missed shots and are averaging 13.1 offensive rebounds per game, including grabbing 15 offensive rebounds against the Spartans Friday. Rutgers is led by Myles Johnson’s 19 offensive rebounds, who has the narrow edge over Eugene Omoruyi’s and Shaquille Doorson’s 17 offensive boards.

The Badgers have allowed 11 offensive rebounds in each of the last two games and an average of 15 second-chance points. With Rutgers’ size, UW needs to be better on the glass. Along the same lines, Rutgers is allowing an average of 11.7 offensive rebounds per game, which is about what Wisconsin is averaging this season. Wisconsin over the last three games has only registered 13 points off of its second chances, totaling 17 offensive rebounds over that span. If Wisconsin can give itself second chances on offense consistently, the Badgers have the talent level to grind down Rutgers.

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