Badgers Breakdown: No.12 Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

Badgers Breakdown: No.12 Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

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Badgers Breakdown: No.12 Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

WISCONSIN NOTES

According to KenPom.com, UW owns the 17th-ranked offense (114.1 adjusted efficiency) and the 7th-ranked defense (91.6 adjusted efficiency).

Wisconsin ranks 22nd in the NCAA allowing just 61.0 ppg. The Badgers have allowed just one opponent to crack 70 points this season. (N.C. State 72).

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th nationally shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range. That figure is up from 33.5 percent a year ago. Defensively, UW is allowing opponents to shoot just 28.5 percent from long range.

UW has demonstrated improved depth this season with its bench averaging 18.6 ppg. The Badgers averaged just 10.2 reserve ppg after Jan. 1 last season. The Badgers got 47 points from their bench – 21 vs. Iowa, 26 vs. North Carolina State – in victories last week.

Happ needs just 32 rebounds to become the 14th player in Big Ten history to grab 1,000 rebounds. Happ can become the conference’s first to accomplish this hallowed mark since MSU’s Draymond Green (1,096 from 2009-12).

RUTGERS NOTES

Seventeen of Rutgers’ 30 regular season games (57 percent) are against opponents currently ranked or receiving votes in the polls. The Scarlet Knights have the second-toughest conference schedule per KenPom.com.

Per KenPom.com, Rutgers is among the nation’s youngest teams with 1.18 years of experience to rank 311th nationally out of 353 D-I programs.

Rutgers ranks 19th nationally in scoring defense (59.6), 19th in blocked shots (5.6) and 38th in FG% defense (38.3). RU is among the top five in the Big Ten in seven stat categories, including second in blocked shots (5.6) and third in rebounding (41.1) and scoring defense (59.6).

Against Eastern Michigan, Rutgers allowed four points in the opening half to tie the NCAA Division I record for fewest points allowed in a half during the shot clock era (since 1985-86).

Baker ranks second in the Big Ten in minutes played (33.9), fourth in assists (4.9), 10th in 3-point FG per game (2.6) and 22nd in points (14.6).

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