Three Things To Watch: No.16 Wisconsin vs. Savannah State

Three Things To Watch: No.16 Wisconsin vs. Savannah State

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Three Things To Watch: No.16 Wisconsin vs. Savannah State

It has been a tough start to the year for Savannah State, who will be making its third trip to Madison in the last seven years. Playing seven of its 11 games away from home, the Tigers sit at 3-8 following a 67-point loss at South Dakota State Tuesday night.

Having lost all seven of their road games, the Tigers have lost their last four games by an average of 41.2 points. Still fuming from their overtime road loss to Marquette Saturday, the Badgers will be anxious to get back on the court and take some frustrations out.

In this Badgers Insider feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin as they prepare to play Savannah State.

FREE THROW: Keeping Savannah State off the Offensive Glass

In three of Wisconsin’s last four games, the Badgers have allowed their opponent to register at least 11 offensive rebounds (Rutgers the lone exception after having six offensive boards). Allowing 10.5 offensive rebounds over their last four games, which has resulted in 12.7 second-chance points, the Badgers will have a challenge of keeping Savannah State off the glass considering the Tigers average an impressive 15.6 offensive rebounds per game.

Needing to do a better job of boxing out against the Tigers, Wisconsin will need to be cognizant of Jaquan Dotson (22 offensive rebounds), Romani Hansen (22), and Zach Sellers (19), as the trio has combined for 63 of Savannah State’s 172 offensive rebounds this year. Outside of those three players, the Tigers have another three players who have registered at least 12 offensive rebounds.

Wisconsin is allowing 9.8 offensive rebounds and 10 second chance points per game on the year. In order for the Badgers to create the necessary separation, UW needs to be much better protecting the glass.

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