UPDATE: Friday, 8:56 a.m.: The game has been slotted for primetime on Saturday, 25 minutes after the end of Michigan vs. Texas, which tips off at 4:15 p.m. CT. Here's Saturday's full TV schedule.
MILWAUKEE -- To identify a sizable gap in styles of play, look no further than Wisconsin's first NCAA Tournament foe and its second.
American ran the ‘Princeton' offense -- full of back-cuts and off-the-ball movement -- and checks in ranked No. 342 in the nation in adjusted tempo at 61.4 possessions per game, according to KenPom.com. Oregon is more willing to get up and down the court, averaging 68.7 per game, which ranks No. 64 in the country and is well above the NCAA average of 66.4. Wisconsin averages 64.3.
Both the Badgers (No. 5) and Ducks (No. 12) rank in the upper echelons of Ken Pomoroy's adjusted offensive efficiency stat.
|KENPOM STATS||OFFENSE (RANK)||DEFENSE (RANK)||D-1 AVG.|
|Adj. Efficiency||116.8 (12)||100.3 (82)||104.3|
|Adj. Tempo||68.7 (64)||66.4|
|Avg. Poss. Length||16.3 (30)||18.0 (191)||18.0|
|Effective FG%||53.4 (32)||48.9 (128)||49.5|
|Turnover%||16.2 (49)||19.1 (123)||18.3|
|Off. Reb.%||32.8 (126)||31.7 (191)||31.5|
|FTA/FGA||43.7 (84)||48.0 (302)||40.6|
|3P%||38.6 (29)||32.1 (64)||34.4|
|2P%||51.1 (68)||49.2 (195)||48.5|
|FT%||76.9 (7)||71.1 (247)||69.8|
|Block%||9.7 (175)||8.9 (207)||9.7|
|Steal%||7.0 (15)||10.9 (34)||9.0|
The Ducks flashed plenty of offensive capability Thursday afternoon in their 87-68 win over Brigham Young at the Bradley Center. They hit just 2-of-13 three-point attempts but made a living around the basket, hitting 25-of-41 (61 percent) inside the arc and 31-of-38 free throws.
Generally, the Ducks shoot the three well -- 38.6 percent on the year is good for the No. 29 mark in the country -- but they are not overly reliant on it. While the numbers from Thursday are a little extreme, the general style of play -- an emphasis on dribble penetration and attacking the rim -- is what UW will see Saturday.
The team's leading scorer entering play, Joseph Young, contributed 19 points. Oregon got a game-high 23 points from reserve forward Elgin Cook, a Milwaukee native. Cook averaged 6.3 points per game in 16.1 minutes per game for the year entering Thursday.
"Anytime you have a homecoming like that, playing in front of your friends and your family, you're going to be inspired," Oregon senior guard Jonathan Lloyd said.
Cook makes one member of Oregon's team playing in a familiar city, but with the Badgers just 70 miles from Madison, Saturday will be essentially another home game for Wisconsin.
"If we come in as a family and a whole team, we should be good," Young said.
After Wisconsin's win, head coach Bo Ryan said he had assistant coaches assigned to each team and that he will have seen this afternoon's game, along with a couple of others from Oregon, by this evening. Ryan has a bit of a head start on Ducks head man Dana Altman, though the third-year coach was asked for a scouting report on the Badgers in his post-game press conference.
"We know they're a very good basketball team," he said. "We're going to have a hard time matching up with the big fella inside. We're going to have to play really well."
Ducks senior center Waverly Austin checks in at 6'11, but after that, senior forward Mike Moser (6'8) and a few others listed as the same height are the tallest Oregon has to throw at the UW front line.
Aside from the matchup between Austin and UW center Frank Kaminsky down low, look for UW redshirt junior guard Josh Gasser to draw the assignment of defending Young. Dekker will likely start on Moser.
Moser transferred to Oregon after playing a year at UCLA and then two at UNLV. He played 27 minutes against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center Dec. 10, 2011, for the Rebels and finished with four points (2-of-7 shooting) and 11 rebounds.
Wisconsin has not played a Pac-12 opponent this year. Oregon beat Illinois 74-61 in Eugene, Ore., Dec. 14. UW last played a Pac-12 team Dec. 4, 2012, when it beat Cal 81-56 at the Kohl Center.