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GAME THREAD: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines

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Can the Badgers take the momentum from the Iowa game into Ann Arbor?

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

We're just a few minutes from tipoff on ESPN as Wisconsin faces Michigan in Ann Arbor. Here's Kyle's full preview, with the key parts below:

Saturday evening in Ann Arbor, Michigan will host Wisconsin without its do-everything guard Caris LeVert.

LeVert, who led Michigan (12-7, 5-2) in every major statistical category, will miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his left foot last Saturday against Northwestern. Michigan was able to overcome the injury and pull out a 54-50 victory at Rutgers earlier this week, but the Wolverines' lack of offensive firepower was on full display. Michigan shot under 35 percent from the field, including 8-of-26 from behind the arc, as it attempted to replace not only by far the team's best scorer, but also its best distributor.


Wisconsin also had to deal with a player going down with a foot injury in recent weeks after Traevon Jackson was sidelined. The Badgers responded with a pair of dominant home efforts against Iowa and Nebraska, with both wins coming by at least 25 points. Bronson Koenig has replaced Jackson admirably, turning the ball over just once in the two games and contributing to the team's balanced scoring effort with 11 points against Nebraska and 13 against Iowa.

Koenig will need to provide the same against a Michigan team that will likely have to pack the paint to slow down Player of the Year candidate Frank Kaminsky and bash brother Nigel Hayes. Specifically, the Badgers should expect to see a lot of zone, which Michigan coach John Beilein loves to incorporate and will probably lean on more than usual against Wisconsin.