CHICAGO-- No. 22 Wisconsin (21-10, 12-6) and No. 6 Michigan (26-6, 12-6) meet in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday.
Burke scored 19 points against Wisconsin in their only meeting during the regular season.
2 Players to Watch
Michigan Sophomore Guard Trey Burke
In the first meeting this season between Michigan and Wisconsin, Burke torched the Badgers in the second half, and finished with a game-high 19 points.
Wisconsin Senior Forward Ryan Evans
Last season, Evans began to play the best basketball of his career in the Big Ten Tournament. Evans averaged 15 points per game in two games during the 2012 tournament, before finishing the season with a strong performance in the NCAA tournament.
4 Keys to the Game
1. Keep Burke in check
Michigan Sophomore Guard Try Burke is averaging a career best in points (19.2), assists (6.72), fi eld goal percentage (48.5), three-point percentage (40.3), free throw percentage (79.0 and steals (1.59).
Tim Hardaway Jr.
2. Take away the threats
Four players do most of the damage offensively for the Wolverines. Trey Burke (19.2), Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.8), Nik Stauskas (11.7) and Glenn Robinson III (10.8) have made for 74.6 percent of Michigan's offensive production. The Badgers must make other players step up.
3. Grind it out
When Michigan scores 70 or more points, the Wolverines are 72-7 overall and
31-4 in Big Ten play under John Beilein.
4. Experience must come into play
Michigan may have more talent, but Wisconsin owns a big edge in experience. Michigan ranks as one of the youngest teams in the nation based upon the experience of the players on the court, averaging 0.8 years of experience, according to KenPom.com. This ranks U-M as the eighth youngest team in the country.
7 Notable Stats
- Wisconsin owns a 15-13 (.536) overall record in Big Ten Tournament, winning championships in 2004 and 2008 and advancing to the finals in 2005 and 2007.
- The Badgers are a No. 4 seed for the sixth time in tournament history and the 4th time in the last 5 years. Wisconsin is just 2-5 as a No. 4 seed.
- Bo Ryan’s teams are 11-9 in the Big Ten Tournament.
- Just five players on Wisconsin's active roster have played in a Big Ten Tournament game, combining for 15 total games of experience and 6 combined starts.
- Friday will mark the 156th meeting between Wisconsin and Michigan with the Wolverines owning an 87-68 advantage all-time in the series.
- Wisconsin has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Michigan.
- Bo Ryan owns a 16-5 record against Michigan overall, which includes a mark of 10-1 vs. Michigan head coach John Beilein.
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