Badgers Basketball Ends Week Against Savannah State Tonight
After surviving a scare from Milwaukee on Tuesday the Badgers (9-2) close out the week with a game against MEAC foe Savannah State (4-7). Following the game the Badgers have a mini break of 8 days before their next game.
The Badgers and Tigers have only met one time before, a 79-32 victory by Wisconsin. Overall Wisconsin is 11-0 all-time versus teams from the MEAC, winning by an average of 25 points a game.
MEAC teams aren't exactly the toughest test out there and that's pretty much the case with the Tigers, who are rated 238th by RealTimeRPI.com and 240th in the KenPom rankings (a much more accurate measure if you ask me). Wisconsin is rated 11th in the latest RealTimeRPI.com rankings and 1st according to KenPom.
Savannah State has been bouncing between using a 2 or 3 guard lineup, with guard Deric Rudolph starting 5 games, whil Jyles Smith has started 6 games. The player to really watch out for is forward Rashad Hasan, he's averaging 13ppg and 4.6rpg. Rudolph is 2nd in points, averaging 9.1 points a game, while also averaging the most minutes a game at 27.6. Additionally this isn't the deepest team ever as they only go 7 deep, with 6 of those 7 averaging over 20 minutes a game.
That's were the good news ends if you are a Tigers fan and the good news begins for the Badgers. Savannah State is a sloppy team averaging 15.8 turnovers a game. They are allowing teams to shoot at a 48% rate from the field and that's translated into allowing -3.5 scoring margin, scoring 61.3 points a game while allowing 64.8 points a game.
Frankly this is one of those "pad the record" games and I fully expect Wisconsin to win this one going away. The only way it doesn't happen is Wisconsin is cold from behind the arc. It's also been a case of how Ryan Evans goes, so go the Badgers. He's 5th in the Big Ten in rebounds (6.8 per game), and 5th in blocks (1.5 per game) and also has continued to be a pleasant surprise on the offensive end of the court, scoring a career high 16 points a game against Milwaukee.
The game can be seen at 7pm CT on BTN. Look for the Badgers to cruise in this one, winning 78- 45. Got your own prediction for the game? Leave it in the comments and let's see who's right!