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BADGER HATE WEEK: A Brief By-The-Numbers Look At Wisconsin

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The old cliche is that you can throw the records out when two rivals clash. But you can't throw out statistical trends.

The only thing better than Bo's Grinch-tastic facial expression in this picture is the Golden Eagle photobomb.
The only thing better than Bo's Grinch-tastic facial expression in this picture is the Golden Eagle photobomb.
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15.9%

Wisconsin doesn't force turnovers. That's the percent of their defensive possessions that end in a turnover up there, which has them ranked #293 in the country. While they are strong on the defensive end with a KenPom.com adjusted defensive efficiency of 92.1 (essentially 92.1 points per 100 possessions), they do it through any other means than taking the ball away from you. Marquette has been a little on the sloppy side with the ball this season (17.6% TO%), so facing a defense that forces turnovers at a slower rate than Marquette has been turning it over will be more than welcome.

28.1%

Wisconsin also doesn't grab offensive rebounds, getting to less than 30% of their misses. Relative to the rest of the country, they're a better offensive rebounding team than they are at getting steals, ranking #270. They're got big ol' 6'11" Frank Kaminsky wandering around out there, not to mention 6'7" Sam Dekker, but nope, not a lot of second chance tries here. Is this because of all the three pointers they're shooting, because the misses bounce long off the rim and over the tall guys nearest the rim? Certainly seems like it, doesn't it?

26.1%

The Badgers don't foul. This is not surprising. At Big Ten Media Day, Bo Ryan said that he would be doing his players a disservice by not teaching them how to play defense according to the rules of how the NCAA wants this season refereed. As such, Wisconsin opponents have the seventh lowest free throw attempt to field goal attempt ratio in the country. Just 26.1% as many FTAs as FGAs. Given the few chances that Marquette will presumably get in this game, a repeat of the San Diego State game from the charity stripe will be incredibly painful.