The Badgers have the league's best defense and play inside-out while MI leads the league in offensive efficiency and spreads the floor.
MI comes into Sunday's game having won nine of its last 11 games. Here are the top six post-up offenses (including pass outs) in Division I by volume, per Synergy, with their efficiency measures. Scottie Lindsay, who scored 16 points, was the only Wildcat in double-figures. MI played mostly single coverage in Madison and Happ went 5-of-13 from the floor. Behind Hayes' 12 first-half points, Wisconsin entered the break leading 38-21.
Northwestern ended the half in a 1-for-7 funk shooting from the field.
The first half followed the pattern of the first three quarterfinals - shot-making by both teams, and dominant runs by each. "We did a much better job of rebounding and preventing second-chance points".
After a harrowing beginning to their tournament journey, featuring a plane skidding off the runway before they even took off from MI, the Wolverines faced off against No. 1 Purdue. 64 points on 63 possessions in the first meeting and 64 points on 62 possessions in the second. But if UW draws Iowa, the Hawkeyes will be just eight days removed from stunning the Badgers on their home court.
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But the Wildcats had no answer for the Wisconsin defense. Everybody has really embraced us, embraced this team. It's the first time in coach Thad Matta's career that he hasn't reached 20 victories in a season, including his previous 12 at Ohio State, three at Xavier and one at Butler. We're going to be ready.
The Terps haven't played since last Saturday's last-second win over Michigan State.
Lindsey was the only bright spot for Northwestern, scoring 16 points on 50 percent shooting, continuing has strong play after his recovery from mono. They beat us to all the loose balls. "We don't want to run around like spring chickens or anything like that". Eastern Time at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game will be broadcast live on CBS.
Perhaps there is no exciting storyline for the Badgers, who are headed to their third conference title game in the past five years. They got to wear their actual jerseys for this game as opposed to the practice jerseys they rocked in Thursday's game. Abdur-Rahkman converted back-to-back layups, with the latter coming on a back-door cut and a long bounce pass from Derrick Walton Jr.
Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig didn't play in that second matchup, sitting out with an injury.
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Farrell's final conversion took him to 26 points and ensured a 40-point margin of victory. Behind 20-0 after 25 minutes, it was already getting embarrassing for the Scots.
The Badgers have figured things out in D.C., churning through a pair of victories while scoring 1.19 points per possession.
Wisconsin beat MI at home in January and lost on the road 64-58 on February 16.
While Irvin has excelled against Wisconsin, DJ Wilson has struggled mightily.
Hart, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for the defending national champions.
Sophomore Derek Pardon made 13 points and eight rebounds while junior Bryant McIntosh added 13 points on 6-9 shooting.
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The Illini (18-14, 8-10 Big Ten) were on the NCAA Tournament bubble until they closed with losses to Rutgers and MI . The program has been trending downward under Groce's watch and needed to make a change before the bottom fell out.
"I think we're going to be fine", Collins said. Got to give Northwestern a ton of credit.