Daily Bread for 3.20.22: Wisconsin vs. Iowa State
Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 59. Sunrise is 6:56 AM and sunset 7:07 PM for 12h 11m 41s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 94% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: “I came out of Bataan and I shall return.”
The NCAA Division I tournaments — men’s and women’s — are one of the simple pleasures of Spring. Wisconsin has solid programs at the Division I and Division III levels, but Division I March Madness is among Amertica’s most notable athletic events (and that says a lot, as we are an athletically competitive people). Today, it’s Jeff Potrykus reports Wisconsin vs. Iowa State. Wisconsin vs. Iowa State matchups and what to watch in the Badgers basketball team’s second-round NCAA Tournament game:
Four things to watch
Can Iowa State slow Johnny Davis? UW’s sophomore All-American was fabulous in the second half of the Badgers’ 67-60 victory over Colgate on Friday when he scored his team’s final 14 points and 17 of his game-high 25 points. Look for Iowa State to do what other teams have done in recent weeks. They’ll like hedge hard on ball screens, sag into driving lanes and try to bait Davis into tough two-point jumpers.
Tyrese Hunter vs. Chucky Hepburn: This should be an intriguing matchup of first-year point guards. Hunter, a graduate of Racine St. Catherine’s High School, was the Big 12 freshman of the year. Hepburn was named to the Big Ten’s all-freshman team. Hunter wasn’t the Cyclones’ primary scorer during the regular season but he was in the first round against LSU when he hit 7 of 11 three-pointers and finished with 23 points. He appeared to be energized by playing close to home and having family and friends in the stands. Hepburn will have to be focused defensively.
UW must protect the ball: Iowa State lives to take the ball away from its opponents. The Cyclones scored 22 points off 19 LSU turnovers and are forcing an average of 16.7 turnovers per game. UW had 15 assists and only five turnovers in the victory over Colgate. The Badgers have turned the ball over fewer than 10 times in each of the last five games and lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game (8.4). Can the Badgers’ ball-handlers deal with Iowa State’s pressure and effectively run the offense?
Will Iowa State attack the rim or bomb away? Iowa State finished with 56 field-goal attempts against LSU. Of that total, 37 were three-pointers. That is a whopping 66% of the team’s shots. The Cyclones entered the game with 669 three-point attempts out of 1,787 overall field-goal attempts, or just 37.4% of their shots. It will be interesting to see if the Iowa State coaches believe they can attack UW off the dribble or will need another three-point barrage to advance.
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