Three-Point Shot: Indiana

Nigel Hayes (Siker/14)

Before No.4 Wisconsin travels to Assembly hall to take on Indiana Tuesday evening, Badger Nation looks at the three burning questions we're looking to have answered.

After taking care of business against Illinois, posting their largest win over a ranked team in school history, Wisconsin will take its show on the road when they travel to Bloomington to play Indiana. The Hoosiers have received balance scoring, so Wisconsin will have to be ready to defend.

In order for Wisconsin to pick up the road win, the Badgers will have to come out strong and avoid any slow starts that Wisconsin has seen at times this year.

In this Badger Nation feature, we will look at the three keys or questions for Wisconsin to have success against Indiana.

Lay up: Can the Badgers force Yogi Ferrell into mistakes?

Despite Ferrell averaging 17.7 points and four assists per game, Ferrell is averaging three turnovers a game. Josh Gasser will draw the assignment of defending Ferrell and should force him into mistakes. Even if Gasser can't force a bevy of mistakes, it will be key for Gasser to make Ferrell work for shots.

Gasser has proven that he can force players to work and will have a tough challenge in trying to force Ferrell into bad shots. Ferrell has been shooting the basketball efficiently on the year (45 percent from the field). Gasser has done a great job of staying disciplined on defense and he's going to have to make sure he doesn't let Ferrell get to the free throw line.

Mid-range jumper: How will Nigel Hayes fair against Indiana big men?

Hayes has been averaging 12.6 points a game since the start of Big Ten play but will have a stiff test when he tries to go up against freshman Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey. Both Vonleh and Sheehey are solid defensive players who will test Hayes' ability to look for his shot and be aggressive.

If Vonleh and Sheehey can slow down Hayes, it will be interesting to see how he responds. Hayes has been key to Wisconsin's low-post success since Big Ten play started and has provided a scoring threat when he's been out on the court. If he is struggling on offense, he'll have to help get his teammates some open looks.

3-point shot: Can Wisconsin win the rebounding battle?

Having struggled on the boards this season against teams with bigger presence in the paint, Wisconsin has lost the rebounding battle the last two games against Illinois and Iowa. Indiana ranks fifth in the NCAA in rebounds, averaging 44.5 a game, and is first in the conference in rebounding margin (+12.8) and offensive rebounds per game (14.7).

The Badgers need to do a better job of boxing out and being aggressive down low. Frank Kaminsky will have the size and experience over Vonleh when he's in the game; something UW will need to do in order to control the freshman averaging 9.5 rebounds a game.

Allowing Indiana to win the rebounding battle and win loose-ball battles will pressure Wisconsin, as the Hoosiers are averaging 80.3 points a game. If Wisconsin can limit second-chance opportunities, the Badgers will have a chance to keep the game from becoming a high scoring affair.

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