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Three in the key: Indiana

Mar 09, 2012 -- 11:57am

By TOM LEA
tlea@espnwisconsin.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are three quick keys to Wisconsin’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal meeting against Indiana.

1.) Make shots

Simple enough, right? Well, Wisconsin has averaged just 30.7 percent from the field and 25.2 percent beyond the arc. Now you know why they’ve lost three straight games, dating back to the 2009 tournament. It’s so blatantly obvious, but it’s true. If Wisconsin hits a respectable percentage of shots it will stand a very good chance to beat 5th-seeded Indiana.

2.) Fatigue/rust factor

Wisconsin hasn’t played a game since it beat Illinois Sunday afternoon inside the Kohl Center. Indiana just played a game approximately 24 hours ago. Will UW come out rusty? Will Indiana come out flat and tired? We shall see. We don know the bye hasn’t helped Wisconsin in each of the past three seasons.

3.) Taylor motivated

Jordan Taylor knows this is his final chance to make a mark on the Big Ten tournament. Talking to him earlier this week made it seems as though both he and his teammates are fully prepared to make a run at this thing. Josh Gasser made it clear he wanted to win the tournament specifically for the seniors. A motivated Taylor and a motivated Wisconsin squad is a good thing.
 

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