Originally Published: January 14, 2014

Daily Word: Can Indiana shock Wisconsin?

By ESPN.com


Every weekday, Andy Katz leads a panel of our college hoops experts in a discussion of the biggest issues, trends and themes happening in and around college basketball.

1. Indiana's top two scorers are its point guard and a freshman. Who else has to step up for the Hoosiers?

Andy Katz: To knock off Wisconsin, the Hoosiers are going to have be disciplined, patient and opportunistic. Indiana did a great job of withstanding a strong surge from Penn State. The win on the road was a potential turning point for the Hoosiers. Wisconsin has proved to be vulnerable in spots, but no one has been able to knock them out. Indiana will need balance to accomplish the feat.

Myron Medcalf: Will Sheehey, definitely. He's the veteran, the glue guy. He can't be inconsistent the rest of the way.

C.L. Brown: Indiana coach Tom Crean benched Jeremy Hollowell against Penn State and there's no telling if he'll play against Wisconsin. Crean said he needs to build his focus. Hollowell has the talent to play a big role for the Hoosiers. He needs to get it together for IU to be formidable in the Big Ten.

2. Florida will still be without leading scorer Casey Prather on Tuesday. How do the Gators change without him there?

Katz: The Gators were able to handle playing without Prather at Arkansas with Scottie Wilbekin making key plays. Patric Young can be the recipient of the assists by finishing off the passes. Georgia is off to a season-turning SEC start with two wins after a troubling nonconference schedule. But the Gators have proved to be too deep and the guard play too strong to fall prey to a suddenly surging team like Georgia.

Medcalf: He's a versatile 6-foot-6 senior who averages 17.0 points per game. The Gators can handle Georgia without him, but they're not as effective when he's unavailable.

Brown: The Gators have proved to be resilient by making up for missing players in their lineup all season. Sophomore Dorian Finney-Smith has been particularly effective the past two games as a starter and has assumed a larger scoring role with Prather out. For Florida to compete for a national title, it will need Prather in the lineup. In the meantime, the Gators are effective navigating a game at a time without him.

3. Winning in Ames is not easy. Is Kansas starting to figure things out?

Katz: Yes. The Jayhawks were in control for most of the game because this team is maturing into a title contender. Kansas needed the normal process of a young team. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks' development is always skewed because of the talent. The Big 12 still goes through Lawrence, always has during Bill Self's tenure and now it looks as though that will continue.

Medcalf: Yep. And a lot of it has to do with Naadir Tharpe seizing a leadership role in recent games. Plus, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins are beginning to realize their potential.

Brown: The Jayhawks are starting to get consistent play from freshman guard Wayne Selden Jr. He was named Big 12 newcomer of the week Monday and is starting to find his comfort zone, knowing when he needs to score and when he needs to create for others.

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