Daily Word: Can Indiana shock Wisconsin?
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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.
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.
TOP 25 CAPSULES
Tyler Ennis, and his 16 points, came up big down the stretch as the Orange stayed undefeated.
Nik Stauskas' 23 points, including a late 3-pointer, gave Wisconsin its second straight loss.
Gary Harris (23 points) did a little bit of everything to help the Spartans stay undefeated in the Big Ten.
The Shockers jumped out to a big lead and coasted, thanks to Fred VanVleet's 15 points.
The Wildcats were never tested as they coasted to a fifth straight win behind James Bell's 17.
The Cyclones continue to tumble, losing their third consecutive game. Texas was led by Jonathan Holmes' 23.
Joel Embiid put on another show with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in a big win for Kansas.
Xavier Thames and Josh Davis combined for 32 points and 21 rebounds, giving the Aztecs their 15th straight win.
Baylor couldn't get a shot off in the closing seconds, and OU got a big road win.
Freshman Andrew Harrison's 26 points led the Wildcats past a pesky Volunteers team.
Chaz Williams scored 20 second-half points to help the Minutemen hold off the Phoenix.
Memphis got in a workout, essentially, with a very, very easy win. The Tigers had five in double figures.
Russ Smith scored 18 of his 23 in the second half as UL got its best win of the season.
Sean Kilpatrick continued his consistent play with 18 points as the Bearcats won their 10th straight.
Doug McDermott didn't get help from his teammates. He was the only one in double figures.
Josh Scott's 20 points led an efficient Colorado attack; the Buffs shot 50.9 percent.
Something finally came easy for Duke. Jabari Parker scored a game-high 23 as the Blue Devils rolled.
Saint Louis shot just 38.5 percent from the field, but it didn't matter because it was still a rout.
Games To Watch
The last time Indiana had a highly ranked team visit Assembly Hall, Michigan State embarrassed the Hoosiers. Can they achieve a different outcome against undefeated Wisconsin and knock the Badgers off the Big Ten's mountaintop?
Florida found a way to beat Arkansas in overtime without leading scorer Casey Prather. The Gators will have to do without him again against the Bulldogs after coach Billy Donovan ruled him out Monday. Dorian Finney-Smith will fill his spot.
Oklahoma already notched an impressive Big 12 win when it beat Iowa State on Saturday, but Kansas State has shown that wins are hard to come by at Bramlage Coliseum.
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