The Badgers look to end their two game skid Tuesday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who they played in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. This season, thee Islanders are 7-2 with both of their losses coming in double digits against Texas and Texas A&M. The game will be televised on BTN at 8 PM on Tuesday night.

Projected Starters

Projected Wisconsin Starters

G: Bronson Koenig (15.1 PPG, 2.5 APG)
G: Zak Showalter (8.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
F: Nigel Hayes (16.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.1 APG)
F: Vitto Brown (9.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG)
F: Ethan Happ (10.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG)

Projected Texas A&M-CC Starters

G: Hameed Ali (8.0 PPG, 5.3 APG)
G: Brandon Pye (11.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG)
G: Jelani Currie (5.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG)
F: Bryce Douvier (9.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
F: Rashawn Thomas (16.2 PPG, 8.9 RPG)

Outlook

This game comes at a good time for the Badgers who need a pick me up, although the way they’ve played against lesser opponents at times there may not be a for sure game on the schedule for the Badgers. Although Texas A&M-CC’s losses came against good teams, wins such as Our Lady of the Lake (yes, apparently that’s a real school) and St. Edwards don’t prove much for their 54th RPI rating in the country.

Rashawn Thomas is the Islander’s leading scorer at 16.2 PPG and he’s shooting above 50% from the field. He’s coming off of a 30-point game in the Islanders’ six point win over the 1-9 UTSA Roadrunners. Not letting Brandon Pye get loose from the three point line (42.3% 3pt) will be a key focus for the Badgers.

Finding the Badgers faults over the last two games isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s been the same thing that’s plagued the Badgers all season: inconsistent play from their stars. Bronson Koenig has been a combined 8-27 from the field in his last two games. Nigel Hayes was 4-18 against Marquette after a strong performance against Milwaukee. If the Badgers are ever going to figure this out, it has to start with those two. Outside of Ethan Happ’s tremendous play over the past few weeks, you can’t be certain what you’re going to get from the role players. One could argue that Happ has been the most consistent member on the team. Long story short, as has been the key with almost every game, getting Koenig and Hayes both rolling is what the Badgers want to see against Texas A&M-CC.

With the tallest Islander being 6’8″, the Badgers should continue to shine where they have the brightest this year, which is on the offensive glass. As bad as the offense has been, the second chances that Happ, Hayes, and company have generated have been key for the Badgers.

Bottom Line

If the Badgers show up, they win. However, the Badgers showing up is nothing you can be certain of at this point at this point.

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