first_img1. Exploit emotionsA win would not only send the three seniors out on a high note, it would also avenge this season’s previous defeat and preserve a perfect home-court record. These three factors should give the Badgers plenty of emotional fuel of which to take advantage.2. Adjust to life without ButchBrian Butch, in addition to leading the team in rebounding, was particularly valuable in his ability to stretch defenses and pull the opposing big men away from the basket. The Badgers will need to get bigger contributions from their other post players to match up with MSU’s size on both ends of the floor.3. Defend ball screensIn the last meeting, MSU guard Drew Neitzel scored 28 points, many of which came off of ball screens for pull-up jumpers. This time around, the Badgers must do a better job of hedging screens, as well as fighting through them.4. Get Tucker quality shotsAlando Tucker has been held to only 32 percent shooting in the past two games, 16 percentage points below his average. Tucker is at his best slashing and driving to the basket, while his shooting percentage tends to take a hit when he settles for contested threes.5. Be patient on offenseMichigan State leads the conference in field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense. Still, every team has defensive weaknesses and good ball movement should reveal quality looks.last_img

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