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B1G / ACC Challenge Preview: Wisconsin vs. Duke Showdown

The experienced Badgers set to face Duke's talented young guns in the marquee matchup of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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Wednesday will be the second match-up between two top ten teams this season when the No.2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Duke square off in the most anticipated game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. This should be far more competitive game than the first game between two top ten teams when Kentucky annihilated Kansas in the Champions Classic.

Outside of those thoroughbreds at Kentucky, the Blue Devils may have the best roster on in the entire country with those three highly talented freshmen guard Tyus Jones, forward Justise Winslow and center Jahlil Okafor but playing in Madison will be tough test for the trio.

With Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson and Quinn Cook, Duke has some experienced players on the team but its two freshmen that will have their hands full playing an important roles on both sides of the court.

When comes to individual matchups it doesn't get any better than having two of the best big men in the country going head-to-head. Senior Frank Kaminsky, who is capable scorer that can stretch a defense with his three point range, versus Okafor, the freshmen phenom who is probably the best low post scorer in the nation, a matchup of  two who more than likely will be receiving All-American honors at the end of the season.

Despite beating Michigan State, the Blue Devils were outrebounded 35-25 and 13 of those rebounds for the Spartans were offensive boards. Now with Kaminsky have the ability to shoot the three ball that will force Okafor out on the perimeter leaving more possibility for second chance points for the Badgers.

This battle will go a long way towards affecting the outcome of this game but no mean is it the determining factor because both being terrific players they may just in up canceling each other out if they are on top of their game.

Another interesting matchup to keep your eye on is Sam Dekker and Winslow at the wing position. Both players are NBA caliber players but Winslow's aggressive defense, lateral speed, and his athleticism could cause problems for Dekker on the offensive side of the floor which may slow down the Badger's offense with Dekker being a key piece of the puzzle.

While those two matchups are important this game is going to boil down the "other guys" on the court and Wisconsin they may have a slight edge in that category if the Battle 4 Atlantis was any indication.

Playing the sixth man role for the Badgers is senior Duje Dukan and he played that role to a T in the past two games. Against the Hoyas Dukan came off the bench and drained timely threes to help Wisconsin grab the tough victory against Georgetown then in the next game versus Oklahoma scored 13 points in 33 minutes of play.

Senior guard Traevon Jackson showed is still a viable option for this team as he was a difference maker in that  win against Georgetown and logged 13 points in the win versus the Sooners.  And you can't forget about Nigel Hayes who is just getting better and better with each game and can do a little bit of everything on the court.

If Duke is going to come away the road victory it will be essential for the Blue Devils to create turnovers by playing suffocating perimeter defense and crash the broad which isn't necessarily a strong suit for them.

This being Duke's first true road test of the year its going to be interesting when the Badgers go off on a few runs and the Kohl Center starts rocking how will those blue chip freshmen react? Will they rise to the occasion or will they slip and fall ? For Duke this is where upperclassmen Amile Jefferson and Quinn Cook will to make an major impact. The crowd may prove to be the biggest X-factor in what should be a tightly contested game.

As comedian Kevin Hart would say: "Its about to go down".