Indiana 75, (3) Wisconsin 72: Last word
By ZACH HEILPRIN
The University of Wisconsin (16-1, 3-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday night, losing to Indiana (12-5, 2-2) 75-72 in Bloomington.
Player of the game: Yogi Ferrell
He took a lot of shots – 24 of them to be exact – but when Ferrell drove to the basket he normally converted. Just 1 of 8 from 3-point land, he was not good from the outside. But he managed to get to the lane and finish. He scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and had nine of the Hoosiers final 14 points. Ferrell, like Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes (32 points), used his quickness to get inside and gave the Badgers fits.
Traevon Jackson’s shooting
The Badgers point guard was limited to eight minutes in the first half after picking up a pair of fouls. He came out in the second half on fire. He scored nine of Wisconsin’s first 11 points and started the game 7 of 7. He finished with a career-high 21 points on 9 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 5 from distance.
Josh Gasser’s all-around game
The junior guard played a season-high 38 minutes for UW coach Bo Ryan and made an impact in a variety of ways. He was 5 of 8 shooting for 10 points and added six rebounds, four assists and a steal.
The sieve-like defense seen earlier in the year reappeared on Tuesday night. Indiana players were getting a free pass into the lane and finished with 52 points in the paint. The lack of challenged shots at the rim in the first half was shocking to see, though there was some improvement in the second half. They also struggled in transition, allowing the Hoosiers to get easy hoops and a lack of communication was evident a number of times. Ferrell’s quickness was an issue but better team defense can help control a player like that.
Stat of the game:
UW free throws: 1-4
Wisconsin has thrived by getting to the line this year. Coming into the night, the Badgers fewest free throw attempts in a game this year came against Milwaukee when they went nine times. They average 23 attempts per game and managed just four. The only player to shoot from the charity stripe against Indiana was Frank Kaminksy, and he was just 1 of 4.
Odds and ends:
Wisconsin is now 12-2 in their last 14 games against Indiana and both losses have resulted in the Indiana student section storming the court.
The Badgers shot 53-percent (32 of 60) from the field – the sixth time they’ve shot better than 50-percent from the field this year.
The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak – the second longest in-season streak in program history. The longest was 17 straight and came during the 2006-2007 season, which is also the last time the Badgers were 16-1.
Wisconsin returns to the Kohl Center to take on Michigan on Saturday.
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