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No. 2 Indiana Falls to Wisconsin,64-59

January 16th, 2013 at 9:41 AM
By Evan Reller

Indiana and Tom Crean simply cannot beat Wisconsin and Bo Ryan. IU lost it's 11th straight game to Wisconsin, making it 10 in a row for Crean. 

IU also lost its first game at home in over a year with the 64-59 loss to the Badgers. 

Wisconsin managed to play its game and get Indiana completely out of sync. The loss drops IU to 15-2 (3-1) and Wisconsin now sits atop the Big Ten at 13-4 (4-0). 

The Badgers used a familiar formula to knock off the Hoosiers: slow and plodding on offense while maintaining stifling defense. IU shot a measly 37 percent and connected on just 25 percent of its three point shots. IU did manage to out rebound Wisconsin by a 35-27 margin. 

Cody Zeller led Indiana with a double-double, racking up 23 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8-for-8 in the first half, but hit just one field goal in the second half. He went from aggressive and attacking to passive in the second half, and IU suffered. 

Christian Watford added 11 points, but it came off of 3-for-8 shooting. Victor Oladipo gave IU 10 points and nearly fouled out again. His defense was stifling but Wisconsin still managed to hit tough shots over Oladipo. 

Once again, the bench provided nothing for the Hoosiers. A grand total of two points came from four players. 

This was a tough loss for a Hoosier team that has been struggling over the past three halves of basketball. Minnesota and Wisconsin have exposed a lot of problems that IU has and the team needs to adapt quickly. 

We'll have more on this game up tomorrow.  

IU will be back in action Sunday at Northwestern. We'll discuss that game later in the week. 

 

Tags: Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA, Victor Oladipo, Wisconsin

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