Wisconsin makes it 11 straight wins against Indiana
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 11:40PM
Wisconsin's Jared Berggren (40) goes in for a dunk against Indiana's Victor Oladipo (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Indiana’s bench went 52 minutes, 34 seconds of game time between field goals. Will Sheehey scored the Hoosiers’ last field goal in the win over Penn State, then the reserves scored three points, all on free throws, in the win over Minnesota. Jeremy Hollowell finally broke the streak with a layup at the 11:32 mark of the first half of Tuesday night’s game.
Tuesday was Will Sheehey’s 21st birthday, so the Hoosiers fans sang “Happy Birthday” to the junior swingman when he checked in for the first time at the 14:19 mark.
He didn’t react much, considering he was going in as Wisconsin was shooting free throws.
Also being celebrated Tuesday night: Indiana’s eighth men’s soccer national championship. The team was recognized during a timeout in the first half, drawing a standing ovation.
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:39AM
BLOOMINGTON — The Big Ten’s top team is not the one that began the week ranked second in the nation.
Wisconsin extended its dominance of Indiana, rallying from a one-point halftime deficit to defeat the No. 2 Hoosiers 64-59 on Tuesday night.
The win — Wisconsin’s 11th straight over the Hoosiers and fifth in a row at Assembly Hall — left the Badgers as the Big Ten’s only undefeated team in conference play.
The Badgers are 13-4 overall, 4-0 in the conference and in the driver’s seat after matching the second-longest winning streak ever against Indiana. Wisconsin also beat Indiana 11 straight times from 1912 through 1919.
Purdue won 12 straight from the Hoosiers from 1908 through 1914.
And no team has ever had a longer winning streak against the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall than the Badgers, who set the record with four straight wins in March 2011 and extended it by shutting down the nation’s top offense in the second half.
Look no further than Cody Zeller’s stat line: 8-of-8 from the field, 18 points in the first half; 1-for-7 from the field, 5 points in the second half.
“They were clogging up the middle more (in the second half),” Zeller said. “The shots (just weren’t) falling.”
“He got the shots, he got to the foul line, we just didn’t do a good job of rebounding the misses,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said.
The Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1) lost at home for the first time in 18 games and shot just 7-of-26 from the field after taking a 32-31 lead into halftime.
Even before the second half, IU was struggling to find its shot. Take away Zeller’s first-half performance and the rest of the Hoosiers were 5-of-20 from the field in that span.
Wisconsin’s stout 3-point defense was again in effect. The Hoosiers were just 3-of-12 from beyond the arc.
“We’ve got to go watch the film, see what we need to work on,” said Victor Oladipo, who scored IU’s first basket on a 3-pointer.
Zeller finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Christian Watford scored 11 and Oladipo added 10 points for the Hoosiers, who for the second straight game got negligible scoring from the bench. After getting three points — all on free throws — on Saturday against Minnesota, the Hoosiers had just two points on Tuesday, on a layup by Jeremy Hollowell.
“We just didn’t make enough shots,” Crean said. “When we didn’t make our shots, we didn’t come down and stay as disciplined as we needed to defensively.
“I’m not as concerned about the lack of offense from the bench. I’m concerned about the lack of creating pace of the game, with deflections, defense. We need guys to come in and make plays,” Crean added.
Ryan Evans led Wisconsin with 13 points. Traevon Jackson scored 11 and Mike Bruesewitz and Sam Dekker each had 10 points for the Badgers.