IU basketball game day: Hoosiers look to end long losing streak at Wisconsin

The Indiana football program recorded its first win in Madison since 2001 last month.

Now the basketball Hoosiers will attempt to leave Wisconsin victorious for the first time since 1998.

Indiana won at the Kohl Center just days after its January 1998 debut — and they have lost 17 in a row since.

To end the streak Indiana will need to claim its first top-10 road win since a 2019 triumph against Michigan State in East Lansing.


Indiana (7-4, 2-2) at No. 8/10 Wisconsin (9-2, 3-1)

  • Tip time:  7:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisc.
  • Television:  FS1 (Adam Amin and Stephen Bardo)
  • IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith)
  • Series:  Indiana leads 96-77 (Wisconsin won last meeting 60-56 in 2020)
  • Point Spread:  Wisconsin is a 7.5-point favorite
  • KenPom has No. 4 Wisconsin by 6 points over No. 21 Indiana

Wisconsin is coached by Greg Gard who is 110-59 in his six years as head coach.


via Wisconsin Athletics

After its Sunday game against Penn State was cancelled, Wisconsin will play IU after a seven-day layoff.  The Badgers last played on Dec. 31 when they beat Minnesota 71-59.  Wisconsin lost to Maryland 70-64, a team IU just beat on Monday.  Wisconsin’s other loss came against Marquette.

The reigning conference co-champions, Wisconsin won its 19th Big Ten title last season and 5th since 2002

Since 2002, Wisconsin is 27-6 (.818) overall against the Hoosiers. Prior to that, the Badgers were just 49-90 (.353) all-time vs. Indiana.

Wisconsin is one of just two schools to rank among the nation’s top 10 in both offensive (9th) and defensive (7th) efficiency according to KenPom.  Points could be at a premium with IU ranked No. 10 in defensive efficiency.

All five of Wisconsin’s starters are averaging double-figure scoring this season.

Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the Big Ten and 8th in the NCAA shooting 41.4 percent on 3-pointers. The Badgers rank 4th in the conference averaging 8.7 triples per game. Each of Wisconsin’s starters averages more than one made 3-pointer per game and all five have made at least nine triples this season.

The Badgers lead the Big Ten in scoring defense (60.5 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (37.9 percent).

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and ranks 2nd in the NCAA averaging just 8.3 turnovers per game. The Badgers have not had more than 11 turnovers in any game this season.

Wisconsin has a trio of players on watch lists for major national awards: point guard D’Mitrik Trice (Bob Cousy Award), power forward Nate Reuvers (Karl Malone Award) and center Micah Potter (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

Micah Potter has emerged as one of the nation’s best-shooting big men, leading Wisconsin shooting 51.1 percent overall and 44.8 percent from three.  He averages 12.7 ppg and leads the Badgers in rebounding (7.3 rpg).  His defensive rebounding rate (26.9 percent) is top-50 nationally.

Third-Team All-Big Ten guard D’Mitrik Trice leads Wisconsin averaging 14.2 ppg in addition to 37 assists and only 15 turnovers in a team-high 321 minutes.

Nate Reuvers is averaging 11.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg in four games against IU, including 20 and 17 points in his last two meetings, respectively.

Aleem Ford is averaging 9.3 ppg (10-18 3FG) in four games vs. IU.

Wisconsin’s active scoring leader (1,163 pts), Brad Davison averages 10.1 ppg (43.2 percent 3FG) this season.  He has a top-50 turnover rate of 6.4 percent.  Davison is just the 12th Badger in program history to make 100 career starts.

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