BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana defeated Wisconsin by a final score of 63-45 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon. IU snapped a three-game losing streak on the season, and a five-game losing streak to the Badgers. It was their first double-digit win over Wisconsin since 2005.
The Hoosiers (11-6, 2-4) led at halftime 21-20 and were led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Hood-Schifino added 16 points and 4 assists, and Jordan Geronimo had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Indiana will face Illinois on Thursday in Champaign.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be expanded)
1. Hood-Schifino the answer vs. the Badger defense. Wisconsin wants to force teams into the mid-range, and Jalen Hood-Schifino thrived in that area. He made 8-of-13 from 2-point range and was composed leading the offense, getting past the first level and then taking what was available when he got inside the arc. It was a solid effort by a true freshman against and challenging defense. After a rough first half, Indiana had the offensive adjustments coming out of the break and posted 42 points on Wisconsin.
2. Hoosiers take care of the ball. Wisconsin came into the game with a 20.1 percent forced turnover rate, but Indiana committed just eight for the game. Three of those turnovers came in the last four minutes after IU had an 18-point lead. Hood-Schifino played 36 minutes and had just two turnovers and a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. The composure on the perimeter allowed IU to dominate inside, with a 42-22 points in the paint advantage.
3. Geronimo capitalizes on Wahl absence, TJD with more bounce, duo leads IU defense. The Badgers were shorthanded without leading scorer and key defensive presence Tyler Wahl. Jordan Geronimo started and was the superior athlete at the four with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile Trayce Jackson-Davis, who is dealing with a bad back, appeared to have more spring off the floor. He had five blocks to lead a solid defensive effort by IU. Wisconsin made just 32.1 percent from the field.
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