Wisconsin defeated Indiana by a final score of 60-56 on Saturday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
The three keys to the game, highlights and finals stats are below. The Hoosiers (19-12, 9-11) will play in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis next week.
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. A collapse in the last ten minutes. Indiana led 46-37 with 10:04 left in the game. From there the Badgers outscored IU 23-10. IU only got one field goal during that stretch, with the rest of their points coming from the free throw line. Rebounding was a major key down the stretch, as Wisconsin secured several offensive rebounds and garnered critical second chance points.
2. Green injures ankle, fades in second half. It was a tale of two halves for Devonte Green in what was his last home game for the Hoosiers. Perhaps it was only fitting that a player known for dramatic highs and lows would have a final game like this. Green scored 16 first half points including three 3-pointers, but he landed on someone’s foot before the break. The senior guard was clearly not the same player in the second half, as evidenced by a 0-of-7 performance from the field.
3. Big Ten Tournament win now a must. Indiana now likely must win their first round game at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament. That is primarily due to the caliber of their opponent on Wednesday, either Nebraska or Northwestern. The Hoosiers simply cannot afford a bad loss right before Selection Sunday.
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