MADISON — Indiana lost to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Friday evening by a final score of 91-79.
The Badgers led at halftime 39-26. IU was led in the game by Malik Reneau with 28 points.
The three keys to the game, highlights and final stats are below.
See also: Mike Woodson and Malik Reneau postgame.
Indiana (12-7, 4-4) will next travel to Illinois a week from Saturday.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. No defensive answers. Indiana had a great second half on the offensive end, but their defense could not get stops. The Badgers shot 59.6 percent for the game, including 10-of-21 from three. Despite a 53-point second half by the Hoosiers, they only outscored Wisconsin by one after the break. Indiana tried to double Steven Crowl in the post, but he ended up with eight assists, mostly on kick-out threes.
2. Too much fouling. Indiana’s lack of defensive discipline allowed Wisconsin to live at the free throw line. The Badgers are very good at the stripe, and they converted on 25 of 29 attempts. Indiana committed 23 fouls, Payton Sparks fouled out starting in place of the injured Kel’el Ware, and three other IU players had four fouls.
3. Lack of guard production. In a high scoring game, Indiana needed more production from its guards. Trey Galloway and Xavier Johnson had just two points at halftime. They did end up with a combined 18 points, and Gabe Cupps added seven, but most of Galloway and Johnson’s production came after Wisconsin built a sizable second half lead. Meanwhile, Wisconsin guards Max Klesmit and A.J. Storr combined for 41 points.
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