Wisconsin Badgers beat Indiana Hoosiers to go on to Big Ten Championship game
A day before Selection Sunday and there are still so many questions. Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in the Big Ten semifinals, 68-56.
This loss puts Indiana at 12 straight losses to Wisconsin over the past six seasons, reports the Chicago Tribune.
With this win, Wisconsin will now advance to the Big Ten Championship game that will be against either Ohio State or Michigan State, depending on who wins later Saturday.
Overall, the Badgers played well offensively and defensively. They shot at 51 percent from the field while holding the Hoosiers to shooting only 38.2 percent. Badgers also out rebounded Indiana 35-30.
Ryan Evans led the Badgers with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Sam Dekker helped with 11 points and Ben Brust added another 12.
Two of Indiana’s best players did not play to their usual standards. Cody Zeller only had 13 points and Victor Oladipo only shot four of 11 for 10 points.
Coach Bo Ryan has a lot to due with the success of this Wisconsin team. He was named the conference coach of the year. His team now has four wins against top-10 opponents and seven wins over teams in the top 25.
While some may think the Badgers are lacking any super talent, Ryan disagrees with them.
He said, “I don’t want to sell my players short. I’ve got good players who are much better as a result of playing together.”
This may be the end for the Hoosiers’ run at the Big Ten Championship but there is still the NCAA tournament to think about. Indiana will most likely still be a number one seed, according to NBC Sports.
It is uncertain if Indiana will be the overall No. 1 seed. Indiana is 18-0 against teams not in the RPI Top 50. The only other team to rival that is Gonzaga.
Saturday night, Louisville and Syracuse play for the Big East Championship. If Louisville wins, they will only have one loss in teams not in the RPI Top 50. They would also be heading into the tournament with a 10 game winning streak.
Indiana lost to a Wisconsin team that is good at grinding teams down. Wisconsin puts on the pressure and slows down the game that forces offenses into half court sets. Wisconsin is not the only team that can do this and Indiana needs to be sure that they do not fall to that kind of play again.
Indiana is a great team, good enough to be a No. 1 seed. On Sunday we will all know if they are good enough to be a No.1 overall seed. March Madness is just beginning and it is going to be an exciting tournament.