Quick thoughts on a 65-60 loss at Wisconsin:
How it happened: The odds were against Indiana going into Sunday’s game at the Kohl Center. With 15 straight losses in Madison, Indiana needed a near-perfect effort to emerge with a signature road win. The Hoosiers hung tough all afternoon, but never led in their fourth road loss in five tries in conference play. Indiana defended well enough to win, but turnovers (23.7 TO%) and a huge differential from the foul line (+12 for Wisconsin) were the difference. The Hoosiers held the Badgers to just 1.03 points per possession, but couldn’t get enough offense going and couldn’t quite get over the hump down the stretch. After trailing by eight with 51 seconds to play, Indiana got within three with 28.6 seconds left on a pair of Josh Newkirk free throws. From there, Bronson Koenig hit a pair of free throws with 25.8 seconds left and Indiana never got closer than three the rest of the way. The loss dropped Indiana to 5-6 in league play as a showdown with Purdue looms on Thursday in Bloomington.
Standout performer: Newkirk, who scored a career-high 27 points in Wednesday’s triple overtime win over Penn State, scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Newkirk was 4-of-6 on 3s.
Statistic(s) that stands out: Free throws and points off of turnovers were the difference for Wisconsin. The Badgers outscored Indiana 16-6 on points off of turnovers and by 12 points at the foul line. Indiana was 11-of-12 from the foul line and Wisconsin was 23-of-31.
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Filed to: Wisconsin Badgers