Quick thoughts on a 71-61 loss to the Badgers:
How it happened: Wisconsin, which already had three home losses by double digits this season, looked vulnerable going into this game. The Badgers are currently without three of their top four guards and have several walk-ons in the rotation. And for a half, it appeared Indiana might have a chance to win in the Kohl Center for the first time since 1998. But Indiana’s 33-30 halftime lead would quickly be erased as the Badgers beat the Hoosiers like a drum after intermission. Wisconsin scored a ridiculous 1.28 points per possession in the second half and Indiana had no answer for Ethan Happ. When the dust settled in Madison, the Hoosiers were saddled with their fourth road loss of the season (in four tries) and serious questions about their effort and fight, particularly in the second half. Wisconsin won most of the game’s 50-50 balls and outscored the Hoosiers 15-4 on second chance points. The road won’t get any easier from here, either, as Indiana’s road trip will continue on Saturday in Minneapolis.
Standout performer: Collin Hartman snapped out of his slump and finished with a career-high 18 points. Hartman shot 6-of-10 from the field and also had four rebounds in 32 minutes.
Statistics that stands out: Wisconsin outscored Indiana by nine at the free throw line and by nine from beyond the 3-point line. Wisconsin shot 7-of-15 on 3s and 18-of-24 from the free throw line.
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