Freshman Robinson quickly becoming a star

Indiana's Stanford Robinson played a key role in an upset win over No. 3 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

It took a few games, but Indiana freshman Stanford Robinson is rising into a star for the Hoosiers.

I hate to tell you I told you so but, well, I told you so.

Robinson had another big game on Tuesday night and was a critical part of Indiana upsetting No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72 at Assembly Hall.

Robinson finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, five rebounds and only one turnover in 24 minutes off the bench. The Hoosiers ran a lot of their offense through Robinson late in the game because he found success in taking Wisconsin defenders off the dribble.

"Yogi [Ferrell] and Will [Sheehey] told me in the beginning of the game that the lanes were open and they told me to just keep going because that's one of my strong points," Robinson said afterward. "So two of my leaders telling me to just keep going, I felt like I had the freedom to just be me."

Robinson found a matchup he liked against Wisconsin's Josh Gasser, and he continually attacked him off the dribble. The Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) used dribble handoffs to get their drivers free, and then let Robinson and Ferrell go one-on-one against their defenders.

It worked for most of the night.

"He's natural at that," Indiana coach Tom Crean said of Robinson driving the ball. "He's got a gift of that, and he's gotten better with his right hand. That's been a big deal, lot of improvement there. In the beginning, he didn't trust his right hand at all. It wasn't good enough. Now it's a lot better, and it's going to get better.

"He's got a lot of fight in him. We made a couple substitutions, changed our defense and we took off, so he was a big part of all of that."

In his last three games against Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, Robinson has scored 33 points on 14-of-29 shooting, and pulled down 13 rebounds in 72 total minutes. Robinson scored only 64 total points in the first 14 games of the season.

Don't be surprised to see him in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Northwestern. Top Stories