Game Analysis: IU 75, Wisconsin 72

Indiana shot the ball well, only turned it over nine times and rallied from a 10-point second half deficit. Here is our regular game analysis feature looking back at Indiana's 75-72 win over Wisconsin.

Here is an analysis of Tuesday's 75-72 victory over No. 3 Wisconsin at Assembly Hall. This analysis is a regular part of our AllHoosiers.com coverage of Indiana basketball this season.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD: Where do you begin in a game like this one? Indiana took the ball to the basket at will and got drive after drive for baskets. Stanford Robinson and Yogi Ferrell both had their share of inside buckets. Will Sheehey drove and penetrated. Indiana had 52 points in the paint and only four of those points came from Noah Vonleh. He made four field goals but two of them were 3-pointers. Indiana had a season-low nine turnovers and two of those came on offensive fouls. IU consistently shot well throughout the game. The Hoosiers made 51.7 percent of their shots in the first half, 51.5 percent in the second half and 51.6 percent for the game. Just like Saturday, IU had to rally in this one. The Hoosiers trailed by 15 Saturday at Penn State and won. In this game, IU trailed the No. 3 team in the nation by 10 points with 13 minutes to play and went on a 12-0 run to take the lead. Yogi Ferrell did not shoot the ball well from the outside but he hit some big points when the Hoosiers needed them the most. He scored seven of IU's final 10 points.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:Indiana forced 10 Wisconsin turnovers but only managed to capitalize and score two points off of those turnovers. Conversely, the Badgers scored 17 points off of IU's nine turnovers. The ball didn't get inside to Vonleh enough but part of that was because IU spaced the floor and was getting consistent drives to the basket by Robinson and Ferrell. The Hoosiers didn't shoot the 3 particularly well, hitting just 4-of-14. IU finished the game making just two of its final 12 3-pointers. Both were huge. One by Sheehey from the left wing to give IU a 59-57 lead with 7:07 to play. The other was by Yogi with 2:51 to play that broke a 65-all tie.

FOR STARTERS:Indiana utilized the same starting lineup as Saturday's Penn State game: Will Sheehey, Evan Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell. Against Wisconsin, the starters scored 58 of Indiana's 75 points. The starters combined to hit 24-of-49 shots from the field, all of IU's 4-of-14 shots from 3-point range and 6-of-7 free throws. The Hoosier starters had just 16 rebounds led by Sheehey with six.

BIG WINS ALL IN THE 70-75 range: Indiana has now had five wins against top 10 opponents in the last three years that have had scores in a similar range. IU beat Michigan State at Assembly Hall 75-70 last year and a 72-71 win at No. 7 Michigan on the road to win the Big Ten title outright. IU beat No. 1 Kentucky 73-72 two years ago and No. 2 Ohio State 74-70 two years ago as well.

INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATIONS: Here's a look at my own thoughts on a few Indiana players from Tuesday's loss to Illinois:

1. YOGI FERRELL: Yogi didn't have a great shooting night from the perimeter including missing his first seven 3-point field goals but once again he was in complete control and proved once again he's a big game player. When Indiana need Yogi to step up he did. He had seven of IU's final 10 points including a 3 that broke a 65-all tie, a jumper in the lane that put IU up 70-65 and then the two free throws with 18.1 seconds to play. Ferrell had 25 points in 33 minutes. Most importantly he had four assists and no turnovers.

2. Stanford ROBINSON: With every game, Robinson's role increases. Quickly he is becoming one of IU's best offensive players. He takes the ball to the basket with ease, splits defenders and plays good defense. Tuesday, Robinson scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also had five rebounds. Perhaps he'll become the next Sheehey in terms of IU's sixth man role but you could make an argument that he should be in the starting lineup with the way he's playing, too. Tuesday, he played 24 minutes. He has now played 72 minutes in the last three games, an average of 24 minutes per game.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea: Perea only played six minutes, three in each half but he made the most of them. He made his only shot, a post up that cut the Wisconsin lead to 31-30 late in the first half. He had a terrific blocked shot on a Sam Dekker attempt in the first half. He also had four rebounds. He had one defensive miscue when he unsuccessfully tried to front Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin threw it over the top for an easy bucket but overall Perea had a solid effort in a short stint.

NEXT UP: Indiana (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) plays host to Northwestern (8-9, 1-3) on Saturday at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers will be looking for their third win in a row.

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