Hot-shooting Wisconsin dominates IU, 92-78

Indiana could never stop Wisconsin in a blowout loss on the road.

Indiana's porous defense has been a consistent storyline this season, and that didn't change on Tuesday night.

The Hoosiers' defense reached rock bottom in 92-78 loss to No. 5 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. The Hoosiers trailed by as many as 32 points in the second half, but never quit and got to as close as 12 late.

Ultimately, though, Frank Kaminsky delivered whenever Wisconsin needed a basket. The 7-footer finished with 23 points and six rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. One of Kaminsky's three misses came on a wide open dunk attempt late in the second.

Wisconsin (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) shot 60 percent from the field and made 28-of-31 from the foul line. The Hoosiers attempted only 11 free throws in the game.

All five Badger starters scored in double figures, and Zak Showalter had a career-high nine points off the bench.

No team could miss for much of the first half. Indiana made 8-of-11 shots from beyond the arc and still trailed by eight points at halftime. That was a dangerous sign for the Hoosiers, who hadn't stopped Wisconsin inside in the first 20 minutes.

Sure enough, the shots stopped falling for the Hoosiers, and Wisconsin turned a competitive game into a blowout in a matter of minutes.

Wisconsin's lead swelled to 32 points, but Indiana kept playing, and the shots started falling once again. But it was far too deep a hole for the Hoosiers (16-7, 6-4) to dig out of.

Indiana made 13-of-24 shots from beyond the arc, shot nearly 50 percent, and outrebounded Wisconsin by one, and yet lost the game by 14 points.

Like Wisconsin, all five Indiana starters scored in double figures, led by Nick Zeisloft with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Zeisloft started the game in place of freshman James Blackmon Jr., who missed the game with an ankle injury he suffered in Saturday's win over Rutgers.

Robert Johnson added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, Troy Williams had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell had 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting. Collin Hartman added 11 points, but eight of them came in the first few minutes of the game.

Indiana has now lost three out of four games after a four-game winning streak. The Hoosiers are back in action Sunday against Michigan at Assembly Hall.


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