Game Day Grades: Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - No.14 Wisconsin got four players in double figures for the 12th time this season and UW coach Bo Ryan got his 266th career victory - the most in school history. The story, however, is the surprising 30 points from senior Rob Wilson, as the Badgers beat Indiana to set up a rematch with Michigan State. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: A-

It's safe to say Rob Wilson was simply phenomenal against the Hoosiers. In 32 minutes of work, Wilson dropped a career-high 30 points by going 11-for-16 from the floor and was really feeling it going 7-for-10 from 3-point range. You simply can't speak to how great Wilson was against Indiana.

Besides Wilson stepping his game up, Jared Berggren also left an imprint on the game. Berggren was one rebound short of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Like Wilson, Berggren shot the ball well from the floor, going 5-for-9, but what is more important to the victory is that Berggren went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

Jordan Taylor would be the first one to tell you he needs to play better. Taylor went 3-for 12 from the floor but still managed 12 points despite his poor shooting performance. Taylor missed a couple of bunnies that he would normally make and simply tried to do too much at times.

Josh Gasser had a solid game – scoring all nine of his points on 3-pointers in the first half – and was very efficient on the floor. Gasser had a steal and four assists to zero turnovers.

The Badgers shot the ball well - going 27-for-56 (48.2 percent) from the floor and an outstanding 13-for-26 from 3-point range – and got four players in double figures with Ryan Evans scoring at least 10 points (12) for the 11th straight game.

Defense: B

The Badgers defense allowed the Hoosiers to get to the free throw line too often in the game. Indiana went 18-for-22 from the free throw line, which helped keep the Hoosiers in the game.

Besides Indiana getting to the charity stripe at a high rate, the Badgers also had trouble containing Cody Zeller. Zeller had 17 points against the Badgers – much better than his seven points he scored in Madison. Besides Zeller scoring double figures, both Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford each had 17 points.

Wisconsin did force the Hoosiers into 10 turnovers - four coming off of steals – and converted the Hoosiers 10 turnovers into 12 points. Wisconsin did a solid job of limiting the Hoosiers to second chance opportunities to seven offensive rebounds.

Despite fouling out, Berggren and Evans each had a good game on the defensive end. Each had a block while Berggren grabbed six defensive rebounds and Evans chipped in with five defensive rebounds.

Indiana shot the ball well - going 25-for-51 (49 percent) from the floor – but lost because they couldn't match UW's productivity from 3-point range (going 3-for-6).

Overall: B+

aylor did not have his best game but Berggren and Wilson both stepped their game up with Taylor struggling. Taylor did get into foul trouble in the game, which may have affected him getting into an offensive rhythm.

Besides having Wilson, Berggren, and Taylor scoring in double figures, Evans did as well chipping in 12 points. Evans struggled in the first half but was able to find his rhythm by scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

Mike Bruesewitz needs to try and find his offensive game again and hopefully he can find it fast. Bruesewitz didn't score in the game (he only attempted one shot) but he did have four rebounds along with three assists.

The Badgers did do a good job of distributing the basketball by dishing out 16 assists to only seven turnovers.

Game MVP: Rob Wilson. How can't you give it to Wilson? He simply played phenomenal. Wilson's confidence is through the roof right now. Every time the Hoosiers made a run, Wilson had an answer. Even when the Hoosiers tried to defend him, Wilson still found a way to make them pay. Wilson was able to find a wide open Berggren for an easy dunk, which was set up by a Taylor screen.

Wilson came out firing in the first half - making 4-for-7 of his shots from the floor and going 2-for-3 from distance – and carried that through to the second half. Wilson tied a Big Ten tournament record by making seven 3-pointers in the game.

Badger Nation Top Stories