Wisconsin was able to put on an offensive clinic against the Hoosiers, able to get its inside game going along with its outside game. With Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans active on the low blocks, Wisconsin scored 30 points in the paint.
Evans led all scorers with 16 points, Ben Brust had 12 while Berggren and Dekker had 11 points. Evans was key for the offense going 7-for-12 in the game by utilizing the driving lanes Indiana gave him and finishing around the rim, as it didn't seem to matter who the Hoosiers put on him.. Evans' first step was very quick and was able to convert once he got past his defender.
Against Michigan, the Badgers struggled shooting the basketball in the first half but were able to recover with a strong second half. That carried over against Indiana, as Wisconsin shot the basketball extremely well and was efficient with its shot selection. Wisconsin went 25-for-49 (51 percent) from the floor.
The Badgers did struggle to take care of the basketball with 15 turnovers (Evans had a team-high four turnover). Indiana did a good job of pressuring Wisconsin and cutting off passing lanes, but the Badgers only turned the ball over once the final 8:32.
The Badgers' defense didn't let the Hoosiers get comfortable or in any sort of rhythm. Contesting every shot and registering a season-high 10 blocks, Indiana went 21-for-55 (38.2 percent) from the field.
Wisconsin accomplished its mission to not let Cody Zeller or Victor Oladipo take over the game. Zeller finished with 13 points and Oladipo had 10, but eight came in the first half. The Badgers' guards did a great job of taking away Oladipo driving lanes, not letting him get to the hoop and contesting the lane.
Able to force the Hoosiers into 13 turnovers, Wisconsin was able to get 17 points off of Hoosiers' miscues. Nine of Indiana 13 turnovers were steals. Wisconsin also limited Indiana to only 11 points off 11 offensive rebounds, neutralizing the Hoosiers' size inside.
Wisconsin did a better job against Indiana staying out of foul trouble while still playing physical, but smart defense. Even though the game got physical at times, the Badgers kept playing their game, dictated the flow and only committed 13 team fouls. Indiana went 9-for-14 (64.3 percent) from the free throw line.
Wisconsin came out to play as soon as the opening tip; hustling and winning most of the loose balls situations. The Badgers were very confident in the game plan and again got balance scoring from the starters and 17 points off of the bench.
One of the key plays was Bruesewitz's steal with less then two minutes to go in the game. His steal helped seal the Badgers win as Indiana was trying to make one final push.
The other key plays were every time Indiana made a run, the Badgers were able to respond with a run of their own. One key run was because of Dekker. With the score was tied at 43, Dekker went on a personal 7-0 run. It started with an Evans' block and Dekker was able to grab the loose ball, drive to the hoop and draw a foul. Dekker missed the free throw but Frank Kaminsky was able to pull down the miss. The ball eventually wound up back in Dekker's hand for three, which he made. On the next offensive possession Traevon Jackson was able to find a wide-open Dekker on the base line for an easy dunk, and Wisconsin controlled from there.
Jackson played well again. He had seven points in the game but was able to make his free throws down the stretch to ice the game. Jackson did a good job of taking care of the basketball with four assists to three turnovers. Jackson allowed the game come to him again and didn't force anything.
Wisconsin was able to win the rebounding battle against Indiana 35-30. The Badgers were able to grab out 11 offensive rebounds and cash in their second-chance opportunities into 18 points.
Game MVP: Ryan Evans. Evans put together another nice game as he continues to let the game come to him. He has seen that he has a favorable matchup and has consistently exploited them in these past two games. Evans may have led the Badgers in scoring, but he also did the little things. He was able to grab eight rebounds, dish out four assists, have four blocks and one steal. Evans is playing with confidence and you can tell he's having fun out there.