Game Day Grades: Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - No.3 Wisconsin did enough right offensively against Indiana that the Badgers could have moved to 17-0. Problem was the Badgers did little right defensively, allowing the Hoosiers to make the critical plays late to end the Badgers' winning streak. BadgerNation hands out the grades.

Offense: B-

Wisconsin shot the basketball effectively going 32-for-60 (53.3 percent) from the field, but Wisconsin was going to live and die by the three ball against Indiana. Despite having success getting the basketball down low for easy points, Wisconsin finished the game 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) from three.

Once again the Badgers got balance scoring amongst their starters with Traevon Jackson scoring a career-high 21points, with 16 points coming in the second half. Ben Brust was second with 13 points, Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky each had 11points and Sam Dekker had 10 points.

Indiana did a good job of forcing Wisconsin into mistakes, with the Badgers turning the basketball over 10 times in the game. Jackson had two costly turnovers late in the game, which hurt Wisconsin's chances.

Along with forcing the Badgers into mistakes, the Hoosiers were also well disciplined on the defensive side of the floor by only committing 12 fouls. Wisconsin only was able to make it to the free throw line four times only knocking down one of its free throws, leaving three points out on the floor, which they could have used. The Badgers need to be able to make their free throws when they get to the line because it shows how important they can be later on in the game.

Defense: D+

Wisconsin was terrible in transition defense against Indiana, consistently allowing the Hoosiers to get behind the defense for easy lay ups. With Wisconsin failing to stop the basketball at any point, the Hoosiers were able to shoot 51.6 percent from the floor.

Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 25 points despite shooting 10-for-24, but he was able to find success when he was able to drive to the lane. When Wisconsin was able to take any dribble penetration away from him he struggled to score going 1-for-8 from three.

Even with Ferrell finding ways to get to the rim, one thing Wisconsin failed to do was find ways to force Ferrell into turning the basketball over. Ferrell entered the game averaging three turnovers a game but didn't turn the basketball over once.

Overall: C-

Wisconsin was able to build a 10-point lead in the second half but couldn't hold on to the lead. Indiana was able to make more plays down the stretch despite Wisconsin having chance to win the basketball game.

With Indiana being such a strong rebounding team, the Badgers did do a decent job of preventing Indiana from grabbing second-chance opportunities. Of Indiana's 33 rebounds, only 11 were on the offensive glass and the Hoosiers scored only six second-chance points.

One thing that was encouraging to see is that Wisconsin proved once again that they can be an up-tempo team if they need to. Indiana from the start wanted to push the basketball to try and force Wisconsin into a game they aren't comfortable playing, but the Badgers were able to keep up with the style throughout the game.

Wisconsin was able to force Indiana into nine turnovers in the game, four of which came off of steals, but Wisconsin couldn't get Indiana uncomfortable with the basketball and allowed them to play within themselves.

Game MVP: Traevon Jackson. Despite having two turnovers late in the game, Jackson played well, finishing the game with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Jackson, who played with foul trouble most of the game, didn't allow sitting on the bench most of the first half to affect his shooting rhythm. Jackson was able to score Wisconsin's first nine points in the second half and kept Wisconsin alive for as long as he could late in the second half.


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