Five players reached double figures for Wisconsin (24-8), which led by as many as 15 points in the second half and took control when they closed the first half on a 14-5 run to take a six-point lead in the locker room.
UW’s effort was balanced. Koenig hit six 3-pointers, D'Mitrik Trice hit three 3s, Ethan Happ registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Zak Showalter delivered 12 points a game-high 38 minutes to help the Badgers shoot 47.4 percent - the highest UW had shot since Jan.24.
James Blackmon Jr. scored 17 points to lead Indiana (18-15), which was stymied offensively a night after scoring 95 points in its second round win over Iowa.
The Hoosiers lost all three meetings against the Badgers this season, but made it interesting after cutting the lead down to four with 1:21 remaining.
Wisconsin had an answer. Koenig delivered with a huge finger roll layup with 47.2 seconds left and Showalter picked the pocket of Robert Johnson near midcourt. His two made free throws made it an eight point lead with 40 seconds left.
Wisconsin will await the winner of No.2 Maryland and No.6 Northwestern in tomorrow’s Big Ten tournament semifinals
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