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Wisconsin has 21 assists in win

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When a single player owns a 4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio, it warrants acclaim. But an entire team?


"It tells you where they are as a basketball team tonight," Indiana coach Mike Davis said, following his team's 75-49 loss to Wisconsin. "It was unbelievable."


Wisconsin distributed the ball to the tune of 21 assists, with just five turnovers Tuesday evening. Point guard Devin Harris led the way with nine assists and not a single turnover.


Indeed, before hitting a three-point shot with 9:38 left in the game, Harris had scored just three points, but had distributed the ball well, gracefully helping the Badgers execute their offense with the utmost precision.


Harris, who finished with 15 points, was far from alone. Three other Badgers—Mike Wilkinson (4), Boo Wade (4) and Zach Morley (3)—had multiple assists and not a single player made more than one turnover.


"I think it is the best we moved the ball…21 assists and five turnovers, that's good but we'll probably see all five turnovers in film tomorrow," Harris said.


"Unfortunately for the players, I remember all five and they know I do," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "There are still some things—is Indiana a pressure team on the wings like (the College of) Charleston tried to play us…we faced a different opponent defensively. But I thought we changed sides of the floor well, we touched the post and got it out of the post well. So yeah, I thought that was a pretty good ball game."

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