UW came out ice cold and hit only one of its first eight shots from the floor. Indiana used that drought to build a 13-3 lead in the opening minutes, and the Hoosiers never looked back en route to a 74-61 victory at Assembly Hall.
The Badgers never rebounded from their early deficit, as they never led after the first minute of play. UW shot a dismal 28 percent in the first half and finished the game with a season low 16 field goals on 36 percent shooting.
Coming off a strong shooting performance against Purdue in which they shot 63 percent from 3-point range, the Badgers managed to tie a season low with just three 3-point buckets. Wisconsin finished the night shooting only 16 percent from behind the arc.
Wisconsin scored close to half its points from the free throw line (26 of 32) in a game plagued by foul trouble on both sides. UW committed a season high 27 fouls and sent the Hoosiers to the free throw line 32 times. IU converted on 23 charity attempts.
The foul trouble started early for UW as senior forward Zach Morley picked up his second foul just four minutes and three seconds into the first half. Morley was forced to sit the bench most of the night, playing a season low 10 minutes and contributing only two points, after scoring 22 against Purdue.
"Some times players are taken out of the game," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "You know, we have done it to other players… you just have to move on to the next game and that's what we have to do here."
Forward Alando Tucker was also limited as a result of foul problems. The 6-foot-5 sophomore picked up his second foul with just under six minutes left in the first half and fouled out despite scoring a team high 22 points. Tucker was the only Badgers to shoot over 50 percent from the floor (6-of-10) and had a perfect night from the charity stripe hitting all nine of his free throw attempts.
Bracey Wright was nearly unstoppable and led the Hoosiers to their first conference win of the season. The junior guard played all but two minutes and drilled 11-of-22 shots from the floor to lead IU with 30 points. Wisconsin had no answer for Wright, who seemed to quiet any thoughts of a Badger run.
"He hit some shots and we know he can score," Ryan said. "He scored… against a lot of different teams. And once he got it going tonight and then we had to crowd him a little bit and then he attacked, we didn't do a real good job of keeping him from getting to the rim."
Wisconsin had multiple chances to cut into the Hoosier lead, but could not get the margin down to single digits in the second half. The Badgers appeared to be making one last run with three minutes left in the contest when they cut the Indiana lead to 64-53. But a costly turnover by Tucker gave the ball back to the Hoosiers and all but sealed the victory for IU.
One of the few bright spots for the Badgers was the play of sophomore guard Kammron Taylor off the bench. Just days after UW announced that fellow point guard Boo Wade is no longer a part of the Wisconsin program, Taylor scored a career-high 21 points. Taylor was one of the few Badgers that had any answer for the Hoosier defense and found a way to get to the line 11 times, making 10 of them.
Indiana freshman center D.J. White tallied 13 points while freshman forward Robert Vaden added 11.