Playing Second Fiddle

With the struggles of his teammates surrounding him, senior D.J. White was not faced Thursday night, scoring a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 13-point loss to Wisconsin.

MADISON — Indiana forward D.J. White had his way with University of Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry and the other UW defenders Thursday night.

That sits just fine with the No. 13 Badgers, who still pounded the No. 11 Hoosiers 62-49 to soundly restate their dominance at the Kohl Center.

White, a contender for Big Ten Player of the Year, stole the show from freshman phenom Eric Gordon, muscling his way to 22 points and 17 rebounds, both game-highs. The 6-foot-9, 251-pounder physically beat up the Badgers like no opposing player has before this season, especially Landry, who ended up on the floor several times.

No problem for Landry, who was asked about the task of guarding a player who might be better suited as a Big Ten defensive lineman.

"No, I'm a warrior," Landry said. "I'm not going to give in to that one. I'm going to go into practice again tomorrow and work my butt off again."

The Hoosiers simply didn't get enough help around White, save for Gordon's 16 points – 12 of which came after Wisconsin had already built up a 20-point cushion.

And it should be noted that Landry, while his stats aren't as eye-popping as White's, had himself a career night as well. The junior forward had a career-best 11 rebounds to go with 14 points, his first double-double as a Badger.

Funny thing is, the focus was on Landry's defense rather than his offense.

"D.J.'s going to get some buckets," UW coach Bo Ryan said. "I really liked our defensive effort in trying to get them to take shots that they weren't quite as comfortable with."

White, with seven offensive boards, wasn't totally eaten up by Landry's nine defensive rebounds. But Landry wasn't alone on the back end, getting help from junior forward Joe Krabbenhoft's 12 rebounds.

"Our gameplan was to play solid Wisconsin defense," Krabbenhoft said. "We did a good job. Even though D.J. White had 22 and 17, we got him a little frustrated at times."

Making the most of things

Greg Stiemsma's role has diminished in his senior season, averaging just 11.4 minutes per game.

But the 6-foot-11 center has made the most of his court time when giving starting center Brian Butch a breather. In just 10 minutes against the Hoosiers, Stiemsma got five rebounds – four on the offensive side – along with four points and a pair of blocks.

"Greg doesn't change," Ryan said. "He's going to go out there and give his effort on the glass, and be a presence. That's what we've asked, and that's what he's tried to deliver."

Sampson's impressed

In his first visit the Kohl Center, IU coach Kelvin Sampson – he of the 493 career victories – offered glowing remarks.

"We've been pretty good on the road against the teams we've played," Sampson said. "But Wisconsin's really good. (The Kohl Center) is pretty impressive. Beautiful, beautiful facility. And they have a great crowd."

Sampson's team certainly didn't benefit from visiting Madison during ESPN's "Student Spirit Week", which when combined with the big-time matchup of No. 11 Indiana and No. 13 Wisconsin, made for a boisterous Kohl Center crowd.

"Sometimes you go to places where the crowd fits the team," Sampson said. "I don't know if that makes sense, but the way they play fits this crowd. They really appreciate it."

Sampson then added some extremely high praise for the Badgers; a flattering comparison to the Wisconsin squad that was 30-6 a season ago with a stint at the No. 1 ranking.

"I told Bo, I think his team this year, is maybe not as glamorous – although I don't think glamorous really describes his team," Sampson said. "They're a little different. But they're good, I like his team this year almost as good as last year's team."

Game Notes

Brian Butch scored just eight points, but snapped out of his three-point shooting funk with a 2-for-3 night. The Badgers had a terrible, horrible, awful, no-good, very bad day otherwise from beyond the arc, shooting 1-for-17

IU senior guard A.J. Ratliff, who tallied 20 points in last year's 71-66 win over Wisconsin, played just five minutes Thursday and did not score

This marks the seventh consecutive UW win over Indiana in Madison. The Hoosiers last won here in 1998

The Big Ten Conference now boasts a trio of 7-1 teams (Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue) and one 6-1 squad (Indiana).

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