New Found Identity

Adding the offensive touch to his vast array of talented weapons, senior Joe Krabbenhoft is one of the main reasons while the Badgers have won a season-high five-consecutive games.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Even despite his recent outburst, Joe Krabbenhoft maintains he doesn't feel like a main scoring threat.

Sure Joe, whatever you say.

Averaging 10.5 points per game during Wisconsin's last four victories, Krabbenhoft doesn't care where the production comes from as long as the Badgers leave the arena with a mark in the left-hand column.

Thanks to Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin left Assembly Hall with top marks.

The senior forward shot 7-for-11 from the floor on his way to scoring a career-high 18 points, 11 of which came in the decisive second half, to help the Badgers earn a solid 17-point road win over Indiana.

For a guy that doesn't view himself as a high scorer, the senior has led the Badgers in scoring four times this season, one more than Jason Bohannon.

"This is a pretty cool place to play," Krabbenhoft said. "To go out with a win last year in dramatic fashion and this year to get it done with Wisconsin basketball, I'm proud of my team."

Krabbenhoft did the majority of his damage in the paint, taking feeds from the perimeter and finishing with either a turn around jumper, a hook shot from the paint or a sliding lay up underneath the Hoosier defense.

With the way his team was operating around him and the extra attention Indiana gave senior Marcus Landry in the post and junior Jason Bohannon on the perimeter, it was like clockwork with Krabbenhoft's production being the end result.

"He attracted so much attention that we were open for looks," Krabbenhoft said of Landry. "It probably went pretty unnoticed, but they were really focused on him. He just kept doing a great job of working."

So did Krabbenhoft, who once again filled up the stat sheet for the Badgers. In addition to his point production, Krabbenhoft led UW with five rebounds, two steals, two assists and no turnovers.

"You have to pick your spots and Joe is pretty clever at recognizing that," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "He was solid tonight."

Never one to talk about himself, Krabbenhoft was quick to pass praise to junior guard Trevon Hughes, who finished with 21 points and led with four assists. As a team, the Badgers only committed seven turnovers compared to 15 by the Hoosiers.

With Krabbenhoft being productive on the inside, Hughes was the beneficiary of open looks on the perimeter and holes in the defense, shooting and cutting his way to a season high in points.

"It opens up the floor," Hughes said. "That's how it helps us. They can't double down on one guy and leave someone open. It's definitely tough because any given night, my shot is not going to be falling. It was clicking tonight."

Taking the advice of departed guard Michael Flowers, who said he enjoyed going on the road his senior year and leaving each arena a winner. So far in his tenure, Krabbenhoft has left 10 Big Ten arenas as a winner. He'll get a chance to check the last one off the list – Michigan State's Breslin Center – on Sunday.

"That's the next game on the list," he said. "We're not hyping it up to be any bigger than it already is because we know what a win would do for us. It's 20 minutes after the game and I am excited to play them."


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