A Fitting Ending

The script couldn't be written any better for Wisconsin's four seniors, as each of them contributes at key points to lead the Badgers to their eighth-straight 19-win season with a 24-point blowout over Indiana.

MADISON - It was Joe Krabbenhoft's day.

Not only was the forward honored on senior day, along with Marcus Landry, Kevin Gullikson and Morris Cain, but Krabbenhoft also led with the Badgers with a career-high 19 points as Wisconsin (19-11 overall, 10-8 Big Ten) cruised past Indiana (6-24, 1-17) 85-61 on Sunday evening.

And while Landry struggled with his shot, the senior forward chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and tied a career-high with six assists.

The win marked the eighth-straight season that the Badgers, under head coach Bo Ryan's direction, won 19 games and the victory clinches fourth place in the conference, setting up a match-up with Ohio State on Friday afternoon of the Big Ten Tournament.

"I think the best is still ahead of us, which is a good thing and a scary thing for everyone else," Krabbenhoft said. "We just got to keep improving and getting better in practice. We're going to do all we can to be ready to go."

The Badgers were able to jump out to an early lead in the first half of Sunday's game against the Big Ten's last place team in the Hoosiers. Wisconsin ended the first half on a 14-3 run to head into halftime with a 40-23 lead.

Jason Bohannon sparked the Badgers in the early going with his outside shooting. The junior guard ended the game with three 3-pointers and 15 points.

Senior forward Gullikson also gave Wiscosnin a lift off the bench in the first half, scoring all seven of his points in the first half, most off of a baseline jumper.

"I thought Kevin came in and did a real good job there in the last few minutes of the first half," said Krabbenhoft of Gullikson. "He was a big lift off the bench today because Jon (Leuer) got in a little foul trouble and he came in and did what's he's been doing for four years. Just came in and brought a lot of energy."

Wisconsin didn't let up in the second half, either, as the Badgers worked up a large enough led to allow Cain to see action in his seventh game of the season and permitting Gullikson, Landry and Krabbenhoft to each leave the game with a standing ovation with 2:35 remaining.

"In the second half, there was a lot of action that resulted in fouls, a lot of free throws taken," said Ryan of the second half in which 31 total fouls were called, as opposed to 15 in the first half. "But we stayed true to our task. We were trying to take care of the ball and take good shots."

Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting in Indiana head coach Tom Crean's first return to Wisconsin after leaving Marquette last season.

Cain, Gullikson, Krabbenhoft and Landry were honored with a postgame video tribute, and each came away from senior night knowing they'll take a part of their Wisconsin basketball experience with them for the rest of their lives.

"I played with a lot of great guys and it's just been a dream come true," Krabbenhoft said. "I'm just happy to know everyone, have a good time and win a lot of games – win a couple championships."

More importantly, the Badgers will head into the Big Ten Quarterfinals in a near-lock position for an NCAA tournament bid, as UW has been able to shake off a six-game losing streak in January where its chances were questionable.

"Wisconsin has obviously, in the last month, they've been clicking on so many cylinders, with a lot of room to get better," Crean said. "They're good and I don't think you're going to find many people who are going to want to play them in the NCAA tournament."


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