The offense looked great from the start and the Badgers never took their foot off the pedal as they scored seemingly at will against the Hoosiers. Senior guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon opened up the game with a flurry of threes and took control of the game early. The Badgers were able to get into the paint and finish around the rim as well.
Getting easy points in the paint had been a major issue for the Badgers since the injury of Jon Leuer. This afternoon, however, the Badgers were aggressive and actively attacked the basket taking advantage of sloppy interior defense by the Hoosiers.
Also, Bohannon came off of screens with authority and did not hesitate to pull the trigger from the perimeter. His confidence from the outside has been one of the underrated storylines of the season. In the past, Bohannon would occasionally come off of screens and despite being open; he would not be squared to the basket and he would hesitate to go up with the shot. This year, Bohannon has consistently looked for his shot coming off of screens and has not been afraid to shoot open shots no matter where he is on the court.
The Badgers played excellent team defense once again and were able to force the Hoosiers to take contested shots out of rhythm. The team did an excellent job helping on the Hoosiers dribble drives and made Indiana take tough shots from the perimeter.
Wisconsin also did an excellent job defending the pick and roll and while the Hoosiers did not have a player capable of going off such as the Illini's Demetri McCamey, the Badgers nevertheless positioned the wing defenders to appropriately defend the high pick.
The Badgers will need to continue to pinch the elbows on the high pick n roll as teams continue to emphasize this set while playing Wisconsin.
Bo Ryan had the Badgers prepared to beat the Hoosiers and Wisconsin easily dismantled Indiana to rebound from their first home loss of the season.
There really remains little to say about this game from the coaching stand point as the Badgers have superior talent, schemes, effort and precision in comparison to the Tom Crean coached Indiana Hoosiers.
Game MVP: Jason Bohannon. Bohannon continued his hot shooting and went for a career high 30 points. He has really stepped up this season and become the shooter that many expected him to be when he first arrived on campus. In his first few years, his confidence fluctuated and he was hesitant to take the shots required of a shooter capable of stretching the defense. Bohannon also has added a couple of quality dribble moves to his repertoire this year and has been able to gain separation from his defenders before rising up for the jumper.