Game Day Grades - Indiana

With a new starting lineup, which included Jon Leuer for the first time in 11 games, the Badgers rolled into Assembly Hall with a bit of swagger. By the time they walked out, they had an all out dominating victory to add to the collection. Badger Nation says goodbye to Tom Crean and hands out the grades.

It's report card time, and this is one to bring back to mom.

Offense: A

Thirteen turnovers were the only thing between the Badgers and an A+. Wisconsin managed to get hotter as the game progressed for once, and almost every shot they took was clean, fluid, and most importantly, not forced. All five members of the revamped starting lineup scored in double figures, with Trevon finally getting it going again to shoot 67 percent from the field and lead the Badgers with 17 points.

Tim Jarmusz showed that there were no hard feelings, hitting his customary one wide-open 3-ball of the game. You know it's a good night for the Wisconsin offense when the team shoots 73 percent from behind the arc. You also know it's a good night when the Badgers only put up 11 3-point attempts, bringing the mid-range game that went missing without Leuer back into their arsenal.

Defense: A+

Forcing 18 turnovers on the road is no easy task. Mix that with the nine blocked shots, led by Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil with four each, and you have a recipe for defensive dominance. Indiana is a prime example of the team that Wisconsin feasts on. They are generally small, young and inexperienced, and cough up the ball at an alarming rate. You would like to see the Badgers give up less than 14 offensive rebounds, but when Indiana is putting up enough bricks that they could build a full-size replica of the Chrysler Building, you would expect them to get a few back. Wisconsin held the overall edge in rebounding, so they get full credit. Extra credit was awarded for holding the Hoosiers without a made 3-pointer (0-5)

Coaching: A

It's probably a little easier to gameplan when you are up against a team that is taylor-made for a Badger beatdown. Not to mention watching the tape of the 28-point victory in Madison. I'm also sure Bo salivates at the opportunity to best his orange faced former in-state rival. Whatever the motive or reasoning behind it, Bo Ryan did everything he needed to do to be the last coach standing (literally, as Tom Crean was ejected with just under 9 minutes to play).

Game MVP: Trevon Hughes. Hughes managed a complete game from the shared point position. More importantly, he didn't hoist up some of the bad shots he had been taking. While it remains to be seen if that is a product of the large lead for most of the game, it is definitely encouraging to see. Honorable mention to the two-headed swatzilla monster that was Leuer and Nankivil (going a combined 12-21 from the field helped their cause as well).

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