Wisconsin Badgers Lack Effort on Defense, Upset By Indiana Hoosiers 75-72

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

All good things must come to an end. The 3rd ranked and previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers were upset Tuesday night 75-72 by the Indiana Hoosiers.

It was the first time the Hoosiers beat the Badgers since 2007.

Indiana’s point guard Yogi Ferrell was able to drive and score at will as Wisconsin showed little effort on the defensive end. After being benched during the second half, Ferrell took over and helped Indiana erase a 10 point deficit and take the lead with 9:12 left in the game. Ferrell finished the game with 25 points, leading all scorers.

The Badgers and Hoosiers exchanged punches most of the game. Both teams combined to hit the first nine shots of the game, with the Badgers connecting on their first seven. Wisconsin was able to hang on to a 35-34 lead at the half, with Josh Gasser leading the team with nine points.

The first half also saw the Badgers in early foul trouble as Traevon Jackson sat most of it with two fouls.

Jackson came out in the second half on fire, hitting his first five shots and helping the Badgers mount a 10 point lead with 13:27 left in the game.

Jackson finished the game with a team high 21 points, shooting 82% from the floor and 60% beyond the arc.

But Wisconsin went cold, not scoring for about four and a half minutes as Indiana was able to use that to their advantage and the crowd at Assembly Hall was loud as ever.

Indiana went up by as much as five with just over two minutes left as the Badgers were not able to retake the lead.

All five of the Badgers started were able to score in double figures, with Ben Brust scoring 13.

The story of this game however was the poor effort Wisconsin showed on defense. They were caught on their heels throughout the game and were out hustled and out rebounded by Indiana.

Will Sheehey and Stanford Robinson both scored 13 points to pace an Indiana squad that looked more ready to play than Bo Ryan’s team.

Up next for Wisconsin is a date with the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. That game can be seen on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Topics: Traevon Jackson, Wisconsin Badgers, Wisconsin Badgers Basketball, Yogi Ferrell

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