March 10, 2017
The Hoosiers combined to go 21-of-42 (.500) from 3-point range in their two games at the Big Ten Tournament.
James Blackmon Jr. combined for 40 points (20.0 ppg) on 14-of-21 shooting (66.6%), including 7-of-11 (63.6%) from 3-point range in Indiana’s two games at the Big Ten Tournament. The junior also grabbed 16 rebounds (8.0 rpg) and totaled five assists (2.5 apg) in the two games.
Blackmon Jr. scored 17 points, his 27th game this season scoring in double figures.
Juwan Morgan scored 14 points, his eighth game with at least 10 points this season.
Robert Johnson scored 13 points, his 24th game scoring in double figures this season.
After scoring 10 points last night against Iowa, freshman Devonte Green scored 10 points again tonight against Wisconsin. After reaching double figures in just two games in the regular season, Green reached at least 10 points in back-to-back games here at the Big Ten Tournament.
Wisconsin dominated the last 7:59 of the first half, outscoring Indiana 14 to 5, turning a three-point deficit (22-19) into a 33-27 halftime lead.
Wisconsin improved its record to 3-0 against Indiana this season. It was UW’s 18th win over IND in its last 20 contests. The Badgers now are 22-16 in Big Ten Tournament games.
The Badger defense put the clamps on Indiana’s offense in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup. After scoring 95 points vs. Iowa on Thursday, Wisconsin limited the Hoosiers to just 60 points tonight. Indiana had 17 assists vs. Iowa, but could muster only seven assists against the Badgers. UW held Indiana’s sophomore center Thomas Bryant without a field goal, the first time that’s happened in his collegiate career.
Wisconsin converted 10 of its 22 3-point field goal attempts vs. Indiana. It was the 10th game this season in which the Badgers had 10 or more treys.
Senior Bronson Koenig added to his school record for career 3-pointers with four treys against Indiana. He now has a total of 241 3-point field goals.
Wisconsin held Indiana “three-less” from 13:01 of the first half to 12:18 of the second half, causing an 0-of-7 streak without a 3-pointer. During that span, Wisconsin turned a three-point deficit (IND 16-13) into a 47-37 lead. Indiana made four of its first five attempts from beyond the arc, but ended up the game 9-of-22.
Five Badger players scored in double-figures against Indiana— D’Mitrik Trice (13), Ethan Happ (14), Nigel Hayes (10), Bronson Koenig (16) and Zak Showalter (12). That happened only two other times this season, against Prairie View A&M and Marquette. Wisconsin won both of those games, too.
Happ’s double-double (14 points & 12 rebounds) was his ninth of the season.
With tonight’s victory, Wisconsin advances to Saturday’s semifinals where they will take on either No. 6 Northwestern or No. 3 Maryland at 3:30 p.m. EST. The Badgers are 6-4 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal round.