Quick thoughts of losing 80-73 double overtime in Wisconsin:
How did it happen: It seemed that for an eight-minute stretch Indiana could escape from the center of Cole in the first half on Thursday night. After the Hoosiers led 1
This late run in the first half led to a strong offensive performance in the second half. The Husseins spotted Trace Jackson-Davis early and often, and the big sophomore went to work. Wisconsin seemed visibly disappointed at times, trying to defend it, and by 5:55, Indiana was leading 56-50. The Husseins found little resistance on both drives, or on reaching the rim, which led to 44 points in the paint in the evening. After a 7-0 run at Wisconsin gave the Badgers a 57-56 lead, Rob Phinisee responded with a left wing with 3 points to give the IU a 59-57 cushion of 1:27 per game. Wisconsin responded with a pair of free throws from D’Mitrik Trice to equalize at 59, before Jerome Hunter responded with a dip to return IU 61-59 with 37.8 seconds per game. Tris responded with a heavy blow to the tape, creating a chance for IU to gain final possession. Jackson-Davis got a pretty good look on the rim and couldn’t finish sending the game for overtime.
The long time started with a 3-point for Leal, to which Wisconsin responded with 3-points for Brad Davison. No team would score again until Hunter scored 1:50. Wisconsin turned it into a subsequent possession, but Hunter brought a questionable 3-point from a timeout. Tris responded with a triple with just 1:02 to play to give Wisconsin a 67-66 cushion. Durham missed a jumper with a declining clock on the next possession, but Indiana forced a draw, and Durham then hit and fouled for a 3-point game with 26.4 seconds to play for a 69-67 lead. Tris responded with a jump of 11.1 seconds per game. Indiana called a pair of timeouts, but did not receive a blow, as Davison equalized Durham. Davison then missed a runner in the buzzer to create a second sequel.
Indiana’s inability to complete the game in regulation and overtime proved costly. Tyler Wall hit a 3-point pair to give Wisconsin a 77-70 lead, which put the game out of range.
Exceptional performer: Jackson-Davis was great in 49 minutes, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Leille also had a nine-point break in 35 minutes.
Statistics that stand out: Indiana was overtaken by 10 points on the free throw line and by 13-7 points difference.
Final IU individual statistics:
Final statistics without pace:
Filed in: The Wisconsin Badger