Wisconsin vs. Indiana: Score, Grades and Analysis

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Wisconsin vs. Indiana: Score, Grades and Analysis
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Assembly Hall cares not about rankings, records or recent play.

Coming in off two losses in three Big Ten contests, unranked Indiana got 25 points from Yogi Ferrell and handed No. 3 Wisconsin its first loss with a scintillating 75-72 victory in front of a fired-up home crowd.

ESPN Stats & Info put some historical perspective on the victory: 

The Hoosiers shot just 28.6 percent from beyond the arc but were able to get to the hoop at will, as they shot 51.6 percent from the field and erased a 10-point second half deficit to improve to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in conference. 

Will Sheehey and Stanford Robinson each chipped in 13 points. 

Wisconsin was equally successful on the offensive end, shooting 53.3 percent from the floor behind 21 points from Traevon Jackson. But the Badgers hit a stretch of eight minutes in the second where they scored just five points. 

They fall to 16-1 and 3-1 in the Big Ten. 

In a matchup of Wisconsin's ball movement and shooting vs. Indiana's ability to drive to the rim at ease, both teams got pretty much whatever they wanted on offense. They combined to make the first nine shots of the game and shoot 54.4 percent from the field in the first half. 

John Gasser led the Badgers with nine points in the opening 20 minutes, while Sheehey scored all eight of his first-half points at the basket, including this dunk, courtesy of the Big Ten Network's Brent Yarina:

When the teams entered the locker room, Wisconsin held a tight 35-34 lead.

But Jackson caught fire to start the second period, hitting five of Wisconsin's first six shots for the Badgers. 

After Sam Dekker hit a three to push the Badger lead to 10, Indiana came storming back with a 12-0 run, capped by this Noah Vonleh bucket (courtesy of the Big Ten Network) to give the Hoosiers a 54-52 lead and send Assembly Hall into a frenzy:

From there, Ferrell put the Hoosiers on his back, scoring or assisting on six of the team's next seven baskets to help build a 70-65 lead with 2:06 remaining. 

It wouldn't be the Big Ten without drama, however. 

Frank Kaminsky scored seven straight points for Wisconsin to cut the lead to 73-72, but Ferrell knocked down a couple of late free throws and the Badgers weren't able to hit a three on their final possession, allowing the Assembly Hall crowd to storm the court. 

After the game Ferrell talked about the win via the Associated Press: "We've come very far, had a lot of early losses, but I felt like we learned from watching film. We've been working hard in practice, but we're not going to be content with it."

 

Player Grades

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin: B-

Dekker made an impact in several aspects of the game, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. 

That being said, it would have been nice to see the sophomore a little more aggressive on offense. Wisconsin's style tends to spread out the shots, but as one of the most talented players on the floor, Dekker should have been looking for his own offense a little bit more, instead of settling for jumpers.  

It was a decent game, but Dekker didn't shoot well and was quiet for too many stretches. 

 

Noah Vonleh, Indiana: B+

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For the first 30 minutes of the game, Vonleh hardly made an impact. He hit two early three's but subsequently disappeared on the offensive side of the ball, taking just three total field goals. He also had just one rebound over that span, which shouldn't happen considering his size and athleticism. 

But then he finally began to make an impact during the Hoosiers' second-half run. During one sequence, he had an offensive rebound and put-back on one possession and a dominant post move for a bucket on the next.

He played with far more energy down the stretch, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds. 

On the other hand, Vonleh's impact on the defensive end was there for the entire game. The stud freshman finished with four blocks and altered several other shots near the rim. 

 

Traevon Jackson, Wisconsin: A

21 points on 11 shots. Is that good? 

Jackson was remarkably efficient on the offensive side of the ball en route to a career night, making it look extremely easy in the process. 

Moreover, 16 of those points came in the second half. He poured in 11 at the very beginning of the half and then continued to knock down baskets when the rest of Wisconsin seemed to fall into a slump.

 

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana: A-

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Yogi made some tremendous plays and hit some huge buckets down the stretch on his way to 25 points. Additionally, he finished with four assists and zero turnovers, a remarkable number considering how much he handled the ball. 

Without Ferrell, Indiana doesn't win this game, and it's as simple as that. 

However, he wasn't perfect. Ferrell shot 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, and his willingness to keep shooting threes when Indiana was getting better shots around the rim was questionable. 

Still, in this case, the good out-weighed the bad. 

 

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