Wisconsin plays Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament today. The Hoosiers upset the Hawkeyes in the second round last night, 95-73. The game tips at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on BTN.
G: Bronson Koenig (14.2 PPG, 2.0 APG)
G: Zak Showalter (8.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG)
F: Nigel Hayes (13.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.9 APG)
F: Vitto Brown (6.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG)
C: Ethan Happ (13.9 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.9 APG)
G: Josh Newkirk (9.2 PPG, 3.2 APG)
G: Robert Johnson (13.3 PPG, 2.5 APG)
G: James Blackmon Jr. (17.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
F: Juwan Morgan (7.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
C: Thomas Bryant (12.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG)
Wisconsin is 2-0 against Indiana on the season. The Badgers beat the Hoosiers 75-68 on January 3rd and 75-70 on February 5th. However, the Badgers may be meeting Tom Crean’s squad at the wrong time after last night’s 95-point outburst over Iowa.
James Blackmon had 23 points shooting on 4/5 from the three-point line last night. Blackmon led the Hoosiers in scoring this season at 17 PPG. He scored 10 points in the first matchup and missed the second game with an injury.
The key matchup will be the two sophomore big men, Ethan Happ and Thomas Bryant. Happ and Bryant are two of the best big men in D.C. this weekend.
“Move, just move,” Bryant said about being successful against Happ, who was named All-Big Ten earlier this week. “Obviously take what the defense gives me, you know. Keep reading the game, like coaches tell me to do. Keep reading the game, moving. I feel like our offense will flow right through.”
Wisconsin came out victorious in both games over Indiana. However, the second one, in the Kohl Center, was a fight until the very end. Friday night’s matchup, especially if Indiana’s talent has turned it around, will be another tough one for both teams. The Hoosiers have won three out of their last four, including a win over Northwestern, only losing a tough one at Purdue.
The Badgers got bounced in an upset in their opening game of last year’s Big Ten tournament by Nebraska. Wisconsin shot 16/53 from the field and 4/20 from the three-point line in that game.
This is the Badgers’ fourth time being the second seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They won the tournament as the #2 seed in 2004.
Tom Crean talked at length about the Badgers last night after their victory over Iowa.
The winner of Wisconsin-Indiana will face the winner of Northwestern-Maryland in the conference semifinal on Saturday.