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It's getting loud here at Assembly Hall as lineups are announced. IU just minutes away from tipping off against Wisconsin and we're chatting live as the Hoosiers and Badgers battle for first place in the Big Ten.
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Starters are the same for Indiana. Wisconsin sends out Brust, Bruesewitz, Berggren, Evans and Traevon Jackson.
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IU wins the tip.
The battle of distinctive and sometimes annoying hair is on...Christian Watford's beard vs. Ryan Evans' fade.
Good patience and ball movement gets Oladipo an open three, which he knocks down. The cheerleaders, mercifully, are gone.
Indiana out in a press.
That Oladipo three-pointer marked the first time in Big Ten play thus far that Christian Watford hasn't scored IU's first points.
Also, Zeller misses his first free-throw of the game and fans here groan...it looks familiar after a slew of missed foul shots in the second half against Minnesota.
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IU already taking some of those bad midrange shots Tom Crean wanted to avoid. Game being played at a decidedly Wisconsin-esque pace 3 1/2 minutes in.
Of course as I say that, Victor Oladipo forces a turnover, misses a layup and then gets fouled trying to put back the rebound. Hoosiers are leaving some points at the rim right now, although to be fair, Wisconsin's interior and rim defense are very good.
4-4 tie, 15:58 left in in the first half. Like I said, the Badgers want this pace.
Badgers' interior defense is challenging Oladipo through the first few minutes. He's missed both of his 2-point FGs, which he doesn't usually do. As of the Minnesota game, he led the nation in 2-point FG percentage, I believe.
Not a good shot from Evans. Had a teammate wide open in the corner.
I hate that pace
Zeller going right around Bruesewitz. Has five points already.
Berggren is getting torched. Zeller has nine.
Hollowell's playing smart tonight, making a driving layup on one possession and then passing up a contested three (which he sometimes takes) to drive and dish to Zeller for a score on the next possession.
IU trails, though, 19-18 at the under-12 timeout.
Well Wisconsin is winning, but it's doing it at a pace far more familiar and preferable to Indiana, as it's 19-18 Badgers at the under-12 timeout. Zeller has 11 points so far, and Berggren in particular has done nothing against him defensively. But the Hoosiers aren't getting out on shooters, and Wisconsin always has shooters.
10:19 left in the half, Badgers by one.
To this point, Wisconsin 8-of-14 from the floor so far.
Big sub change for IU, as Oladipo, Perea and Hulls all check in.
Indiana's offense is stagnating at the under-8 timeout. If you asked me, I'd tell you it was because this team needs a rhythm on offense, and Bo Ryan simply won't let that rhythm develop. But what do I know. Indiana has scored once in the last 3 1/2 minutes, 22-20 Wisconsin, 7:53 left in the half.
Wisconsin is outshooting IU 56 percent (9-for-16) to 40 percent (8-for-20) from the field thus far.
Hulls working in toward the basket tonight. Not sure if that's by design or something he's seeing.
Indiana so far displaying some of the issues Tom Crean wanted to avoid — sloppiness when trying to perhaps move too fast, giving Wisconsin clean second chances on offense.
Wisconsin is answering every surge of emotion in this building so far.
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