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Indiana can tie it at the under-4 timeout, and hey look, it's a national champion IU men's soccer team. This pleases the crowd.
27-26 Wisconsin with 3:27 left in the half, Zeller with an after-make foul shot to take. Berggren has two fouls.
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Hulls is among the greatest offenders in the playing-too-fast crime at some points this half.
Will Sheehey is 0-for-3 from the floor tonight. He went scoreless in IU's last game, which was the first time this season. His shots look good out of his hand, but just aren't falling.
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Watford his a wide open 3-pointer in transition. Probably as good of a look on the run as IU has manufactured all night. Bo calls a quick timeout with 20.8 seconds left to talk over the final possession of the half. Indiana leads 32-31.
So IU leads 32-31 at the half, and Zeller has 18 and three rebounds. I do wonder, though, if Wisconsin wants that, or at least is OK with that, considering that Zeller has gotten so much offense that the ball hasn't worked its way back outside enough. Outside of Zeller, no one has more than five points, and Indiana has taken just five 3-pointers.
Hoosiers won the rebounding battle 19-10 in that half, and they've turned the ball over just six times.
Very evenly matched first half. IU leads 32-31, and both teams shot 13-for-28 from the floor.
There are a couple glaring differences, however. Cody Zeller has 18 points, while Wisconsin has spread out its scoring much more. For example, Wisconsin's starters have scored 20 points, and Zeller himself has nearly that many.
Another big discrepancy is the rebounding battle, which IU is definitively winning. The Hoosiers have outrebounded the Badgers 19-10, and 8-3 on the offensive glass.
Indiana back out onto the court with five minutes left in the halftime interval. Perhaps not a long talk for the Hoosiers.
Can't believe I am saying this, but less Cody, more outside shooting. The opportunities are there. Defense has been awful.
Teams trade empty possessions to start the second half, then Watford draws fouls away from the basket on the third.
Then Oladipo hits a driving layup and is fouled.
Like I said, offense has been going to him, not through him. Throws off the rest of the offense.
Ferrell and Zeller battle for a defensive rebound and knock it away from each other. Coaches and players have been talking about the importance of defensive communication, and there's an example of it not being there.
Sloppy start to the second half shooting-wise, as both teams combine to shoot 5-of-14 to start. Wisconsin has surged ahead a little bit, as IU is making some poor mistakes and taking some bad shots. All of this is a little bit overblown, but the second half certainly has yet to take on a distinct feel. 38-37 Badgers, 15:13 left in the game.
Wisconsin already has four team fouls, IU none.
Berggren has three, by the way.
There's no bite in IU's press right now. None.
Indiana now down eight, and the Hoosiers seem to be slowly fading. This is very real danger time for Indiana. Wisconsin is in control of the pace and the game, and if Indiana doesn't push back soon, then the Badgers can control this one down the stretch, and Bo Ryan teams are nothing if not excellent game managers.
11:58 left, Bucky up 47-39.
IU's shooting just 2-for-10 from the field and have no second-chance points, no points off turnovers and no points in transition. Other than the foul battle, this has been a rough first eight minutes for IU.
Not sure exactly what's not working for Indiana defensively in the second half, but the Hoosiers just aren't getting it down. Way, way too much getting beat off the dribble. Way too much.
Watford takes it inside for a bucket, and this crowd erupts. And then a little more when Zeller gets a steal. And more when Oladipo hits a shot. IU down six.
IU looking a little better on defense in the past couple possessions, forcing contested shots and boxing out. IU's down six with eight minutes to go.
Indiana has the momentum, but it's not quite capitalizing on it. Wisconsin up six, game really in the balance with 7:51 left. Hoosiers are getting more good looks than bad ones, and the press has really turned up. Need to make the next 3-4 minutes about speeding the game up, forcing the ball into the hands of players who do not want to dribble it (RYAN EVANS ALERT).
51-45 Wisconsin, 7:51 left.
Game is entirely in the balance right now. Zeller hits one of two free throws to cut the deficit to four.
Zeller with a great play to save Hulls from committing a turnover, turns around, draws the foul, but still can't finish.
Next offensive possession, Ferrell is left open and hits a three. IU's now down just one with four minutes to go.
Whoa buddy. This is good basketball. Indiana's shooting has improved, and it's forced its way to the free-throw line. Hoosiers need to be more alert on the defensive glass, but they're now in the double bonus, so if they hit their free throws, they can put points into Wisconsin without the clock running.
54-51 Wisconsin, 3:39 left.
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