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Also, over the intercom, it was just announced that Oladipo's long two-pointer is now a three-pointer. That gives Oladipo six points, and it's his first three-pointer since the March 5 loss to Ohio State. He's been 0-for-5 since then.
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Abell and Watofrd with back to back 3
Remy Abell has really been playing well this weekend. After a steal and a layup, he then drove inside and kicked it out to Creek to fed Watford for a three-pointer. On IU's most recent possession, Abell made a three from the same spot Watford did. IU leads, 20-16.
At the under-8 timeout, IU leads Wisconsin 21-16.
Oladipo still leads IU with six points (2-for-5 shooting), but Watford also has five now. Oladipo leads IU with three rebounds. Ryan Evans has a similar statline to Oladipo, with six points and three rebounds for Wisconsin.
Jared Berggren has two fouls. He finished yesterday's first half with one, but found himself in foul trouble in the second half. Even with him on the bench, Evans still figured out ways to score inside while helping to collapse the defense and make open shots for Jackson and Brust. It isn't the end of the world if Berggren has to sit for a few minutes today, but Zeller really should be able to take control inside without Berggren there.
Wisconsin scored its first 18 points of the game in the paint, but its past five have come from Brust outside the paint, including a three-pointer (after a Ferrell turnover) that gives Wisconsin a 23-22 lead.
More points outside of the paint for Wisconsin, as Bruesewitz knocks down a three. Wisconsin's on a 10-0 run and leads, 26-22.
For the record, sitting Zeller with Berggren in foul trouble isn't a terrible decision. Unless the five guys you're playing are that sloppy.
Got Zeller some rest, but he's coming back now.
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At the under-4 timeout, IU trails Wisconsin, 26-22.
Wisconsin's on a 10-0 run, all without Berggren on the court. At this point, IU's shooting 38.1 percent from the floor (8-for-21) and Wisconsin's shooting 54.5 percent (12-for-22). Ryan Evans leads all players with eight points and five rebounds. Wisconsin is outrebounding IU 14-9.
We finally have the game. What did I miss?
Gosh, just in time for halftime. Wisconsin started by attacking the post almost exclusively, and then abandoned the inside for outside jumpers. Both have worked, and Wisconsin has scored twice as many points in this half than it did in the first half yesterday. The Badgers are shooting 51.7 percent from the floor thus far.
Watford's flop was not convincing, but his shot was needed.
Remarkable stat: Three-point deficit matches Indiana's season worst.
Anyway, defense got really sloppy at the end of the half, but Cody Zeller did well to bring his team's offense around enough to close the gap to just three points.
Indiana has to stop Wisconsin from finding that inside-out offensive rhythm so easily.
So, we've reached halftime here, and IU trails Wisconsin 34-31.
IU is shooting 12-for-27 from the floor, but hit four of its final six shots. Oladipo and Watford lead IU with eight points apiece, shooting a combined 6-for-12 (and 3-for-4 from behind the arc). Apart from them, however, IU's shooting 6-for-15 (40 percent).
Wisconsin is shooting 51.7 percent (15-for-29), and has shown the ability to score inside and out. The Badgers' first 18 points came in the paint and the next 16 came from outside the paint.
Wisconsin is also outrebounding IU 17-12 and has IU doubled up on second-chance points (10-5). However, the Badgers have yet to shoot a free throw and no IU player has more than one foul. IU has made just three of its six free-throw attempts. Stick with us, as we'll have more after halftime. But maybe that was obvious.
Wisconsin opens the half on a 6-0 run, and IU's offense just looks a little unfocused and even a little confused. A couple times, Zeller has taken the ball 15 or more feet from the basket and had to drive or pass or figure out something to do with the ball. He's just not getting the ball in the right places thus far.
This is a script Indiana has read through before. Hoosiers just not capable of taking control away from Wisconsin.
Not a good start for the Hoosiers in the second half. Wisconsin's winning the first four and a half minutes, 6-2, and IU can't even seem to get anywhere near the basket.
Indiana really lacking an offensive engine right now. Wisconsin doing so much to remove Zeller, and no one else is stepping up.
What a great run!
And as I say that, Zeller scores four fast points, puts Wisconsin in a zone that Yogi Ferrell rips apart. Tie game.
7-0, to be exact. Zeller started to assert himself and found a couple creases, and Ferrell has been able to do that, too. It prompted a Wisconsin timeout, and it's a tie game.
Poor defensive rebounding has been a constant in some of Indiana's poorest performances. Hoosiers aren't protecting the glass well today.
Or the ball.
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