BLOOMINGTON, IND. (AP) - Wisconsin is making Indiana its second home.
Even in basketball.
Ryan Evans scored 13 points, Traevon Jackson added 11 and the unranked Badgers used their typically deliberate, safe style to upset the second-ranked Hoosiers 64-59 and take sole possession of the conference lead.
Surprised? Not the Badgers.
“It’s huge you know,” Jackson said. “We’ll celebrate for 24 hours and then we got to get ready for Iowa. Just got to get ready for another one.”
The numbers tell the tale.
Wisconsin has won 11 consecutive games in this series, matching the second-longest streak of any school Indiana has played. The Badgers also won 11 straight over Indiana from 1912-19 and Purdue won 12 straight from 1908-14.
That’s not all.
The Badgers (13-2, 4-0) are the first team since 1923 to win a fifth consecutive game in Bloomington, matching a record achieved only three other times, most recently by Purdue, and they still have not lost to Indiana coach Tom Crean since he arrived in Bloomington in 2008.
And they got this win on a night that coach Bo Ryan was not feeling well and in the same state the Badgers have won their last two league championships in football.
“I really liked how hard our guys played, the adjustments our guys made on the court, I thought our assistant coaches did a great job in practice, getting us ready for this game because the head coach is a little under the weather,” Ryan said. “It’ like whoa! I feel like someone just took me in the corner and worked me over.”
If that’s not enough to convince the detractors, Wisconsin now has seven straight wins and two victories over Top 15 teams in the last four days by doing the same thing _ slowing the pace, taking advantage of opportunities and limiting the turnovers. That’s Badgers basketball.
Indiana, which moved from No. 5 to No. 2 in The Associated Press poll on Monday, looked nothing like its usual self.
The nation’s highest-scoring team finished with fewer than 60 points for the first time all season. One of America’s top shooting teams finished with a season-low 37 percent from the field. And the only Big Ten school with five players averaging in double figures only had three players score at least 10 points.
Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half when he was 8 of 8 from the field and finished with 10 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1). Christian Watford added 11 points and Victor Oladipo had 10.