A sea of long, somber faces walked out of Assembly Hall late last night after a disappointing battle between the Hoosiers and Badgers.
Only Monday were the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1) deemed the No. 2 spot, but last night’s performance didn’t quite reach those expectations. The 64-59 loss for the Hoosiers against the unranked Badger’s was unexpected, especially with the game housed at Assembly Hall. But the Wisconsin team came to play, knew what they wanted, and they got it.
The Badgers now have 11 straight wins against Indiana, and because of last night, hold first place in the Big Ten. With four players in double digits, Wisconsin (13-4, 4-0) simply made the shots that we didn’t.
There is no doubt some Hoosier fans are blaming the officiating. Sitting in the balcony, my fellow students were pretty feisty. I was almost sure I was going to get an unintentional elbow at some point. But the fact that the Hoosiers shot a measly 37% from the floor… Now that’s unbelievable.
Going off that sad statistic, we probably picked the wrong game to set season lows for assists, blocks, field goals made, field goal percentage, steals, three-pointers, three-point percentage, and total points.
But the entire 40 minutes was still a see-saw between the two teams. Cody Zeller led the Hoosiers with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but with a surprising 1-7 in the second half thanks to inside pressure from the Badgers. And the bench wasn’t much help either contributing two whole points to the game.
But no need to worry. March Madness is still right around the corner.
The Hoosiers head to Northwestern on Sunday, January 20th at 1:00pm.