Our Hoosiers will look to bounce back tonight after a disappointing loss last time out at Assembly Hall at the hands of Purdue. Getting things back on track will be no small feat, as Indiana will take on #11 ranked Wisconsin Friday night. The Badgers are a tough opponent as is, but playing them on their home court will undoubtedly make things more challenging. One noticeable concern that is always evident while watching IU is their inability to control the glass. The team has been out-rebounded by opponents this season, which is inexcusable when you consider the size advantage they have down low on most nights. This has been one of the Hoosiers' biggest obstacles and hopefully we do see that change throughout the rest of the season.
The Badgers come into this one at 13-4 overall for the season and 5-1 in Big Ten Conference play (1st place). Their first loss in conference play came Tuesday night against Penn State by a score of 87-83. Prior to Tuesday night, Wisconsin's losses came against top ranked teams like Arizona (who was ranked #1 at the time) and Tennessee (who was ranked #9 at the time). Their most disappointing loss came at the hands of a mediocre Providence team. Their strength of schedule is ranked 4th in the NCAA and is a strong reason for their present national ranking.
The leading scorer for the Badgers is sophomore guard AJ Storr who averages 15.3 PPG. Trailing behind him is junior forward Steven Crowl and senior Forward Tyler Wahl with 12.0 and 11.7 PPG, respectively. The leading rebounder for Wisconsin is 7-footer Steven Crowl and his 7.8 boards a game. Crowl will be yet another test for Kel'el Ware in the Hoosiers' ongoing slate against Big Ten big men.
The Hoosiers need to put a solid road win into the record books. The Hoosiers have played a trio of top-5 ranked teams leading up to this one, so the young team does have a bit of collective experience squaring off with elite opponents. While struggling on the road this year we have to hope that the team can find the leadership it needs and add a tally to the win column.
The game is being broadcasted on FS1 at 8:30 PM EST and will be played at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.