Now in sole possession of first place thanks to Maryland’s 73-72 loss to Purdue on Saturday, Wisconsin will face Indiana in Madison, Wis., on Sunday as it tries to stay atop the pack.
The combination of Indiana as an opponent and the Kohl Center as a venue has been a good one for the Badgers, considering they haven’t lost to the Hoosiers at home since the Kohl Center’s inaugural year in 1998. Since then, it has been 14 straight home victories for the Badgers.
The Badgers were victorious earlier this season on Jan. 3 in Bloomington, Ind., pulling away late to win, 75-68. Indiana has struggled since that game, with three losses, including back-to-back blowouts at the hands of Northwestern and Michigan.
However, the Hoosiers might be feeling on the right track after a triple-overtime win against Penn State on Wednesday. Currently residing somewhere near the bubble, a win against the Badgers in Madison would go a long way for Indiana come Selection Sunday. It would at least energize a team that faces a daunting schedule for the rest of the regular season.
Indiana basketball vs. Wisconsin game time, details
Date: Sunday, Feb. 5
Time: Noon CT/1 p.m. ET
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
The line: Wisconsin is an 11-point favorite.
What TV channel broadcasts Indiana basketball vs. Wisconsin?
The game will be on CBS.
How can I watch Indiana basketball vs. Wisconsin online?
CBS will live-stream the game at CBSSports.com, as well as on the CBS Sports app.
How can I listen to Indiana basketball vs. Wisconsin on the radio?
The Wisconsin call for the game will be on Badger Sports Network. A list of affiliates can be found here and the game can be listened to online here. The online stream for Indiana’s call will be streamed here and Indiana’s affiliates are listed here.
Who will be on the call for CBS?
Carter Blackburn and Clark Kellogg will be behind the microphone.
Indiana basketball vs. Wisconsin keys to the game
Not 100 percent
Injuries have ravaged Indiana in recent weeks, with OG Anunoby out for the season after undergoing knee surgery and James Blackmon Jr. out indefinitely, per Josh Margolis of Inside the Hall. If Blackmon is indeed out for Sunday, then that would leave Indiana without its premier defender in Anunoby and the Big Ten’s leading 3-point shooter in Blackmon.
Cleaning the glass
If there’s something to be hopeful about for Indiana, it’s that they are one of few teams to outrebound Wisconsin in a game this season. The Hoosiers managed to win that battle 32-25 earlier this season and will likely need to do so again to pull off the upset. That will be difficult to do again though, because Ethan Happ remains dominant and was just named as a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
Attack the ball
Indiana does plenty of things well on offense, but turnovers have been a continued source of frustration this season (okay, several seasons under Tom Crean). The Hoosiers rank 313th out of 351 teams in turnover percentage with a 21.2 mark, per KenPom.