Wisconsin basketball plays against Indiana on Tuesday, Jan. 2. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin-Indiana basketball score: Recap
Wisconsin 71, Indiana 61 (Final): Wisconsin picks up its fifth consecutive victory and jumps back into Big Ten play with a huge win against Indiana. The Badgers are now 9-7 and continue to demonstrate improvement. This was an even more impressive victory considering the Badgers didn’t have starting shooting guard Brevin Pritzl, who missed the game with a head injury. Ethan Happ needed to play at an All-American level, and he did, finishing with a season-high 28 points and 9 rebounds. He also had plenty of help. Brad Davison scored 14 points, and Khalil Iverson finished with 10. Wisconsin will travel to play at Rutgers on Friday.
Wisconsin 64, Indiana 53 (3:23, 2nd): Brad Davison hits a jumper in the lane to extend Wisconsin’s lead to double digits. Ethan Happ is producing a monster game with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Brad Davison has 12 points and Khalil Iverson 10. The Badgers are on their way to picking up a nice win that they desperately needed.
Wisconsin 58, Indiana 49 (6:42, 2nd): Wisconsin is beginning to pull away, as Brad Davison buries a 3-pointer and then forces a stop on the defensive end. Ethan Happ is up to 23 points, and Davison has 10. The Badgers also are finally getting some defensive stops. Big turnaround after a slow first half.
Wisconsin 51, Indiana 45 (11:41, 2nd): The Badgers have found some breathing room at the Kohl Center. Ethan Happ continues to be the star of the show with 19 points and 5 rebounds. But he’s received help from teammates. Aleem Ford has 9 points and has buried 3 3-pointers. Nice turn of events for Wisconsin, and the crowd is getting into the game.
Wisconsin 44, Indiana 42 (13:52, 2nd): Wisconsin has battled back and taken the lead on an Aleem Ford 3-pointer. Ethan Happ has 17 points, Khalil Iverson 8, Ford 6 and Brad Davison 5. This looks like a game that could go down to the final possession.
Indiana 33, Wisconsin 30 (Halftime): Wisconsin closed the half with three players on the floor who are either current walk-ons or former walk-ons (Aaron Moesch, T.J. Schlundt and Walt McGrory). That should say something about the Badgers’ depth issues, but they’re hanging in here at halftime. Ethan Happ leads all scorers with 15 points.
Indiana 28, Wisconsin 24 (3:08, 1st): Ethan Happ has 10 points and Khalil Iverson 5 points, but nobody else has scored more than 3 points for the Badgers. Wisconsin could really use this victory considering how many difficult games remain on the Big Ten schedule, but it won’t come easy tonight.
Indiana 23, Wisconsin 18 (7:44, 1st): Aleem Ford, T.J. Schlundt and Nate Reuvers each have buried a 3-pointer to keep the Badgers in the game. Ethan Happ still leads Wisconsin with 7 points. But Indiana is shooting 10 of 15 from the field (66.7 percent). The Badgers’ defense has to be better to hang in here.
Indiana 14, Wisconsin 10 (11:52, 1st): That was a rough stretch for Wisconsin, which is struggling to score early in this game. Wisconsin has been held scoreless over the last 2:45, and Ethan Happ is the only player who can impose his will. Happ has 7 points and Nate Reuvers 3. Badgers point guard Brad Davison is 0 of 4 from the field.
Wisconsin 8, Indiana 4 (15:53, 1st): Badgers forward Ethan Happ is off to a strong start with 5 points and 2 rebounds. No surprise that Indiana is double-teaming Happ whenever he dribbles the ball into the post. Happ made the Hoosiers pay with a nice kickout to Nate Reuvers, who buried a 3-pointer from the left wing. Badgers coach Greg Gard will have to rely a bit more heavily on his starters for minutes tonight without Brevin Pritzl.
5 p.m. CT: Big news before the Wisconsin-Indiana game. Badgers starting shooting guard Brevin Pritzl is out with a head injury, and freshman forward Nate Reuvers will start in his place. Wisconsin is extremely low on backcourt players without Pritzl. The Badgers already don’t have Kobe King, who is out for the season (left knee), and D’Mitrik Trice, who is recovering from right foot surgery. Wisconsin will have to shuffle around its more versatile frontcourt players into off-guard spots, particularly Aleem Ford and Khalil Iverson.
Wisconsin-Indiana basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Indiana play at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Date: Tuesday, Jan 2
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Indiana basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Indiana will play on ESPN.
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Wisconsin-Indiana basketball preview
Wisconsin easily handled UMass-Lowell 82-53 on Saturday to win its fourth consecutive nonconference game and rise above the .500 mark. Forward Ethan Happ and guard Brevin Pritzl each scored 18 points, while Aleem Ford added 10 points.
Over Wisconsin’s four-game winning streak, the Badgers’ offense has gained steam, averaging 81.5 points per game. Wisconsin has shot over 40 percent from the field in each game, shooting a combined 54.0 percent. Still, the Badgers’ 8-7 record is unusual. The last time Wisconsin was 8-7 through 15 games came in 2001-02, which was Bo Ryan’s first season as coach. That team finished 19-3 and claimed a share of the Big Ten championship.
Wisconsin is still adjusting without guards Kobe King and D’Mitrik Trice. King underwent left knee surgery and is out for the season. Trice had surgery on his right foot and has yet to return. The backcourt now consists of Brad Davison and Pritzl as starters, with T.J. Schlundt and freshman walk-on Walt McGrory off the bench. McGrory was held scoreless in 21 minutes against UMass-Lowell, while Schlundt tallied 5 points in 7 minutes.
Wisconsin has played arguably the most difficult schedule in the country. The Badgers have played eight games against teams ranked in the KenPom top 75, which is the most in the nation.
The Badgers have lost seven games this season but have been within minutes of winning four of them. In those four games, Wisconsin was tied or within 2 points with 2 minutes remaining.
Happ continues to dominate for Wisconsin. He is the only major-conference player averaging at least 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Happ also is the Big Ten’s only player leading his team in points, rebounds and assists.
Davison is second on the team with 11.7 points per game. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman season.
Wisconsin has won 15 consecutive home games against Indiana and 18 of the last 20 meetings overall. Happ is averaging 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in five games against the Hoosiers.