Wisconsin and Indiana face off in the third quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Tournament Friday in Washington, D.C., at 6:30 p.m. (ET) at the Verizon Center.
The 2-seeded Badgers will be playing their first game of the tournament after earning a double-bye, and enter the game as five-point favorites according to the WestGate SuperBook. During the regular season the Badgers went 2-0 vs. the Hoosiers, winning 75-68 on January 3 and 65-60 on February 5.
Indiana used a high-scoring regular season win over Ohio State as fuel to push them over seventh-seed Iowa during the second round of the tournament Thursday. While they didn’t score 96 points against the Hawkeyes, they came extremely close. The Hoosiers lit it up from the 3-point line, shooting 12-of-20 from deep including 6-of-8 in the second half to take down Iowa, 95-73, and likely ended the Hawkeyes’ NCAA Tournament hopes.
Junior guard James Blackmon Jr. led Indiana with 23 points after hitting four of his five 3-point attempts and going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Freshman forward Deron Davis chipped in 15 points with an extremely efficient game off the bench, shooting 7-for-7 from the field.
Wisconsin vs. Indiana basketball live updates, score from the 2017 Big Ten Basketball Tournament
Wisconsin basketball vs. Indiana game time, details
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Verizon Center (Washington D.C.)
TV channel: BTN
Odds: Wisconsin -5
Wisconsin vs. Indiana basketball preview
During the first matchup between these teams in Big Ten play, Indiana actually shot 53.1 percent from the field, outrebounded the Badgers 32-25 and made 5 of their 15 3-point attempts. That likely would have been good enough to get a win, had the Hoosiers not turned the ball over 13 times.
Wisconsin was able to take advantage of those mistakes, to the tune of 23 points off turnovers while only allowing nine Indiana points on their own seven turnovers. Additionally, Indiana couldn’t do much to slow down Ethan Happ, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter, who scored 19, 17 and 14 points, respectively.
In this first matchup, Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line.
When the teams met again on February 5, Indiana once again put the ball in the basket at a good clip, shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep, compared to a 39.6 FG% and a 23.5 3P% from Wisconsin.
However, this time the Badgers got the edge on the glass, rebounding the ball 33 times to Indiana’s 29, while the Hoosiers turned the ball over 15 times — two more TOs than the first game.
In this second matchup, Wisconsin once again showed that they could take down Indiana with a strong defensive effort. Happ scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, but it was the two big plays he made on the defensive end late in the game that really sealed the win for the Badgers.
Doing a better job of taking care of the ball will go a long way for the Hoosiers in this tournament game, although they still managed to blowout the Hawkeyes Thursday in spite of 17 turnovers. Shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc has a nice way of smoothing over the rougher areas of a team’s game, and if they can bring that kind of scoring into this third matchup vs. the Badgers, the odds improve dramatically.