Jan. 15, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Cody Zeller registered his ninth career-double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but No. 2/2 Indiana fell to Wisconsin, 64-59, in Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Senior Christian Watford netted 11 points to go along with five rebounds, and junior Victor Oladipo tallied 10 points, five rebounds and a steal in the effort. Freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell scored nine points and added three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
"We played really hard," said head coach Tom Crean. "We are always going to play really hard. The energy was good we just over-helped sometimes. We stayed with the ball too long and we missed a few things with our coverages because their guards do a really good job of setting it up and then throwing it back to where it needs to be. We didn't need to over-help. We didn't need to have the extra man stay with the ball. Some of that is recognition, some of that is communication, but it was more recognition tonight."
The Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1) opened the game with a 3 from Oladipo, but held a close battle with the Badgers (13-4, 4-0) throughout the first half, exchanging the lead five times before a 3 from Watford with 23 seconds left on the clock sent Indiana into the break with a 32-31 lead.
Oladipo got things rolling for the Hoosiers in the second half with a three-point play at the 18:32 mark to give the Hoosiers a 35-31 lead. Wisconsin answered with a 7-0 run to take a 38-35 lead at the 15:59 mark, but the Hoosiers regained a one-point lead following a layup from Watford and pair of free throws from Ferrell with 14:52 to go. The Badgers fought back with a 13-2 run to take a 51-41 lead with 10:08 on the clock. A 10-1 Indiana run capped off by a 3-pointer from Ferrell brought the Hoosiers within one, 52-51, with 4:42 remaining. However, the Badgers held the edge for the remainder of the half en route to the 64-59 win.
"Cody had a tremendous first half, there was nobody who could really guard him," said Crean. "In the second half they went with more pressure and we still got the shots and went to the foul line, but we didn't do a great job rebounding when we missed. We weren't moving the ball like we should have or like we normally do. I think when we see the film it wasn't as much them as it was us. They played really well and I'm not taking anything away from the way they played, but we missed shots, especially the open ones, and we didn't guard the dribble the way we needed too. That's how they got the win."
The Hoosiers outrebounded Wisconsin, 37-28, and outscored the Badgers in second-chance points, 10-6. Indiana shot 84.7 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line and 37.0 percent (20-of-54) from the field.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 20 when it visits Evanston to take on Northwestern at 1 p.m. ET on the BTN.