March 9, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points, including a double-double from junior Christian Watford, but it wasn't enough as the No. 15/15 Indiana men's basketball team fell to No. 14/12 Wisconsin, 79-71, in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Watford recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double in the last four games. Junior Jordan Hulls added 17 points and freshman Cody Zeller scored 17 points in the effort.
The Hoosiers (25-8) jumped out to a 13-11 lead early in the first half, but a 17-4 Wisconsin run gave the Badgers (24-8) a 28-17 lead with 10:21 to go in the half. Indiana answered with a 14-8 run to close out the half and head into the break down, 36-31.
After a Ryan Evans layup to open the second half, Indiana outscored the Badgers, 10-4, to cut the lead to one, 42-41, with 15:40 on the clock by way of a layup from Hulls and a free throw from Victor Oladipo after he was fouled on the run following a Zeller steal. However, the Badgers responded and regained a seven-point lead, 48-41, with 14:46 to go. Indiana kept fighting back and answering each Wisconsin run, cutting the lead to one two more times, but the Badgers kept the edge and sealed the 79-71 on free throws late.
Hulls sank 7-of-10 from the field for his 17 points and added two assists and two rebounds. Watford made 5-of-10 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3 and 5-of-5 at the free throw line for his 17 points. He added 10 rebounds, nine on the defensive glass, to go along with an assist. It was his 12th career double-double. Zeller made 5-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line for his 17 points. He added one offensive rebounds and one steal. Sophomores Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey combined for 13 points. Oladipo grabbed five boards, three on the offensive glass, and added four assists. Freshman Remy Abell netted five points and grabbed two rebounds.
Indiana shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51) from the field, 50.0 percent (3-of-6) from the 3-point line 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free throw line. The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 30-28, and outscored the Badgers in the paint, 24-18, and on second chance points, 11-8.
The Hoosiers will await Sunday's Selection Show for the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. For updates, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.