The No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (11-5, 3-3 B1G) were pummeled in the second half in easily their worst performance of the season on both ends of the court in a 63-45 loss in Bloomington to the Indiana Hoosiers (11-6, 2-4 B1G).
Missing Tyler Wahl for the third consecutive game is not the only reason for UW’s three-game skid, but it’s been a major factor as opponents Power Forwards have hurt Wisconsin in all three games. Illinois’ Coleman Hawkins had 20 points and five rebounds, Michigan State’s Joey Hauser had 20 and 8, and today Indiana’s Jordan Geronimo had 12 and 11.
Steven Crowl has continued to struggle as he hit just 2-of-8 from the field and missed both of his 3-point attempts badly and was a brutal 1-of-4 at the free throw line. He also had three turnovers.
Connor Essegian finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, but Indiana did a good job defensively on him as he struggled a bit making 4-of-13 from the field.
It was a tough shooting day for Wisconsin. UW shot 18-of-56 (32.1%) from the field, 5-of-24 (20.8%) from 3-point range and a brutal 4-of-11 (36.4%) at the free throw line.
I do think people are overreacting quite a bit. Wisconsin is among the top two teams in the Big Ten with a healthy Tyler Wahl, and it’s really not even close if we’re being honest.
Time for UW to watch the film, learn from it and throw it away and focus on next.
Wisconsin will host the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-5, 3-3 B1G) on Tuesday, January 17th. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).
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