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BOZICH: Why Hasn't IU Beaten Badgers? 3 Reasons

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The Wisconsin players celebrated in Assembly Hall after the Badgers won their 11th straight game against Indiana. The Wisconsin players celebrated in Assembly Hall after the Badgers won their 11th straight game against Indiana.

CHICAGO (WDRB) – Over the last two college basketball seasons, the Bo Ryan Juggernaut has actually lost 20 games.

To Florida by 18, to Creighton by 10, to mighty, mighty Virginia by six this season. Oh, and I'd better not forgot one other team. To Purdue by 13 on the Badgers' Senior Day two weeks ago.

Last season the list also included Iowa.

Twice.

Over the last two college basketball seasons, Tom Crean and Indiana have lost only 14 games. They won seven Big Ten games on the road this season.

At Ohio State. At Michigan State. At Michigan.

But Wisconsin has not lost to Indiana. The Hoosiers have not defeated the Badgers.

Why?

Bo Ryan backed away from the question like a four-digit dinner check when he was asked about the Badgers' dominance Friday afternoon at the Big Ten Tournament.

"I never, I don't know about anything that you're talking about," Ryan said. "We just ‑‑ what would I know about that?  I don't listen to anything, I don't go to anything, on my cell phone, you know, you're looking at a guy that just is looking at film with the sound down, I never listen.

"And I'm not saying that the announcers should be cut in pay because I don't listen, I just don't listen.  When they do tapes for me, DVDs, there's no sound. 

"So when you say anything about records or anything like that, (Wisconsin's media information guy) has numbers.  I don't.  I don't even think about those kind of things.  Never have.

"And people that know me will tell you that.  You know me."

Sure, Bo. You're a coach, not Jennifer Lawrence. You need work on selling your lines. Somebody else told your players to trot out the "Nine-and-oh," line after Wisconsin won at Indiana back in January.

The topic goes national Saturday because Indiana plays Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at 1:40 p.m. (EDT) at the United Center. It's Final Four day in the Big Ten because the second game is just as intriguing – Michigan State vs. Ohio State.

But back to Indiana-Wisconsin. Yes, the Badgers have actually won 11 straight against the Hoosiers. Yes the number is nine straight by Bo Ryan over Tom Crean. Wisconsin freshman Sam Dekker shouted the number after Wisconsin won in Bloomington (64-59) on Jan. 15.

The only numbers that need to be crunched are from the last two seasons. What Wisconsin did to Indiana during Crean's first three years? It's mostly irrelevant because IU wasn't beating many Big Ten teams.

The formula really isn't very complicated:

*Wisconsin does not let Indiana take or make threes. IU's three-point shooting has been remarkably consistent in the last three losses to Wisconsin. The Hoosiers have made the same number in all three games – 3 (3 for 8; 3 for 6 and 3 for 12 this season).

Typically, the Hoosiers make at least twice that. Will Sheehey has yet to make a three against the Badgers. Victor Oladipo has one. Seven of the nine threes have been made by Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford.

*Wisconsin does not let Indiana shoot a high percentage. The Hoosiers shot only 37 percent in the game at Assembly Hall, easily their lowest number this season. A year ago, Indiana shot 21 for 46 and 25-51 against the Badgers.

*Wisconsin does not turn the ball over. Make it 21 turnovers in three games. Never more than 8 in any game. In Big Ten play this season, Indiana has averaged forcing 13 turnovers a game.

There are your answers. I didn't even have to turn the volume up on my cell phone to figure it out, Bo.

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