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BOZICH | Indiana's (losing) streak continues against Wisconsin in OT

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Indiana played its fourth Big Ten road game at Wisconsin Tuesday night. Indiana played its fourth Big Ten road game at Wisconsin Tuesday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Two streaks entered, but only one could emerge as Indiana visited the Kohl Center to play Wisconsin Tuesday night.

Tom Crean’s team carried a 12-game winning streak into Madison, the second-longest streak in the nation. Wisconsin carried a 13-game home winning streak against the Hoosiers, who have not won in the Kohl Center since 1998 when Bob Knight was the IU coach.

Advantage, Wisconsin.

Although the Badgers needed five extra minutes – and 17 free throws by the unrelenting Nigel Hayes – to defeat the Hoosiers in overtime, 82-79. Hayes shot four more free throws (22) than the entire Indiana team.

"He was rested," IU coach Tom Crean said. "He got a chance to be on that foul line quite a bit. I would get a lot of confidence, too, if I was getting a chance to shoot a lot of free throws."

IU was outscored, 11-8, in overtime and failed to get a shot attempt in the final three seconds as the Badgers stole an inbounds by IU freshman OG Anunoby. IU did not lead in overtime, missing its first three shots.

It was Indiana’s first loss since Dec. 2 (at Duke) as well as the Hoosiers’ first stumble in the Big Ten. Iowa is 7-0, just ahead of the 7-1 Hoosiers, and the Hawkeyes have two wins over Michigan State and Purdue.

Indiana started the game playing the kind of defense the Hoosiers have played for the last two weeks. Wisconsin failed to score on its first four possessions as Indiana moved ahead, 5-0.

The defense didn’t last – and neither did the lead. The Badgers finished the first half shooting 52 percent. The Hoosiers put Wisconsin in the bonus with more than five minutes left in the half -- and coach Greg Gard's team was money at the foul line.

Indiana made less than 40 percent of its field-goal attempts early, missing five of its first seven three-point shots. Thomas Bryant made a flashy move from the top of the key – and missed an easy dunk, a miss that was critical by game's end.

Indiana scored the final seven points of the half – and still trailed, 35-34, after the first 20 minutes. The Hoosiers made 32 three-point shots in their last two games, but Wisconsin locked in around the perimeter.

Turnovers were the issue for Indiana in the second half. The Hoosiers threw the ball away five times in the first 2 ½ minutes. They finished with 19 – seven more than Crean expects his team to commit on the road.

"There were too many mistakes," Crean said. "When you're on the road, you've got to be able to put it away."

Coaches say defensive intensity matters most on the road. Indiana didn't have enough defensive intensity to stop the Badgers. Wisconsin shot better than 52 percent and became the first team to score more than one point per possession against IU in Big Ten play, averaging 1.093.

IU's defensive issues were also reflected in the foul and free throw differential. IU was called for 31 fouls, the home team 17. The Badgers shot 37 free throws, the visitors 18. "Certainly the 19 free throw differential is a head scratcher for me," Crean said. "We've got to continue to look at how we create more contact."

There were two Wisconsin players that Indiana could not defend. Both were post players – Hayes, a veteran from the Badgers’ Final Four team last season, and Ethan Happ, the reigning Big Ten freshman of the week. Collin Hartman and Thomas Bryant fouled out while struggling to contain those two Wisconsin players.

Happ and Hayes combined for 56 points, 31 by Hayes. Happ and Hayes made 17 of 27 field goal attempts. Hayes had only scored 15 points (and missed 10 of 13 shots) when IU beat Wisconsin in Assembly Hall earlier this month.

For Indiana, Yogi Ferrell continued to direct the offense, although he finished with season low of one assist. Credit Ferrell with 30 points. He made five of six three-point shots. He had an opportunity to win the game in regulation but missed a driving shot on the left side of the goal that was well defended by Hayes with two seconds to play.

Troy Williams scored 16 and Bryant 15.

The Hoosiers return to Assembly Hall to play Richard Pitino and Minnesota Saturday. IU defeated the Gophers in Minneapolis, 70-63, on Jan. 16, and Minnesota has lost its first eight Big Ten games.

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