Wisconsin Once Again Upsets Indiana To Go To Big Ten Championship Game

By Alex Dale
David Bansk- USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin surprised a lot of people with heir 68-56 upset win over Indiana Saturday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

Senior Ryan Evans led the Badgers with 16 points and eight rebounds, as the team shot 51 percent from the field. Sam Dekker, Jared Berggren and Ben Brust also scored in double-figures, as the slow-paced Badgers have been on a scoring tear as of late. After scoring just 17 points against Michigan in the first half Friday, Wisconsin has scored 51, 34 and 34 points in their last three halves.

Their defense has been just as good. They did not allow Indiana’s stars to kill them, holding Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo to just 23 combined points on 4-22 from the field. Indiana looked out of sorts when faced with Wisconsin’s stifling half-court defense, and never truly found a rhythm.

This is the second time Wisconsin has knocked off the Hoosiers this year. However, it still seemed very surprising that they controlled the pace of the game throughout. Wisconsin does not come across as an intimidating opponent, yet they now find themselves in the Big Ten championship game after beating two former No. 1 teams, in Michigan and Indiana.

The Badgers will now head in to the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State. They will also likely be underdogs again, as they have been in most of their big games and both of their tourney games.

There will a lot on the line for Wisconsin. Although Wisconsin is obviously already going to the tournament (thus the automatic bid would be meaningless), a win over Ohio State to claim the Big Ten championship could be very helpful in terms of seeding.

CBS Sport’s Jerry Palm, their bracketologist, had Wisconsin as a No. 5 seed as of Saturday. That seems conservative at this point, as I could see them moving up to a No. 4.  A win over Ohio State could certainly help their case to do so.

Heading in to the Big Ten Tournament, few people had Wisconsin as a team to watch. On Sunday afternoon, they will play to be crowned Big Ten champions.

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