Indiana Hoosiers: Win Over Wisconsin a Huge Statement Victory

By Eric Smith
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Hoosiers have had a struggling season thus far. Entering tonight’s game against the Wisconsin Badgers, the Hoosiers already had five losses and realistically played their way out of the NCAA Tournament if it started today. They were searching for a signature victory to put them back in and send them on their way for a good season.

That may have happened tonight.

Indiana (12-5, 2-2) upset the third ranked Badgers (16-1, 3-1) 75-72 this evening and made a huge statement to the rest of the nation, including themselves.

Wisconsin was one of only four undefeated teams left the country entering tonight and has shown to be the best Badgers team in the history of their program. They have proven they can score in bunches, yet still play the same in-your-face defense.

Also, Indiana hasn’t beaten Wisconsin in nearly six years as their last win came on Jan. 31, 2007 in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers were 0-12 since that win, including two defeats to the Badgers last season while Indiana was a national championship threat.

What they proved tonight sent a message.

Not only did Indiana beat an undefeated top five ranked team, but they finally got over the hump against a team that’s had their number since Tom Crean landed at IU.

Let’s face it, Indiana just couldn’t beat Wisconsin and it was frustrating. It seemed like they would never beat them again.

The Hoosiers out-played Wisconsin all night and even looked to be the better team. They finally found a way to beat Wisconsin and get over the hump. This could be the victory that leads this team back to prominence. They have some favorable games coming up and could realistically make a run at the Big 10 as they don’t have many tough games left after next Tuesday’s game in East Lansing.

Watch out for the Hoosiers. This was a true statement victory.

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