Indiana Hoosiers' Win Over Wisconsin Badgers Saves 2014 NCAA Tournament Hopes

By Taylor Sturm
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The Big 10 is one of the most difficult conferences in all of college basketball, which means that any team that isn’t ridiculously good like the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes is going to have a tough time racking up enough wins to go to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. One of these mid-range Big 10 teams is the Indiana Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers had a decent non-conference record coming into Big 10 play, but lacked quality wins. It didn’t look good for Indiana, as they lost their first two games of conference play and then won a close game against the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, that all changed when they upset the undefeated No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin led at the half, but Indiana came back behind the fabulous performance of Yogi Ferrell. Although just 1-for-8 from three-point range, Farrell led all scorers with 25 points and had 19 in the second half. All five of Wisconsin’s starters scored double-digits and Indiana was still able to win due to tough play and determination; the Hoosiers simply wanted it more.

Indiana’s win over the Badgers is the biggest of the year so far for any college basketball team, because, at this moment, Indiana is in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. However, they cannot afford to drop games to other mid-range Big 10 teams like the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini. The work isn’t over just yet for the Hoosiers.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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