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Assembly Haul: Badgers grab 11th-straight win over 2nd-ranked IU

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Wisconsin Wisconsin 64, Indiana 59
Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind. • Attendance: 17,472

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31 33 64
 Indiana 32 27 59
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 • Ryan Evans: 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast 6-11 FG
 • Traevon Jackson: 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast 5-5 FT
 • Mike Bruesewitz: 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast 4-6 FT
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 FG Percentage .451 .370
 3-Point FG Percentage .318 .250
 FT Percentage .786 .842
 Offensive Rebounds 7 14
 Defensive Rebounds 21 23
 Total Rebounds 28 37
 Turnovers 8 11
 Pts Off Turnovers 13 7
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Jan. 15, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Since taking over the program at Wisconsin in 2001-02, head coach Bo Ryan has been careful not to bask in any win too long. He has even adopted the ‘Next’ mentality in order to always keep his team focused on its upcoming opponent.

It’s hard to believe the Badgers won’t take their time in savoring their 64-59 upset win over the 2nd-ranked Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

“If you're going to beat a team like this, you have to have a lot of things go well and I thought we took pretty good care of the ball considering (Indiana's) pressure and athleticism,” Ryan said. “I really liked how hard our guys played and the adjustments they made.”

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin earns first 4-0 start since 2007-08
• UW earns highest-ranked road win in history
• Badgers win fifth straight at Assembly Hall

Ryan Evans had 13 points and seven rebounds and Traevon Jackson added 11 points as Wisconsin defeated a top-two team on the road for the first time in program history. UW now sits atop the conference standings as the Big Ten’s only undefeated team.

The Badgers (13-4, 4-0) have won seven straight and beat two top-15 opponents in four days. The win was also the team’s 11th straight over Indiana and its fifth straight in Bloomington.

UW held Indiana to a season-low 59 points on 37.0 percent shooting from the field, including a 3-for-12 (.250) performance from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin, as usual, dictated the tempo by running down the shot clock and forcing the nation's highest-scoring team into a precious possession-by-possession slugfest where baskets were scarce.

It was the perfect recipe for Wisconsin, which committed only eight turnovers and took advantage of seemingly every opportunity they had, especially in the second half as the Hoosiers struggled with missed shots and errant passes.

"We knew that if they got it going in transition they can score in bunches because all you have to do is look at their game films,” Ryan said. “So our goal was to not (commit turnovers) but saying it and doing it, having it as a plan, are two different things. It just so happened to work today."

After Indiana opened the second half with a three-point play, it managed only six points over the next 6:34, a drought that allowed the Badgers to take control.

Wisconsin scored seven straight points to take a 38-37 lead with 15:58 to play.  A 3-point play from Jackson began a 9-0 run for UW, which culminated in the Badgers’ largest lead of the game, 51-41, with 10:08 remaining in the contest.

Indiana answered with four straight points, and after Evans made 1 of 2 free throws, the Hoosiers scored six straight to pull to 52-51 on Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer with 4:40 to play.

But the Hoosiers would not get any closer as Wisconsin sealed the game with smart play and great use of its timeouts, as they only allowed Indiana to record one made field goal in the final four minutes of action.

"You know if you just play the game and have the right attitude about it, you make good things happen,” Ryan added. “If you're a nervous nelly or whatever term you use, you can't antagonize about every little thing when you play. Players have to play."

Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half to lead Indiana (15-2, 3-1), which had a six-game winning streak and an 18-game home winning streak both end. Christian Watford added 11 points for IU.

Wisconsin remains on the road as it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 19, to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.

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