Beyond the Box: Wisconsin vs. Indiana

<b>Ryan Evans' dunk in the second half was the Badgers' play of the game.</b>

Ryan Evans' dunk in the second half was the Badgers' play of the game.

March 9, 2012

BY KARL ANDERSON
UW ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

STAR OF THE GAME
I'm sure this will come as a surprise to absolutely no one but Rob Wilson is our player of the game. The senior forward came off the Badgers' bench to score a career-high 30 points, matching a UW school record with 7 3-pointers along the way. It was a UW single-game Big Ten tournament record, and Wilson recorded just the 12th 30-point effort in tournament history. The seven 3-pointers also equaled a Big Ten tournament record.

PLAY OF THE GAME
While this could arguably go to any of Wilson's 3-pointers, we're giving this honor to Ryan Evans and his thunderous dunk in the second half. The Badgers led 59-54 with 7:52 to play when Evans got the ball on the left elbow. Guarded by Indiana's Christian Watford, Evans used a shoulder fake to create space. He then drove down the lane before rising up and throwing down a huge one-handed slam.

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Wilson's first 3-pointer of the game splashed down with 15:09 left in the first half. Trailing 13-11, the trey gave UW a 14-13 edge. While a one-point lead in the first half is fairly inconsequential, it would turn out to be a lead UW would never relinquish. Wilson's 3-pointer jump-started a 14-4 Wisconsin run, as the lead ballooned to a game-high 11 points at 28-17.

STAT OF THE GAME
Wilson was obviously the story, but he was not the only Badger to get hot from beyond the arc. Wisconsin tied a Big Ten tournament record by making 13 3-pointers. The productivity from long range helped Wisconsin score 79 points, a school Big Ten tournament record. In addition to Wilson, Josh Gasser made three 3-pointers (all in the first half), while Jordan Taylor added two and Jared Berggren hit one.

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