WISCONSIN 30, INDIANA 20 (HALF)
The Badgers get an easy tip right before the buzzer. Flowers just jumped up and got to the ball before Stemler even thought about reaching up that way.
Indiana’s got a healthy edge in rebounding but Wisconsin is getting to enough loose balls to stay safely ahead in this one.
We’ll have more when we’ve reviewed the stats.
WISCONSIN 25, INDIANA 15 (3:26)
D.J. White’s octupus-arm rebound — did you see how he flashed that limb out there and wrapped it around the ball — allowed him to the get to the line and stem what could have been a Wisconsin run. The fact that he then went and got a dunk putback after his missed his second free throw swayed the game a little toward Indiana. The Badgers turned the ball over.
But then Bassett reversed to Stemler, and he shot 3-pointer that had no chance.
I’m fairly sure Indiana has at least 10 turnovers already. Did you notice that when Sampson pulled both Gordon and White — replacing them with Crawford and Thomas — he went to a 2-3 zone. That seems to be an effective way to use both those guys, as Thomas can clog in the middle and Crawford is quick, if not always in the right spot. Giving those two some freedom to just play at that end seems like a smart idea.
WISCONSIN 21, INDIANA 12 (7:38)
What we know so far:
The refs will let D.J. White get away with some physical stuff under the basket.
Trevon Hughes is really quick, and Wisconsin knows how to get him space.
WISCONSIN 14, INDIANA 6 (11:43)
Gordon feeds Mike White again and White loses the ball, then is called for his second foul. He’s yanked in favor of Stemler.
At the other end, Greg Stiemsma gets an easy tip as Indiana is being passive on the boards again.
Also, D.J. White missed a shot over Stiemsma. The Badgers didn’t move any help that way; White just flat missed a shot. He needs to keep going at the big center.
WISCONSIN 12, INDIANA 6 (14:14)
Gordon hits a basket from the baseline but misses a deep 3.
Hughes knocks down a deep 3 with a hand in his face and Brian Butch converts an offensive rebound into two points.
Who steps up with a bucket for Indiana right now?
WISCONSIN 7, INDIANA 4 (15:48)
Mike White puts Indiana on the board after taking a nice feed from Eric Gordon.
But then he tries a mid-range shot — can’t be what Sampson wanted — and then fouled Landry. I guess Sampson wants him guarding Landry but I’m sure Bo Ryan will try to exploit that.
Also in this first stanza, Jamarcus Ellis made one of the better blocks I’ve ever seen.
And if you want the Gordon report, it is this: Gordon’s clearly bothered by the left hand. He’s running around screens instead of through them and appears to be holding his wrist out awkwardly on defense. He’ll adjust as the game goes on but he’s clearly not going to be totally comfortable.
Hoosiers bring the regulars: Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, Mike White and D.J. White.
By the way, it’s full in here now. And loud. Incredible atmosphere for a college basketball game. As usual. Not that Indiana students need to hear this, but it makes a huge difference when the students are seated together.
Here’s what I’ll be watching in the first few minutes of this one:
1. Obviously, how well Gordon can adjust to having that wrist injury will be the main focus of all Indiana fans. He didn’t seem to be having much trouble with it while shooting, but how will he fare on defense or when he drives to the lane and draws contact?
2. What will Indiana do to try to handle Marcus Landry, the 6-7 hyper forward for the Badgers. Sampson said earlier this week that Landry will be a tough assignment for Indiana. My guess is that Jamarcus Ellis starts the game covering him.
3. Will Wisconsin zone Indiana? Connecticut was able to really collapse on the Hoosiers, which took both Gordon and D.J. White out of the game early and neither found their shot. Seems like Wisconsin may be able to do the same thing, especially with a home crowd.
The crowd, by the way, is sparse here. That’s unusual for this building, which is almost always full. The weather certainly delayed our trip here â€” which was only two miles â€” and I’m wondering if the roads outside are clogged with fans trying to get inside.