Indiana guard Victor Oladipo defends Wright State’s Vaughn Duggins on Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Behind 27 points from Verdell Jones, the Indiana Hoosiers defeated Wright State 67-44 Sunday.
The Hoosiers were not great, with 21 turnovers and 24 personal fouls, but did enough defensively to shake off the Raiders (0-1).
Jones was sharper than the season opener Friday, sensible since he is returning from a sprained ankle. He drove the lane and broke down Wright State’s defense, making 11-of-14 shots. He also had six rebounds.
Christian Watford scored 17 points with 10 rebounds. Tom Crean said Friday he wanted Watford to be tougher on the boards, and the sophomore delivered.
Vaughn Duggins, a senior guard from Pendleton Heights, scored 15 points to lead Wright State.
Indiana (2-0) will play host to Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
MADISON, Wisc. — Indiana surrendered more points than any Big Ten team in a conference game since 1950 on Saturday, losing 83-20 to Wisconsin in front of 80,477 on a rainy day at Camp Randall.
The Badgers’ points were the most by a Wisconsin team since 1915 and the most points by a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season.
Wisconsin got most of its yards by simply taking it to Indiana on the ground. Sophomore tailback Montee Ball rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns while freshman James White rushed for 144 yards and two scores. Senior quarterback Scott Tolzien completed 15 of his 18 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
“We got beat every way possible by a great football team,” Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. (more…)
PREGAME: INDIANA AT WISCONSIN
A wet, windy Saturday morning in Buckyland. They’re serving breakfast brats here. Gotta love it. It’s a good day to wear your cheesehead chapeau, if you’re a local and don’t have an umbrella. The general ambiance outside is pervasive gloom, which is a shame, because this is normally a really rollicking, fun place to watch a ballgame. Kickoff time is 11 a.m. locally, which is pretty early even for hardy and dedicated revelers.
The home team will provide a true physical test for the visitors, and the wind (gusting to 33 mph) could play havoc with Indiana’s passing attack. The good news is that Tandon Doss, coming off last week’s concussion, is fully suited up and looks fine in warmups. Now if the rest of the team can bounce back from the emotional and psychic wounds sustained in the excruciating loss to Iowa, maybe the Hoosiers can hang in there today. Not overly likely, but maybe.
Stranger things have happened. Indiana led 32-0 after one quarter in 2001’s dizzying 63-32 Hoosier win. The IU visit before that, in 1999, it was 59-0 Badgers. So go figure.
And I’ll try to figure out things as today’s ballgame transpires, and comment accordingly, as always, after the jump.
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