Hoosiers fall to Wisconsin, Big Ten wins don't come easy

1/16/13 in NCAABB   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

Jan 15 2013, Indianapolis, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) celebrates the victory over the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Wisconsin defeats Indiana 64-59. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsLast night, the #2 ranked Indiana Hoosiers fell to the Wisonsin Badgers 59-64.  The games was played in Bloomington at Assembly Hall, but home court advantage wasn't enough for the Hoosiers to end their losing streak to the Badgers, which climbed to 11 consecutive losses after last night. 

The Hoosiers led by one at half (32-31), thanks in large part to Cody Zeller's 18 point first-half performance.  Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, Zeller was held to just 5 second half points, and no one seemed ready to pick up the slack.  The Hoosiers pulled to within one point (52-53) with 3:40 remaining, but only managed to muster up six more points in regulation as they fell to the unranked Badgers. 

This now puts Wisconsin atop the current standings in the Big Ten with a perfect 4-0 conference record.  Just behind them with a record of 3-1 are Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Minnesota.  Interestingly enough, Wisconsin is the only one of those teams that was not ranked going into last night's contest.  Even Illinois with a 1-3 Big Ten record was ranked (#23) in the AP Top 25 ahead of Wisconsin. 

This loss further shows the depth of the Big 10 as a basketball conference this year.  Of the twelve teams (I know - "Big Ten"?!), six are currently ranked in the top twenty-five.  Neither Wisconsin (14-4 overall) nor Iowa (12-5 overall) were among those ranked teams.  It certainly looks like conference wins in the Big Ten aren't going to come easy.   
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