Wisconsin knocks off Indiana in first semifinal

Ryan Evans scored 16 points to help Wisconsin upsetIndiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday. The Badgers allowed only seven points after the top-seeded Hoosiers pulled within one with 9:45 left. They earned their 12th consecutive win against Indiana, tying a record for any school against the powerhouse program, and will play Ohio State or Michigan State in Sunday’s final.

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FINAL:  Ryan Evans scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out four assists to lead No. 22 Wisconsin to a 68-56 upset win over No. 3 Indiana on Saturday at United Center in Chicago in the Big Ten Tourney.

Sam Dekker was 5-of-8 from the floor and chipped in 11 points for Wisconsin (23-10). The Badgers hit 51 percent of their field goals (25-of-49). Wisconsin was hot from long range, hitting 7-of-18 threes for a 39 percent night from beyond the arc. The Badgers also got double-digit contributions from Jared Berggren (11 points) and Ben Brust (12 points).

Cody Zeller scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Indiana (27-6) in the loss. Christian Watford had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-9 shots from the field and scoring 14 points. The Hoosiers had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 39 percent (21-of-54) from the field. Indiana was able to secure 15 offensive boards. More Indiana scoring came from Victor Oladipo (10 points).

HALFTIME: Indiana hit four threes in the first half, shooting 50 percent from deep. The Hoosiers had seven offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. Seven Wisconsin players scored in the half.

Christian Watford helped Indiana with eight points and three rebounds.

Dekker dunks on Indiana.


Brust makes a steal and sinks a three.


Berggren dunks off the pass.


Zeller dunks on Wisconsin.


Evans makes a block, Dekker makes a layup.


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Doug on 3/16/2013 @ 2:48pm EDT Said:

Indiana is lucky they are only down 3

GSOBadger on 3/16/2013 @ 3:49pm EDT Said:

OK, the Badgers have now won 23 of their last 24 games against Michigan and Indiana, so please don’t call these wins upsets!

    BTN.com staff on 3/16/2013 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

    Impressive wins, no doubt. To be clear, Indiana was ranked ahead of Wisconsin and sat as the No. 1 seed in this tournament. Hence, the upset reference on this site. Enjoy the games!

Doug on 3/16/2013 @ 4:00pm EDT Said:

12 straight vs IU, 11 of last 12 vs michigan, bo owns beilein and crean !

Ron Heath on 3/16/2013 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

Officials, must be looking for new whistles since the old ones did not work!!!!! Can not beat 8.

Ron Alberts on 3/16/2013 @ 8:03pm EDT Said:

i dont think you could beat 4

Shippy on 3/16/2013 @ 8:54pm EDT Said:

Badgers are a different team when they consistently attack the post. That has been an underutilized strength of several of their players. Don’t rely so much on end of the shot clock jumpshots.

GMARINE on 3/17/2013 @ 2:28am EDT Said:

IU looked like zeros. Their BB skills have faded since senior nite. They do not know how to close. Zeller has not been the tough guy in the middle. He needs to skip the draft, and stay another year at IU and learn to improve his style of play, to kick butt. He and the rest of the team had better STEP IT UP 2 NOTCHES, or IU never gets to the round of 16 let alone the final 4.

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