Indiana shocks No. 2 Wisconsin
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – A.J. Ratliff scored 20 points on 7-of-9
shooting, and the Indiana Hoosiers rode a second-half offensive surge to knock
off second-ranked Wisconsin, 71-66.
The loss ended Wisconsin’s 17-game winning streak, the longest active streak
in the nation.
“I’m proud of our kids. This was a great win for this group of kids for a lot
of reasons,” said Hoosiers head coach Kelvin Sampson.
D.J. White scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked two shots for
the Hoosiers (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten), who won for the seventh time in their last
eight games. Earl Calloway added nine points for Indiana.
Alando Tucker led Wisconsin (21-2, 7-1 Big Ten) with 23 points and
six rebounds. Kammron Taylor scored 15 points for the Badgers, and Marcus
Landry and Michael Flowers added nine points apiece in the loss.
Two Tucker free throws put Wisconsin ahead 40-37 with just over 15 minutes
left in the game, but that was the last lead the Badgers would enjoy.
Ratliff responded with a three to tie the game at 40, spurring an 11-0 run to
take control of the game. Ratliff closed the stretch with another trey,
pushing the Hoosiers advantage to 48-40 with 11:41 left.
Tucker missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds left that could have brought the
Badgers to within one point, and Calloway hit a free throw to put Indiana up
71-66. Taylor missed a trey with three seconds left, ending all chances of a
miracle for the Badgers.
“Give them credit, they hit the shots,” said Badgers head coach Bo Ryan. “We
have been in those same situations, close games on the road and teams didn’t
hit the shots the way they did in that one streak.”
The tough Wisconsin defense controlled the tempo early, and the Badgers led
13-7 after a Landry layup with 10:50 left in the first half. The Hoosiers
broke through over the next 10 minutes, though, and a Joey Shaw layup put
Indiana ahead 26-23 with just under two minutes left.
Wisconsin closed the half with five straight points, though, and led 28-26 at
Wisconsin’s 17-game winning streak was the longest in school history…The
loss also marred the Badgers’ 7-0 start in the Big Ten, the first time a
Wisconsin team started the Big Ten schedule with seven wins since
1913-14…Indiana improved to 12-0 at home this season, extending their home-
winning streak to 14 games…The Hoosiers are 15-0 this season when scoring 70
or more points.