The Wisconsin Badgers (10-2, 4-1) earned a gritty 80-73 win over the Indiana Hoosiers (7-5, 2-3). Its the 18th consecutive win over the Hoosiers inside the Kohl Center.
D’Mitrik Trice, playing a career high 47 minutes, came up in the clutch on two different occasions. The first was when Trice hit a floater to tie the game in the 2nd half with 21.1 seconds left. The other was in the first overtime when he hit a step-back jumper to tie the game again with 11.1 seconds left in the first OT.
Tyler Wahl came into the game 2-for-9 (22.2%) from three-point range on the season. In the second overtime, Wahl hit two three-pointers on consecutive possessions to give UW a 77-70 lead.
The UW defense was horrible in the second half and didn’t have an answer for Indiana’s offense.
With 6:38 remaining in the 2nd half and trailing 54-50 and Indiana shooting 76.5 percent in the half, head Coach Greg Gard decided to play the best defensive unit in Trice, Wahl, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers and Jonathan Davis. That group played nearly the entire rest of the game, including both overtimes, as Indiana hit just seven of their final 20 shots.
UW allowed just two offensive rebounds, which was the fewest since a win over Georgetown in 2016.
The Badgers will play in Ann Arbor against the Michigan Wolverines (10-0, 5-0) on Tuesday, January 12. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on ESPN.