It looked like a blowout halfway through the second half, but no one told the Hoosiers. While it was still a convincing win for the Badgers, it looked for a while like it was going to be a 30 point game.
Let’s jump into the box score.
- All ten starters scored in double digits. Other than Zak Showalter’s three three-point plays, there wasn’t much off the bench in this one. Both teams were missing a starter and play short rotations as is, so this was to be expected. It’s just kind of an interesting stat that all ten got in double digits.
- Frank Kaminsky was on pace for a 30 point game while Showalter was on pace for a 25 point game. This means that if they both played all 40 minutes and kept the same average they would have scored that many. This sometimes can be explained as a small sample size, but it’s one way to show how someone affects the games in a small number of minutes.
- Indiana pulled down 84% of its defensive rebounds. This usually shows that a team is dominating the boards, but in this case, it just shows that Wisconsin wasn’t giving the Hoosiers many chances to get those defensive rebounds as the Badgers actually outrebounded Indiana on the defensive end 19-16. Interestingly, Wisconsin only secured 67% of its chances, which definitely plays into the shooting percentages.
- Wisconsin only went eight deep again, and the starters all played at least 30 minutes. While I think the late Indiana run had more to do with complacency, you have to wonder if the players are starting to tire late in the game. I’m not saying they aren’t in shape, but it’s just human nature to start to tire, especially if you are blowing a team out. I’m not going to tell Bo how to do his job, but if one of the starters goes down with an injury while the Badgers are up 20 with three minutes left, people won’t be happy.