Senior guard Trevon Hughes and the Badgers handed Indiana a 32-point loss Thursday, UW\’s biggest Big Ten road win since 1942. Hughes finished with 17 points, while junior Keaton Nankivil had 14 and Wisconsin\’s other three starters all had at least 11 points.[/media-credit]In a game similar to the teams’ previous matchup this season, the No. 17 Wisconsin men’s basketball team cruised to a 78-46 win over Indiana Thursday night in Bloomington, Ind.UW’s 32-point road win was its largest Big Ten road win since Feb. 9, 1942, and the team’s biggest road win over a Division I team since a 36-point win at Loyola Marymount in 1993.All five of Wisconsin’s starters scored at least 11 points, with senior guard Trevon Hughes leading the way with 17 points. Hughes also chipped in two rebounds and a steal. The game also marked the first time in a while that junior forward Tim Jarmusz didn’t start, as UW head coach elected to go with a three-guard lineup.The game was close for most of the first half, with the score tied at 6 with 13:53 to play. The game continued to go back and forth for the next five minutes, with the Hoosiers pulling to within 14-16 after a Tom Pritchard dunk with 8:26 to go. From there, UW outscored IU 23-8, with Jon Leuer making a three-pointer with five seconds left to close the scoring in the half.Leuer finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.The Badgers came out in the second half with an 11-2 run. It took the Hoosiers just over five minutes to score four second-half points. IU would never come within closer than 19 points after the 18:01 mark.UW had a 34-point lead with 2:29 to go after a Jordan Taylor three-pointer. Derek Elston would get a tip-in later to end the game’s scoring.Elston was the only Indiana player to score in double figures, finishing the game with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. IU’s starters scored just 25 points in the game, with Verdell Jones III and Christian Watford leading the Hoosier starters with eight points apiece.In contrast, Wisconsin’s starters had 68 points, including 14 from junior forward Keaton Nankivil. Nankivil tied Leuer for the team lead with four blocks.Senior guard Jason Bohannon had a quiet 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting. His performance was a stark contrast to UW’s previous matchup with Indiana at the Kohl Center on Feb. 13. Bohannon scored a career-high 30 points, including seven made three-pointers in Wisconsin’s 83-55 win.Wisconsin’s bench scored just 10 points, led by Jarmusz’ five. Rob Wilson added four points while freshman Mike Bruesewitz made a free throw for his single point.On the night, the Badgers shot 54 percent from the field and 12-15 from the free throw line. The Hoosiers were held to just 35.3 percent from the field and made just 50 percent (10-for-20) of their free throws.Indiana dropped to 9-18 and 3-12 in the Big Ten. The win total is still better than IU’s 6-25 mark last season, which was head coach Tom Crean’s first at Indiana. Crean was ejected in the second half of the game after arguing with officials.The Hoosiers haven’t won since Jan. 21, a 67-61 win at Penn State. IU has now lost nine games in a row.UW improved to 21-7, including 11-5 in Big Ten play. The win marked the third-straight season the Badgers have swept Indiana.The Badgers are currently in fourth place in the Big Ten, behind Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan State. Indiana is tied with Iowa for ninth in the conference, one win better than Penn State.Wisconsin is in the midst of a 5-3 stretch, after losing at home to Illinois on Feb. 9 and on the road at Minnesota, getting blown out at the Barn by a score of 68-52. Despite the losses to unranked opponents, the Badgers dropped to just No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/Coaches poll.UW has two regular season games left – a home matchup against Iowa and a road game at Illinois.-UWBadgers contributed to this report
The never-ending sports cycle that is USC athletics is back for another fall semester — a period of time that never seems to lack excitement.Football, of course, takes the cake. You may remember a year ago — not more than a week into the semester — when a horde of news trucks and cameras swarmed the practice field after head coach Steve Sarkisian went rogue at the annual Salute of Troy event.The scandal followed the team for much of the season, as Sarkisian took a leave of absence and was promptly fired after his problems with alcohol came to light. They lost to Stanford and Washington at home and to Notre Dame on the road (where then-Athletic Director Pat Haden collapsed on the sideline). And yet, a team mired in controversy and negative attention — seemingly bound for a lost season — won five of its final six games and ended up four quarters away from an improbable trip to the Rose Bowl.But the Trojans were literally run out of Levi’s Stadium by Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and their season ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, a game that was just as bitter as the cold winter night at Qualcomm Stadium.Assuming they make it past Salute to Troy on Aug. 19 without incident, the Trojans will already be in better shape than they were last year entering the season. But — unexpected controversy aside — criticism could still be quick to rain down on the No. 17 ranked team in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll.There will be a new quarterback — either the redshirt junior Max Browne or unexpected challenger redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — and whomever is chosen will be thrown into the fire quickly. The man who picks him will be Clay Helton, entering his first full season at the helm, feted with a long-term contract and a plate full of expectations to restore USC football to national prominence.For a rookie head coach with an unproven quarterback, an easy schedule to begin the season would be beneficial — maybe games against Arkansas State or Fresno State. Um, how about facing Alabama, Stanford and Utah in three of their first four games, all away from the Coliseum?The task ahead is daunting, but it wouldn’t be Trojan football without it. The program is no stranger to adversity in recent years, from the crippling sanctions to the Lane Kiffin era to the Sarkisian fiasco.This year, it’s a story that could end in any number of ways, and it will be under a new Athletic Director in Lynn Swann. Much like Helton will seek to calm the waters on the sidelines, Swann will look to provide stability at the top after Haden’s up-and-down tenure.Fair or unfair, athletic directors at USC are ultimately judged by the accomplishments of the football team, but Swann could extend a positive first impression if other fall sports succeed as well.He has some good cards to play right away. Men’s water polo is a perennial lock to make the NCAA title match, and the legendary Jovan Vavic and new co-head coach Marko Pintaric will be hungry to avenge last season’s championship defeat to UCLA. Women’s volleyball is also a national powerhouse, going 33-3 last season and appearing in the NCAA Regional Championship match for the fifth time in six years. Women’s soccer is a program on the rise. Fresh off a deep postseason run, the Women of Troy will return most of their starters and are projected to finish second in the Pac-12 in the preseason coaches’ poll.But, like it or not, those three programs could each have unbeaten seasons and it wouldn’t mitigate the backlash that would come with a mediocre football campaign. The buck stops (and starts) with Helton and who he picks to be his quarterback. And when kickoff happens against defending national champion Alabama — as someone once wrote in a book — let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in their favor. Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” will run Fridays.