Badgers blast IU in Bloomington, 78-46

first_imgSenior 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 reportlast_img read more

Amanda Zahui B and Sweden’s prayers are answered

first_img When Sweden’s leading scorer Amanda Zahui B went to the bench with three fouls at the start of the second quarter, there was possibly reason for concern, especially as it led to a Russian comeback in the game to secure an invite to the pre-Olympic qualification games for 5-6 place in the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket. The half ended with Sweden ahead by one point, despite being outscored in the final few minutes before it finished. And while Zahui B remained on the bench to start the second half, it ultimately wouldn’t matter as the Swedes built a lead in the third and never let it get much closer again. One of those big shots came with just 22 seconds left in the game, with Sweden up by one point. When the ball came to Elin Eldebrink with the clock winding down, she went behind her back and hit a tough, contested long two to put her country up by three. She said: “I didn’t hesitate. Some players have to take those shots if it’s coming down to it, and I know I have all the players and the team behind my back to take that shot. We were made to do this.”Russia couldn’t score on the next possession, and had to foul Zahui B after Sweden secured the rebound. The center said: “I remember throwing the ball to the ref on the baseline, and I said, ‘you all better start praying for me’. I don’t know if they did but somebody was praying and they just went in.”And with that, Sweden’s prayers of a chance to qualify for the Olympics were answered.center_img Zahui B said: “I feel like she’s 12 because that’s my little baby but Regan is a young player coming in and beasting rebounds, playing amazing defense. She’s one of the best post players in Europe and it’s her first time here. We just have that confidence and trust on each other – that’s what makes us so successful. One man is down, somebody else steps up.”Sweden Head Coach Francois Gomez was impressed with the young center, but he also had praise for the perimeter players. “Our guards helped the team and drove everything perfectly. When they switched defense between man and zone, they always controlled the rhythm and tempo of the game, they always did set place and we find important shot when we need it.” The sharp-shooting center explained how the team stepped up in her absence: “I didn’t have to [be on the floor], everybody can hoop. Everybody is here for a reason. Everybody can play at a high level.”The game was controlled by Sweden early, and the Russian head coach, Olaf Carsten Lange, was disappointed with the energy level his team offered. He said: “I think we played not aggressive enough. I think pick and roll wise they are not an easy team to defend and match-up wise they are not easy team. But our whole energy the second half was not good, not where it needed to be.”Sweden’s energy, however, was higher throughout, in large part thanks to the 23-year-old Regan Magarity, who picked up the slack in the absence of Zahui B – playing 35 minutes (14 more than her average) and doubling her scoring average for the tournament.last_img read more