BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana’s senior night was spoiled by the No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers and take another loss in the top quadrant. Unable to get their 20th win, Indiana will fight on Wednesday evening in the Big Ten Tournament as they will take the 11th seed in the conference. Indiana finished the regular season with a final record fo 19-12 and 9-11 in the conference.
The Badgers, on the other hand, will win a share of the 2020 Big Ten regular season title and win their eighth straight game.
Of course, on senior night, who else would pump the prime for the Hoosiers? Senior guard Devonte Green played his final regular season game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, and he made it a memorable one. Right from the jump, the New York-native was inserted into the starting line up and he came out with the full “green light” to score.
A couple of midrange jumpers and three makes from distance paved the way for his 16-point first half, where the seniors for Indiana led the offensive attack. In fact, along with De’Ron Davis who also got the start for this afternoon’s game, the pair of seniors were the only Hoosiers to provide offense for the first eight minutes of the game.
Just how much did the seniors control the offense? Indiana’s top scorer Trayce Jackson-Davis did not score in the first half. He had his first bucket at the 15 minute mark of the first half.
The high-powered offenses turned down to the lowest setting as teams entered the second period. Both teams locked in defensively and their percentages from behind the arc regressed to the mean. Both teams did not score in the final four minutes of the first half. Wisconsin finally ended their scoring drought of over seven minutes with a Micah Potter dunk down the paint.
Indiana was able to weather the storm and carry a single possession lead into the intermission.
Like the 2020 Oscar winner for best picture Parasite, the second half of this afternoon’s movie flipped to a completely different genre. The game of guards evolved into a game of bigs, and the game moved from the perimeter to the paint. The combination of Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson played their prototypical blue collar game inside to keep the Badgers at bay.
On the Badger side, Wisconsin continued to channel the scoring through their frontcourt as well. Micah Potter picked up four fouls in the middle of the second half which took him out for important minutes. During his absence, Indiana had more success offensively with a 6-foot-10 gap in the middle of the Wisconsin defense.
Potter returned back with a little over four minutes remaining and immediately finished the and-one play off of a Thompson foul. His return gave Wisconsin the momentum to take their first lead in 22 minutes with the score at 54-51.
The Badgers carried the lead for the rest of the way, spoiling Indiana’s senior day. WIthout a response to Wisconsin’s interior defense, the Hoosiers clawed at the Badgers all afternoon, but they were unable to comeback in the final minutes of the second half.
Number of the Night: 20 points by Indiana seniors in the first half
On senior night, the Hoosiers start off with their foot on the pedal with the early performances of Green and Davis. The pair scored 20 points combined in the first half, which accounted for over 70% of Indiana’s 28 first half points.
The lone senior for Wisconsin did not have as much success. Brevin Pritzl finished the game with just 2 points and 4 rebounds in over 30 minutes.
Source: Indiana Athletics
Next Up: Big Ten Tournament
With the regular season officially in the rear view mirror, the Hoosiers will be making a short trip up north to Indianapolis, where they will most likely have to play on Wednesday evening as the league settles the final seeding. We’ll have the full Big Ten Tournament preview here on IndianaHQ.
Tickets and the full schedule can be found on our Indiana Basketball schedule page.
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