Eight-thousand, seven hundred and eighteen days. That’s how long it has been since Indiana marched into Madison and took down Wisconsin.
Could this finally be the year that Indiana takes down the Badgers in the Kohl Center? Not so fast. Wisconsin has a lot of talent and is a surprise in the Big ten early on this season. As well as creeping into the AP Poll in recent weeks, the Badgers went home from Feast Week as champions of the Maui Invitational, which included taking down a top-15 Houston team.
Sophomore guard Johnny Davis has made great strides from last season especially when shooting the ball. Davis is averaging 13 more points a game than he did last season and has solidified himself as a focal point of the offense. He and Brad Davison, who has been in college since I was a freshman in high school, have proved to be one of the best backcourts in the Big Ten.
The No. 22 Badgers, who are 7-1, had one slip-up against Providence at home in the Gavitt Games. How could that happen? Well, Wisconsin shot 5-for-27 from deep for a percentage of 18.5 and was out-rebounded. Those are the keys Wednesday night for the Hoosiers, who are in search of their second Big Ten win and first win over a ranked opponent this season.
After a disappointing road opener at Syracuse, Indiana will have to come out the gate with energy and intensity. You can’t afford to fall behind early on the road like IU did at Syracuse.
Will the streak end? The Hoosiers are 0-19 in Madison since Jan. 25, 1998. Let’s find out.