MBB: UW at Indiana courtside blog

MBB: UW at Indiana courtside blog

Patrick Herb (Assistant Director of Athletic Communications)

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MBB: UW at Indiana courtside blog(02/19/2009) 
7:48
Welcome to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. for tonight's Big Ten battle between Wisconsin and Indiana. The teams are warming up on the floor right now and we've got a little time to discuss a few things before the game starts.
7:51

The Badgers are on a four-game win streak while the Hoosiers are suffering through a rebuilding process of gigantic proportions. Indiana has lost 14 of its last 15 games. How about these two numbers... true freshmen make up 72%  of the Hoosiers' minutes played and 72% of IU's points this season. To put that in perspective, Wisconsin really only plays two freshmen, who  combine to average about four points per game.

7:52
The Hoosiers do get their leading scorer back for tonight's game, junior Devan Dumes. He's averaging 13.8 points per game, but missed the last two while on suspension. Dumes WILL start tonight too by the way.
7:53
Another thing to clear up right now... after a few games of not being able to publish reader comments... we're back! Fire away   and I'll try to push some through!
7:53
The lights are out in the arena now and Wisconsin is taking the floor... I assume the Hoosiers will be out shortly.
7:55

Video board montage playing right now of IU highlights (most are of previous teams) while U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" blares. Feels like a UW football game.

7:57
We've got a few notables in the audience tonight. Loyal Hoosier John Mellencamp will be here tonight. Also the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer Calbert Cheaney apparently came in to give a pep talk to the Indiana boys.
8:00
The theme in the arena tonight is "Badger Wisconsin." Here's the poster hanging around the building.
8:00
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8:01
Clearly not it. Nice work there huh?
8:01
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8:01
That's better.
8:03
[Comment From scott]
I notice on the schedule that the badgers will only have a few days to prepare for Michigan State on sunday so what goes into prepareing for the next game after tonight's game against Indiana and will to short time between this game and the next game be a advantage or disadvantage?
8:03
Glad you asked... go to the new feature Outta the Kohld to find that answer.   http://www.uwbadgers.com/sport_news/mbb/headlines/story.html?sportid=116&storyid=16898
8:04
Here are the starters for Wisconsin: Hughes, Bohannon, Krabbenhoft, Landry and Leuer.

Indiana will start Matt Roth, Devan Dumes, Tom Pritchard, Verdell Jones III and Kyle Taber.
8:05
They love Tom Crean around here... huge cheer when his face goes on the jumbotron and when he was introduced. Great crowd filling in tonight.
8:05
Badgers are well represented... lots of red in the house.
8:05
[Comment From Barry]
Is there any talk that this could be a"trap" game
8:06
Honestly, this team is really good at focusing at what's in front of them. They know Michigan State is Sunday, but that game won't mean as much without a win tonight.
8:08
We're underway as Indiana controls the tip... they quickly work it low to Taber and he scores off the glass.
Wisconsin can't respond as Leuer and Krabby miss down low.
8:09
Turnover by Indiana hands it back to UW and Hughes makes them pay with a 3 from the corner! That's a big shot for Pop... gotta get him going after a few off nights lately. UW leads 3-2.
8:09
Taber gets fouled underneath by Leuer and he hits both free throws to give IU a 4-3 lead. Keaton replaces Leuer quickly.
8:10
Pritchard gets whistled for a foul trying to defend Landry, no shot.
8:10
Hughes then misses long off the dribble and the ball goes OB to Indiana.
8:11
Krabby is guarding Dumes, but the ball goes low to Pritchard with Landry on him and he misses the turn-around. Krabby hits a three on the other end and UW is back up 6-4.
8:12
Roth misses a three, but Landry travels on offense and IU brings it up.
8:12
As the shot clock buzzer sounds, Taber drives, gets a switch from the UW defense and converts. 6-6
8:13
Wisconsin can't get the shot to go down, but Gullikson picks up the offensive board, puts it back and gets fouled. The ball rolls off the rim, so he'll get two FTs.
8:13
[Comment From Jay]
Duke game running late--will we miss the start our of game AGAIN??
8:13
Really? No TV again? Hard times.
8:14
I'll try to bring as much as I can since there is no TV yet.
8:14
We're at a timeout on the floor right now.
Wisconsin 6
Indiana 6
15:40 left

8:15
[Comment From Karie]
whos ball?
8:15
Wisconsin ball, actually Gullikson on the line for two.
8:15
Gully is shooting .417 on the year at the line.
8:16
Giant heads behind the basket to shoot into, we've got Clooney, Tiger, Peyton Manning and others.
He missed both and Indiana rebounds. But it gets knocked away off IU. UW Ball.
8:17
UW works it around with a three guard line-up (Pop, J-Bo and Taylor) and Hughes slices in for two. Nice drive and score. Pop has 5. UW leads.
8:17
Dumes misses a wild shot, but UW can't control the board and IU will in-bound under the hoop.
8:18
Hughes nearly strips Jones in the back-court, but he recovers to find Pritchard for a missed jumper. Ball goes OB again to IU.
8:18
Dumes fires up a 3 from the wing and they call a foul on UW. 3 FTs
8:19
Bo really doesn't like the call and I think he's just confused. They haven't even announced who the foul was on.
8:19
I guess it was on Taylor, meanwhile Dumes hits all three fouls and IU leads 9-8.
8:20
Taylor with a nice drive, gets hit but misses. No call, but Jarmusz tips it in. Active on the O glass again tonight.
8:20
Indiana answers with a two and lead 11-10 with 13:40 left.
8:21
Taylor forced to shoot a tough reverse lay-up as the clock expires, no good and IU runs out and scores in the lane. IU up three now and the crowd is REALLY loud.
8:21
Hughes is aggressive tonight... he drives and finger rolls it in avoiding the charge. Nice play.
8:21
IU gets called for a moving screen and UW will get the ball back. Leuer re-enters the game.
8:22
Hughes from the corner again for THREE! Pop is feeling it. UW leads 15-13 and he's got 10 already.
8:23
Malik Story hits a long two for IU and its tied. UW misses and IU runs. They want to push it tonight. Its works as they get a lay-in from Jones. 17-15 IU
8:23
[Comment From MD Badger]
Defense will win this game.  We have to frustrate this young IU team.  So far...not good. They are building confidence.
8:23
Good point, can't give them easy ones.
8:23
Hughes forces a tough runner and misses. IU rebounds.
8:24
Dumes spins in the lane and misses a wild shot, but Pritchard tips in the board. IU is up 4 now and the fans are loving it. Especially the really loud guy right behind me. Oye.
8:24
J-Bo comes off a screen and gets to the rim for two. Just like that though, IU runs it down and Dumes fires a three and hits. IU is trying to run this one up tonight.
8:25
IU leads 22-17.
Taylor finds Leuer underneath with a nice interior pass and the big man is fouled going up. He'll shoot two after the timeout.
Wisconsin 17
Indiana 22
9:12 left

8:25
[Comment From Kelly]
Be patient, IU will crumble. Turnovers and our exoerience will make this one ugly in the 2nd half.
8:25
[Comment From Becky]
Thanks for the blog! I'm stuck at work until 9. You're faster than both EPSN and BTN's online updates!
8:26
Nice... like to hear that.
8:26
[Comment From Tom-fl]
are you aver able to hear bo's comments to the refs?
8:27
Yeah... as long as the crowd isn't screaming I can hear most. I'm sitting in the last seat at the scorer's table next to our bench. I can't print some of it.
8:28
Ok... Leuer toes the line, stares down the floating heads and drains both.
Homer Simpson didn't throw him off. UW down three.
8:29
UW needs to tighten the D now. IU works the clock.
8:29
Wisconsin forces them into a turnover, great post defense from Landry forced a bad pass.
8:30
Hughes misses a three and IU runs. Williams pulls up from 15 feet and misses... J-Bo gets tied up grabbing the rebound. UW Ball.
8:30
Pop, Krabby, Tim, Landry and J-Bo on the floor for Wisc.
8:31
Landry misses, might have been blocked a bit, but J-Bo steals it back. He fires a three and misses. IU comes down and travels. Whew... frantice pace here. Probably a quick shot from Bohannon that time, but at this pace, it's hard not to get sped up. And... he was open, he just missed.
8:31
Official timeout now
Wisconsin 19
Indiana 22
7:29 left

8:32
[Comment From Tom-fl]
looks like the refs are letting them play tonight
8:32
Yeah... it's a bit physical underneath, but that's ok for us. I'll take the veteran team in that instance.
8:33
[Comment From Pughbert]
why is j bo struggling so much with his shot this year, more playing time? more ball handling?
8:33
He's actually shooting .385 from threes and .424 during Big Ten play. Those are pretty decent numbers. He's had a few cool nights, but he just had a torrid stretch too.
8:34
Hughes with 10 and Dumes with 6 are the leading scorers. IU has 6 turnovers to UW's 2.
8:34
right on cue... J-Bo must have read your comment becuase he bangs in a three from the corner and we're tied!
8:35
He found a hole in the 3-2 zone and hit it. Krabby comes away with another IU turnover. He pushes to J-Bo, who misses. Joe then gets another steal.
8:36
This time Pop misses in the lane, but IU can't score on the runout. Wow... this pace is so different from most of UW's games this year. The whole Big Ten for that matter. This is not going to be 38-33 like last night in Champaign.
8:36
Landry hangs for a turnaround and hits. IU responds with a quick two in the lane 24-24 with 5:30 left.
8:37
I can hardly keep up. Landry misses from the top of the arc and IU boards. Jones spins into the lane and misses a lay-up. There's a gift.
8:37
Joe catches in the post, shakes and goes to the righty jump-hook. It's no good, but he's fouled and will shoot two FTs.
8:38
Krabby hits both and UW is up two now.
8:39
Story misses a three, might have been contact, but no call. On the other end J-Bo draws a foul and will shoot two.
8:39
That's team foul number 7 on IU, so he'll shoot 1-and-1. J-Bo knocks down one of two and UW is up 27-24.
8:40
The ref gets Leuer on a hand-check and a Bronx cheer goes up in the crowd. Team fouls are 7-3 now and the crowd is unhappy I'd say.
8:41
Hughes, nearly strips Jones again... he's getting close. But Jones gets by and scores instead. 27-26 UW lead.
8:41
J-Bo probes the zone then kicks to a wide open Krabby for a long two. Swish.
8:42
Media timeout coming... IU's Jones penetrates again and scores. He's getting into the lane on UW tonight. He's got 6 and UW leads by one.
8:42
Hughes swings to Leuer in the corner and he drains a two. Nice rotation.
8:43
Dumes misses a three and the ball goes OB to Wisconsin. Media timeout for us all to catch our breath.
Wisconsin 31
Indiana 28
1:48 left in first

8:43
[Comment From Pzaman]
If this pace keeps up we will have to go deeper into the bench!!
8:44
[Comment From Allyson]
Its kind of funny that Andy North has been clearly visible in numerous shots of the bench and coach.. but the commentators are still like, "Andy North is here somewhere...?!!?"
8:44
How about Andy North doing a live Sportscenter hit from mid-court tonight talking about Tiger's return to golf. Andy's everywhere. He was trying hard to get the Motion W in the shot.
8:44
[Comment From Becky]
Your poor fingers! How are you keeping up?
8:45
I sacrifice for you.
8:45
No, it's fun... this game is maybe a little quick for a live blog, but I'm trying to keep up.
8:45
[Comment From sdcheezhd]
ESPN says Pritchard is playing with 3 is that right?
8:45
No... he has two
8:46
Pritchard, Jones and Story each have two fouls. Nobody for UW has more than 1.
8:47
Hughes gets it slapped away on the drive and IU comes down with another Jones shot in the lane. He's only averaging 9 points per game, but he's playing like he scores 19 a night.
8:47
Hughes kicks to Krabby for three and it rims in and out. IU boards down 1 with the shot clock off.
8:47
Check that, 1 second differenence.
8:48
Crean calls timeout with 8.5 on the game clock and 8 on the shot clock. Indiana has a chance to go into the half with a lead if they can convert here.
8:48
Gotta look for Jones for drive and look to kick to Dumes or Roth here I'd say. We'll see.
8:48
[Comment From MD Badger]
What is IU shooting from the field?
8:48
IU is 52.4%... UW is 40.7%
8:49
Williams dribbles, passes to Roth, to Dumes who gets stripped by Taylor. It goes OB though and IU will have it with 1 second left out of bounds.
8:50
They inbound to Taber who misses a jumper from 12 feet and somehow they have enough time to grab the rebound and put up another attempt and miss all in one second. Go figure. Bo wants an explaination as we go to half.
8:50
Bottom line is IU missed there and Wisconsin holds a slim lead at the break.
Wisconsin 31
Indiana 30
Halftime

8:51
[Comment From Dan]
How long was that 1.2 seconds??
8:53
Whew... I'm going to go ice my fingers at halftime for a minute. I'll be back soon.
9:06
We're back for half number two.
9:06
Wisconsin needs to tighten the defense a bit and convert the inside looks and they will be okay. If not, they'll take a bump. We'll see.
9:06
Jones gets in the lane to start the second half and he converts. He has 12 points now to lead IU
9:07
Hughes misses a three from the wing, but Krabby gets the board and pump fakes into a score. UW by one.
9:07
Indiana turns it over on the other end, their 9th of the game.
9:08
Pritchard picks up his third foul quickly here in the second half. He'll stay in and UW will in bound.
9:08
Landry catches on the block and pivots into the lane for a two and foul! Marcus hits the FT and UW is up four now.
9:09
That foul was on Taber, but Pritchard exited. IU travels on offense and it's back to UW.
9:09
Landry misses on a turnaround and Leuer gets called for a strange foul going for the O board. Interesting.
9:10
Krabby blocks Dumes on the drive, but the ref calls him for a foul with the body. Gotta like the hustle, Bo certainly does. Tough call, but Dumes will head to the line. He hits both and he's 5-for-5 at the line. IU is 7-for-7.
9:11
Leuer puts the ball on the floor, spins and misses, IU ball. Dumes fires a three from Indianapolis at the other end. No good. Hughes rebounds and goes all the way for a bucket.
9:12
IU misses and Krabby rebounds. He dribbles up and leaves it for Leuer who gets in the lane and draws a foul on Taber. UW ball under the hoop.
9:12
J-Bo can't convert off the in bounds and IU will slow it down a touch.
9:13
Krabby gets the call back that they made on him earlier. He draws a charge on Jones by helping and setting his feet. Hughes then finds Leuer for a THREE!
9:13
UW leads 41-34 with 15:30 left.
9:14
IU misses, but gets the offensive board. They miss again and the ball goes OB to Wisconsin. Media timeout.
Wisconsin 41
Indiana 34
15:25 left

9:15
[Comment From Pzaman]
Do you have a site for live stats?
9:16
But don't leave the live blog!
9:16
[Comment From chuck]
looks like concerted effort on offense by badgers to work it down low
9:16
[Comment From chuck]
makes sense since we have definite heighth advantage
9:16
Yeah... I think that's an accurate statement. Coach wants Marcus and Jon to be tougher down low. So far... they are this half.
9:17
Hughes drives and draws contact. He'll shoot two. That foul was on Taber. Now Taber, Jones and Pritchard all have three fouls.
Hughes drains both facing the student sections and the Big Heads.
9:17
Keaton in now as Jones misfires on a three from the wing. Landry rebounds.
9:18
Landry with a nice pass to Joe who had a great seal down low. He converts the easy two. UW up 11 now, 45-34
9:19
Hughes called for a hand-check foul and IU will in bound.
9:19
Taber picks up his fourth foul on a charge. Crowd is how do we put this... angry. Another foul on IU and the Hoosiers are coming unglued with their crowd.
9:20
Cheers that rhyme with Full Hit and Glass Bowl are now flying around.
9:20
Joe goes to the line after the dust settles for a 1-and-1. He hits both one of two.
9:20
UW leads by 12.
9:22
Great defense by Wisconsin forces IU turnover and a timeout. They forced them into the final 5 seconds of the shot clock, which has been a rarity tonight, and IU got in trouble on the baseline and stepped out.
9:23
Wisconsin 46
Indiana 34
13:21 left

9:23
[Comment From Pete]
Indiana's defense isn't good enough to stop the Badgers deep into the 2nd half
9:24
UW on a 15-4 run to start the second half here. Defense and interior play are the reason.
9:25
Joe gets it low and gets blocked... the crowd goes nuts, but UW keeps it. Jarmusz tries to get off a shot, but the shot clock expires and the crowd is even louder. They're trying to rally their squad down 12.
9:26
IU gets inside 10 on the shot clock again and ends up throwing it out off UW with 3 seconds on the clock.
9:26
They get it to Pritchard for a missed long two. Ball goes OB to IU under the hoop.
9:27
Roth heaves an off-balanced three and misses. J-Bo rebounds... UW works it to Tim and he splashes a THREE! UW up 15 now and clicking on all cylinders.
9:28
Hughes badgers his man, but picks up a foul near midcourt. That brings us to a TO.
Wisconsin 49
Indiana 34
11:12 left

9:28
[Comment From Pughbert]
jarmusz has been looking better and better, keep it up!!
9:28
[Comment From chuck]
r we in bonus already?
9:28
You bet.
9:28
[Comment From Rick]
Nice to have some breathing room!  Time for Landry to get going.
9:30
Stat check: Wisconsin has four fouls this half, IU has 7.
IU is out-rebounding UW 23-20, but TOs are 13-4.
9:31
UW on an 18-2 run as we return to action. A foul on Tim sends Williams to the line. He hits both.
That's Indiana's first point since the 19:38 mark... we're at 10:59 now by the way.
9:32
Hughes can't get a 3 to go and IU boards. Hughes is called for a light bump in the lane. That's three on him and he'll come out for a blow.
9:32
Bo just asked... "where are these coming from?" referring to the quick fouls on UW.
9:32
[Comment From Jim T]
The Hoosiers have another run in them.  We need to turn it back.
9:33
Landry slaps it away and IU will keep it with 15 on the shot clock. Roth misses a three from the corner and UW baords. Roth hasn't gotten going tonight, which is big for UW.
9:33
Krabby makes the IU miss hurt with two in the lane. UW up 51-36
9:33
Story answers for IU with a two. First FG in 9:00 for Indiana there.
9:34
J-Bo misses a three and Krabby is called for a foul going for the board. He looks at Coach Ryan and says... I never touched him. I believe him. Fouls are evening out now as Dumes heads to the line.
9:35
Team fouls are 7 apieace and Dumes hits both. He has 10.
Joe answers with two. He's tied a career-high with 16 points. Big night for Krabbs.
9:37
J-Bo passes on a three and misses a two. IU rebounds and runs it up.
Krabby gets called for a loose ball foul after an Indiana miss. Joe will exit and the Badger faithful behind the bench appreciate his hard work tonight.
9:37
Pritchard misses the front end of the FTs and UW rebounds.
9:37
Hughes slices like a hot knife through butter to get a two off the glass. Pop has 16 points.
9:38
Jones forces a tough two and Leuer rebounds. UW hustles it up.
9:39
Tim misses from the corner but Pop rebounds and UW will have a fresh clock.
They don't capitalize though as Leuer picks up a foul and turnover.
Under 8:00 timeout.
9:39
Wisconsin 55
Indiana 40
6:37 left

9:39
[Comment From chuck]
would be nice to get it up to a "safe" lead and get guys like wilson, gull, and some of our BIG frosh in the game....don't want to get too greedy tho
9:40
Actually the big Frosh (Markolf and Bergreen) probably won't get in tonight. Markolf didn't travel (UW can only bring 15 of 17 on the roster) and Jared will probably redshirt. But it would be nice to see Wilson.
9:41
[Comment From Cris in Denver]
This is kind of effort we need going into Sunday. Let's carry it thru to the final buzzer and start out that way on Sunday.
9:41
No doubt.
9:42
Krabby and Landry force a wild shot from Jones and UW rebounds. IU is searching now.
9:42
Hughes steps back and splashes a three! He's got 19.
9:43
Another IU turnover gives it back to UW, up by 18 points.
9:43
Marcus gets into the lane, gets his man in the air and scores. Nice move... very assertive. Landry has 7 points.
9:44
Landry then picks up a foul trying to check Dumes. That's his 1st, but its the team's 10th and IU is in the double bonus.
9:44
Dumes hits both FTs and he's got a dozen.
9:45
A hand-check foul on Dumes will send Hughes to the line for a 1-and-1. That's 8 team fouls on IU.
9:45
He hits both.
That's his 8th career 20-point game and four this season.
9:46
Story misses a three and Krabby rebounds. This one is under control now.
9:47
Joe drives and hits a two for a new career-high. I think he knew he had 16 becuase he looked like he was going to score at all costs there. UW up 22 now, 64-42.
9:47
Media timeout
Wisconsin 64
Indiana 42
3:10 left

9:48
What a second-half performance by Bucky tonight. On both ends of the floor really. IU has just 12 points this half, while UW has 33.
9:48
UW is shooting a red-hot 57.1% this half while IU is just 14.3% (2-for-14).
9:50
Jones will have two FTs coming out of the TO. I missed that foul there. He hits both and "cuts" the lead to 20.
9:50
Landry for two from teh low block and UW is cruising.
9:52
UW will be called for a shot clock violation and it will be IU ball with 1:46 left

9:53
IU misses a 3-pointer and there is a scramble to recover the ball. Posession arrow points to Indiana so it will stay there.
9:54
Jones is fouled on his shot and makes it a 3-point play.
Wisconsin: 66 Indiana: 49 with 1:00 left

9:55
There is a stopage in play now as Matt Roth is down for IU
9:57
Wilson, Gullikson, Cain, Valentyn and Wquinton Smith are on the floor for Wisconsin

9:58
68-49 Wisconsin with 20 seconds left. UW is called for a traveling violation. IU ball with 10 seconds left
9:58
And that will finish it! 68-51 Wisconsin is a final score!

9:59
Good night from Bloomington and thanks for following along.
9:37
 

 


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