Not many positives to take away from this game.
Indiana dismantled the Badgers 63-45 at Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon. The Badgers were ice-cold from the field going 18 of 56 (32 percent, and an eye-gouging 5 of 24 from three.
Guard Connor Essegian was the only Wisconsin player to score in double figures (14 points).
This is the third straight game where forward Tyler Wahl did not play; due to an ankle injury. This is not a good basketball team without Wahl’s presence. Wisconsin as a team shoots 36.3 percent from three and 42 percent from the field.
The Badgers have now lost three straight games without Wahl because they don’t have that low-post threat. Wisconsin is relying heavily on the three-ball as they shot 29 against Illinois, 23 against Michigan State, and 24 against Indiana. Wisconsin’s frontcourt has talked at length about “not getting away from our game” and “touching the post.” Yet it seems like the offensive strategy without Wahl has been to shoot a lot of threes and see what happens.
Indiana was more efficient on Saturday as they hit 46 percent of their shots and got key contributions from Trayce Jackson-Davis (18 points on 9 of 13 shooting) and Jalen-Hood Schifino (16 points on 8 of 15 shooting.)
Hopefully, Wisconsin can play better Tuesday as they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Tip-off is set for 8:30 (EST) on BTN.