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5 keys to Indiana's loss to Wisconsin

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Hoosiers don't defend, rebound up to their standards

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top-seeded Indiana never controlled the pace or the rebounding and lost to Wisconsin 68-56 Saturday afternoon in the Big Ten tourney semifinals at Chicago's United Center.

Here are some of the keys to the loss:

1. Defense

IU couldn't stop Wisconsin, giving up numerous baskets at the end of the shot clock. The Badgers shot 51.0 percent from the field and were 7-for-18 from three-point range.

2. Rebounding

Wisconsin had a 35-30 rebound edge. It converted its 11 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.

3. Free throw shooting

IU has spent the season making more free throws than its opponents have attempted. Wisconsin was 11-for-18 from the line to Indiana's 9-for-14.

4. Turnovers

IU had 13 turnovers against 10 assists for the game. Its seven second-half turnovers blunted its comeback momentum.

5. Making shots

IU again struggled with its shooting against the Badgers. The Hoosiers shot just 32.1 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 38.2 percent. That was slightly better than the 37.0 percent they shot in the first game against them.