BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Wisconsin is making Indiana its second home.
Even in basketball.
Ryan Evans scored 13 points, Traevon Jackson added 11 and the unranked Badgers used their typically deliberate, safe style to upset the second-ranked Hoosiers 64-59 and take sole possession of the conference lead.
Surprised? Not the Badgers.
“It’s huge you know," Jackson said. “We’ll celebrate for 24 hours and then we got to get ready for Iowa. Just got to get ready for another one."
The numbers tell the tale.
Wisconsin has won 11 consecutive games in this series, matching the second-longest streak of any school Indiana has played. The Badgers also won 11 straight over Indiana from 1912-19 and Purdue won 12 straight from 1908-14.
That’s not all.
The Badgers (13-2, 4-0) are the first team since 1923 to win a fifth consecutive game in Bloomington, matching a record achieved only three other times, most recently by Purdue, and they still have not lost to Indiana coach Tom Crean since he arrived in Bloomington in 2008. And they got this win on a night that coach Bo Ryan was not feeling well and in the same state the Badgers have won their past two league championships in football.
Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half when he was eight of eight from the field and finished with 10 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1).
Also on Tuesday:
No. 12 Creighton 79
Northern Iowa 68
OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and Creighton pulled away for a win over Northern Iowa.
St. John’s 67
No. 20 Notre Dame 63
NEW YORK — JaKarr Sampson scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and St. John’s handed Notre Dame its second straight loss.