Wisconsin is officially heating up at the perfect time of year.
Indiana is headed home after falling short of its goal of winning the Big Ten tournament title again. The Hoosiers must wait to find out Sunday whether its 68-56 loss to the Badgers in the semfinals will cost it the top seed in the Midwest Regional in the NCAA tournament.
Playing in the Midwest Region would allow Indiana to start the tournament in Dayton and move to Indianapolis in the second week if it advances. Perhaps, Louisville will now be awarded the opportunity to stay close to home if it wins the Big East title later today.
The loss to Wisconsin really means nothing more to the Hoosiers than that in terms of its spot in the NCAA tournament, but they can't be feeling great about themselves after the way they have played the past few weeks. They're now 3-3 in the past six games. Indiana had lost three games in the entire season prior to this recent stretch.
Considering they won the regular season championship in the toughest conference in the nation this season and then advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament, it's unlikely the Hoosiers fall out of one of the top four spots in the tournament.
Wisconsin lost two of its final three games in the regular season but has pulled it together in the conference tournament beating two top-six teams in consecutive days. The Badgers will face Ohio State in the championship after it beat Michigan State in the other semifinal
The Badgers absolutely own Indiana these days. They beat the Hoosiers for the 12th consecutive time today. It was the third victory over a top-five team this season.
It's going to take a tough, gritty team to beat the Badgers from here on. This is a team that is holding most of its opponents of late to fewer than 60 points per game and it has also proven it is capable of overcoming long stretches of poor offense. It beat Michigan in the quarterfinals, despite making just five shots in the first half.