Wisconsin completed a perfect home schedule in its last game. Now it will try to start carrying that success to the road with tournament time approaching.
The No. 10 Badgers look to win their fourth straight when they take on Indiana in the first of two road games to close the regular season.
Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten) has gone 4-5 away from Madison, due in part to subpar shooting. The Badgers have made 40.4 percent from the field on the road compared to 49.2 at home.
The Badgers are coming off a 78-63 win over Northwestern on Sunday in which they shot 57.4 percent. Jon Leuer finished with 26 points and six rebounds while Jordan Taylor had 16 points and seven assists for Wisconsin, which went 16-0 at home.
“All I said after the game was we closed out the home portion of the schedule,” coach Bo Ryan said. “Now we still have games to play. But I’ve never talked about (finishing undefeated at home).”
Wisconsin closes the regular season at No. 1 Ohio State on Sunday. The Badgers have won two of their last three road games, though they shot 37.3 percent in that span.
Leuer is averaging 16.3 points on the road and 21.3 at home.
He and the Badgers will be trying for their eighth straight victory over the Hoosiers (12-17, 3-13). Wisconsin won the first meeting of the season 69-60 at Madison on Jan. 20 despite allowing Indiana to shoot 51 percent, as Taylor scored 28 points and Leuer added 20.
Wisconsin has taken three in a row in Bloomington, limiting the Hoosiers to 54.3 points a game and 48.5 in the last two. Indiana shot 41 percent overall and 17.2 percent from 3-point range in the three contests.
The Badgers face a struggling Indiana team that’s dropped six straight and three in a row to Top 25 opponents. The most recent of those matchups came Sunday, an 82-61 loss to the then-No. 2 Buckeyes.
The Hoosiers shot 36 percent in the first half and trailed by 15 at the break. Indiana, which got 14 points from Verdell Jones III and 12 from Christian Watford, made 38.5 percent from the field overall.
“You have to be clicking on the offensive and defensive end to beat a team like this,” coach Tom Crean said. “When they started to get momentum we couldn’t get it back.”
Indiana allowed an opponent to reach 70 points for the fourth straight game. The Hoosiers are giving up 72.1 points a contest in conference play.