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The Indiana University men’s basketball team upset the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday 75-72, giving the Badgers their first loss of the season.
Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell led the team in scoring with 25 points. Will Sheehey and Stanford Robinson followed, each scoring 13 points.
The Hoosiers kept the score tight throughout the game. At halftime, IU trailed by one point, 35-34.
But IU trailed most of the second half until they tied it up with about nine minutes left in the game. The Hoosiers were able to hold on to the lead for most of the rest of the game.
IU fans quickly took to social media after the buzzer sounded.
Here's a statistic for you Tom Crean haters: Indiana is now 6-1 against the top 5 in the last 3 years. And 4-0 against the top 3. #iubb— Tyler Smith (@sports_TYs_20) January 15, 2014
Former IU basketball star Victor Oladipo, who was the No. 2 NBA draft pick last year and now plays for the Orlando Magic, even joined in the conversation, congratulating the Hoosiers.
IU head coach Tom Crean says although the program has had plenty of big wins, it’s a big deal to this team.
“I mean we had a long week from Michigan State to Penn State but we’ve gotten a lot better, and we got a lot better the last couple of days,” Crean says. “It’s amazing what happens when some real confidence starts to come.”
The Hoosiers now have two straight wins over Big Ten opponents after defeating Penn State Saturday in University Park.
“We’ve come very far, had a lot of early losses, but I felt like we learned from watching film,” Ferrell says. “We’ve been working hard in practice, but we’re not going to be content with it.”
The Hoosiers are now 12-5 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play heading into Saturday’s game against Northwestern at Assembly Hall.