BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coach Tom Crean watched his young Hoosiers grow up Tuesday night.
Stunned fans were overjoyed with the results.
The turnovers and fouls were down. The defense improved and the Hoosiers did more than play for pride — they protected their home court against a team that hadn’t lost all season.
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 25 points, including two free throws with 18.1 seconds left, and freshman Stanford Robinson added a career-best 13 before grabbing the final rebound on a missed three-pointer to preserve Indiana’s 75-72 upset over No. 3 Wisconsin — a feat that sent students streaming onto the court.
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“The program has had a lot of big wins. To the team, it means a great deal,” Crean said. “To me, the team needs this.”
The postgame celebration exemplified how critical the victory was to a team that has been mostly inconsistent.
Wisconsin (16-1 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) was trying to become the first team to ever win 13 straight over Indiana.
The tale of the tape appeared to be stacked against the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2). But Indiana committed a mere nine turnovers, limited Wisconsin to four free throws and managed to dig itself out from a 10-point second-half deficit.
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