CHICAGO -- No. 3 Indiana (27-5, 14-4) and No. 22 Wisconsin (22-10, 12-6) meet in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.
Zeller scored 24 points in Indiana's quarterfinal win over Illinois Friday.
2 Players to Watch
Indiana Sophomore Forward Cody Zeller
In the month of March, Zeller is averaging 22 points per game, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. The sophomore scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Badgers earlier this season.
Wisconsin Junior Guard Ben Brust
Brust has his work cut out for him going up against Victor Oladipo on both ends of the floor. Wisconsin needs a complete game from the junior, who scored 14 points in their win over No. 6 Michigan in the quarterfinals.
4 Keys to the Game
1. Zeller vs. Berggren
There's few, if any across the nation who have had the success defending Cody Zeller that Jared Berggren has had. Indiana's super sophomore scored 24 points on 9-11 shooting in their win over Illinois in the quarterfinals. Zeller went off on the Badgers in their only meeting this season, going for 23 points and 10 rebounds. Wisconsin needs a solid defensive outing from Berggren today.
Oladipo attempted just seven shots against Wisconsin in the first meeting earlier this season.
2. Take Oladipo out of the game
Indiana is nearly unbeatable when Victor Oladipo can spark a game. Wisconsin took Indiana's catalyst out of the game in the first meeting, holding him to just seven shots from the field.
3. Early Lead
Wisconsin has beaten Indiana in 11-straight games. The Hoosiers have likely locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. There's two key recipes for the Badgers to get off to a fast start Saturday.
4. 3-point defense
Indiana is one of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams at 41.5 percent. Wisconsin will play Zeller straight-up, making the Hoosiers play inside the arc for the most part.
7 Notable Stats
- Wisconsin has won 11-straight games over Indiana, including a 64-59 win over the No. 2 ranked Hoosiers at Assembly Hall earlier this season.
- Wisconsin owns a 16-13 (.536) overall record in Big Ten Tournament, winning championships in 2004 and 2008 and advancing to the finals in 2005 and 2007.
- Bo Ryan’s teams are 12-9 in the Big Ten Tournament.
- Last season the No. 4 seed Badgers beat No. 5 Indiana, 79-71, before losing to No. 1 seed Michigan State, 65-52, in the semifinals.
- Indiana is the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in the 16-year history of the event.
- The Hoosiers lead the all-time series against the Badgers 94-65.
- The Badgers are 5-5 against teams in the AP Top 25 this season, with all 5 wins coming against teams ranked in the top 15.
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