Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Badgers take out Hoosiers

CHICAGO — Ryan Evans scored 16 to lead No. 22 Wisconsin to a 68-56 upset of No. 3 Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals Saturday.

The Badgers have won 12 in a row against Indiana. The only other school to win 12 in a row against it is Purdue from 1908-14.

"There are just things in this game, no matter how you try to explain them, they defy explanation," said Badgers coach Bo Ryan, whose team faces Ohio State in today's final. "But we have players who are willing to work, to listen, to buy in."

No. 4 seeded Wisconsin (23-10) allowed only seven points after the top-seeded Hoosiers (27-6) pulled within one with 9:45 left. The ensuing 8-2 run included Jared Berggren's 3-pointer, the only one he tried during the day.

"Just biding my time, picking my spots," said Berggren, who went 4-for-4 from the field. "I was looking for a great shot, not a good one."

The Hoosiers now must wait to see if they earn a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

"Obviously, we wanted to get this win," said Cody Zeller, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. "We'll learn from it. We'll figure out what we did wrong. We'll make the corrections and be ready for (the tournament)."

No. 10 Ohio St. 61, No. 8 Mich. St. 58: Aaron Craft scored 18 of his 20 during the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (25-7). He also had nine assists and four steals.

"You don't get to coach a lot of guys like him, just from A to Z and everything he stands for," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "He kind of makes us go on both ends of the floor."

Craft keyed a 7-0 run midway through the second half that came after the No. 3-seeded Spartans (25-8) pulled within one.

"Just trying to believe in myself," Craft said. "I think we have a lot of plays that we can execute that get me open shots and help me create for someone else."

Spartans coach Tom Izzo said there is one bright spot to the loss.

"I am really looking forward to playing somebody else," he said. "I think the other Big Ten teams are. We've really beaten the hell out of each other."

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