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Top 25: No. 22 Wisconsin 68, No. 3 Indiana 56

Published March 16, 2013 3:14 pm

Top 25 basketball • The Badgers beat Indiana for the 12th consecutive time.
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Chicago • Ryan Evans scored 16 points to help No. 22 Wisconsin upset No. 3 Indiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday.

The Badgers allowed only seven points after the top-seeded Hoosiers pulled within one with 9 minutes, 45 seconds left. They earned their 12th consecutive win against Indiana, tying a record for any school against the powerhouse program, and will play Ohio State or Michigan State in Sunday's final.

Ben Brust added 12 points for Wisconsin (23-10), which has won three straight and six of eight. Sam Dekker scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including seven in a row during one impressive burst.

Christian Watford scored 14 points for Indiana (27-6), and Cody Zeller had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 10, but he was 4 for 12 from the field.

The Hoosiers, who won the regular-season conference title, now have to wait until Selection Sunday to see if they did enough to earn a coveted No. 1 seeds.

Zeller and Oladipo both made a couple of big plays when Wisconsin tried to pull away in the second half. Zeller scored the first five points in a 10-0 run that gave the Hoosiers a 41-40 lead with 13:27 remaining. Oladipo soared in for a big offensive rebound and made a pull-up jumper during a quick six-point burst that got Indiana within one with 9:45 left.

The Badgers then ripped off eight of the next 10 points to open a 58-51 lead. Evans had a layup, Brust went 1 for 2 at the line, Jared Berggren made a big 3-pointer and Dekker dunked inside off a nice pass from Jackson.

That was enough to put away the Hoosiers, who managed just two field goals over the final 5:02. Watford also hurt Indiana's chances when he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2:15 to go and the Badgers up by five. —