4 storylines for Indiana’s game at Wisconsin

1. Madison has been unkind to Indiana. The Hoosiers snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Badgers with a 75-72 upset win in Bloomington last January, but couldn’t make it two in a row when the teams met for a second time at Wisconsin a month later. So it seems to go for Indiana in Madison. The Hoosiers are winless in their last 12 games at Wisconsin, a frustrating streak that stretches back to 1998, predating even Badgers coach Bo Ryan. Wisconsin has lost only once at home this season, dropping an 80-70 decision to Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

2. Indiana needs to start taking its defense on the road. There hasn’t been merely one area where the Hoosiers have struggled in their last two road games — both of which have ended in defeat. But if one were to pinpoint a chief area of concern for Indiana, it would be its defense. Unfortunately for IU, there’s no surprise there. Indiana showed signs — however small — of improvement in a win over Rutgers on Saturday, ending the game with stops on seven of the Scarlet Knights’ final 10 possessions. If the Hoosiers are going to end their streak of futility in Madison, they’ll have to pack their defense against a Wisconsin team that has a size advantage at virtually every position.

3. How do the Hoosiers handle Frank Kaminsky? The 7-foot Wisconsin center is deceptively nimble for a player of his stature and is more than a big body to account for in the post. Kaminsky can, at times, move like a guard on the perimeter, where he’s second on the team with a .411 shooting percentage from 3-point range. Kaminsky is fourth in the Big Ten with 17.6 points per game, but he also does a fantastic job of creating for his teammates. In that regard, he has a little bit of Cody Zeller in him. Wisconsin can play through Kaminsky knowing he can draw attention and pass the ball with skill and awareness, so Indiana must strike the right balance in attacking Kaminsky.

4. Is Indiana due for another lineup switch? Tom Crean opted for his fourth different lineup in Saturday’s game against Rutgers, replacing Troy Williams with Stan Robinson and Robert Johnson with Nick Zeisloft. Crean said he wanted Robinson in the game as a defensive matchup against Kadeem Jack after the sophomore guard did an admirable job battling against Purdue’s A.J. Hammons days prior. Williams responded to the benching with his third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to help IU snap its two-game losing streak. Johnson, perhaps, benefitted from the switch as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered last weekend at Ohio State. Just how temporary are those switches? Crean could show us tonight.