4 storylines for Indiana’s game at Wisconsin #iubb

1. Kohl Center has been a house of horrors for IU.
Thomas Bryant was 5 months old the last time the Hoosiers won a game in Madison, Wisc. Yes, it’s been a long, long time since Indiana last claimed victory at the Kohl Center in 1998. The Hoosiers have lost 13 consecutive games at Wisconsin, which is the third-longest active streak in the Big Ten. IU’s skid in Madison is easily their longest active streak against Big Ten teams. The Hoosiers’ next longest road losing streak is two in a row at both Michigan State and Purdue. Meanwhile, in Tom Crean’s eight seasons as IU coach, the Hoosiers are 2-12 against the Badgers. One of those wins came earlier this month, and now Indiana has a chance to score its first season sweep of Wisconsin since the 1995-96 season.

2. Ethan Happ’s emergence for Wisconsin.
The freshman forward is picking up his play at the right time for the Badgers, who carry a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game. Happ has been at the center of Wisconsin’s last two wins, hitting the game-winning shot to take down No. 4 Michigan State on Jan. 17 before scoring a career-high 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds last week against Penn State. That performance earned Happ his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, and he leads the conference with seven double-doubles this season. For the year, he’s averaging 12.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.

3. Turnovers can’t travel.
Wisconsin scored 24 points off IU’s 19 turnovers in the Jan. 5 meeting between these teams — something the Hoosiers can’t afford to repeat in the rematch. Turnovers remain the primary concern for an Indiana offense that has otherwise produced at an efficient clip. IU’s 14.6 turnovers per game are the most in the Big Ten, while its turnover percentage of 20.6 is among the worst figures in the nation. As part of the process for addressing the problem, IU players are now doing additional running in practice as punishment for their errors. It’s gotten the Hoosiers’ attention, like in Saturday’s game when IU managed to fix its sloppiness during the course of the game. While the in-game adjustment was encouraging, Indiana needs to show more attention to detail in this department.

4. Hoosiers climbing in polls
A significant climb in the polls has accompanied Indiana’s 12-game winning streak. The Hoosiers jumped six spots in both polls Monday, entering the week at No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and slotting at No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Indiana ran away with a pair of sizable victories last week, beating Illinois and Northwestern by an average margin of 33 points. In the AP poll, the Hoosiers leapfrogged Duke, Purdue and Kentucky on the way to their place at No. 19. IU is one of five Big Ten teams in the Associated Press Top 25, joining No. 3 Iowa, No. 8 Maryland, No. 12 Michigan State and the No. 21 Boilermakers.