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Badgers hold off No. 2 Indiana for 64-59 upset

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Badgers hold off No. 2 Indiana for 64-59 upset

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Wisconsin is making Indiana its second home.

Even in basketball.

Ryan Evans scored 13 points, Traevon Jackson added 11 and the unranked Badgers used their typically deliberate, safe style to upset the second-ranked Hoosiers 64-59 and take sole possession of the conference lead.

Surprised? Not the Badgers.

``It's huge you know,'' Jackson said. ``We'll celebrate for 24 hours and then we got to get ready for Iowa. Just got to get ready for another one.''

The numbers tell the tale.

Wisconsin has won 11 consecutive games in this series, matching the second-longest streak of any school Indiana has played. The Badgers also won 11 straight over Indiana from 1912-19 and Purdue won 12 straight from 1908-14.

That's not all.

The Badgers (13-2, 4-0) are the first team since 1923 to win a fifth consecutive game in Bloomington, matching a record achieved only three other times, most recently by Purdue, and they still have not lost to Indiana coach Tom Crean since he arrived in Bloomington in 2008.

And they got this win on a night that coach Bo Ryan was not feeling well and in the same state the Badgers have won their last two league championships in football.

``I really liked how hard our guys played, the adjustments our guys made on the court, I thought our assistant coaches did a great job in practice, getting us ready for this game because the head coach is a little under the weather,'' Ryan said. ``It' like whoa! I feel like someone just took me in the corner and worked me over.''

If that's not enough to convince the detractors, Wisconsin now has seven straight wins and two victories over Top 15 teams in the last four days by doing the same thing - slowing the pace, taking advantage of opportunities and limiting the turnovers. That's Badgers basketball.

Indiana, which moved from No. 5 to No. 2 in The Associated Press poll on Monday, looked nothing like its usual self.

The nation's highest-scoring team finished with fewer than 60 points for the first time all season. One of America's top shooting teams finished with a season-low 37 percent from the field. And the only Big Ten school with five players averaging in double figures only had three players score at least 10 points.

Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half when he was 8 of 8 from the field and finished with 10 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1). Christian Watford added 11 points and Victor Oladipo had 10.

That wasn't nearly good enough against a defense that turned this game into a possession-by-possession slog where baskets were scarce. Indiana struggled to adjust and missing shots certainly didn't help.

``We just weren't moving the ball like we should have, like we do, and I think when we see the film we'll see that it's not as much them as it was us,'' Crean said. ``I'm not taking anything away from them. They played well.''

In fact, the Badgers followed the script perfectly.

They committed just eight turnovers and took advantage of seemingly every opportunity they had, especially in the second half as Hoosiers fans moaned and groaned about everything from missed shots to errant passes.

Indiana opened the second half with a three-point play to extend its halftime lead to 35-31, but managed only six points over the next 6:34.

The drought opened the door for Wisconsin, which rallied with a 7-0 run to take a 38-37 lead. A few minutes later, the Badgers were off on a 9-0 spurt that ended when Mike Bruesewitz's 3 beat the shot-clock buzzer to give Wisconsin a 47-39 lead.

``They bait you with their drives and kicks,'' Crean said. ``In the second half, they made shots and some of them reminded me of the Michael Jordan-Larry Bird McDonald's commercial.''

Wisconsin led by as much as 51-41 before the Hoosiers finally cranked up the pressure.

Indiana scored four straight and after Evans made 1 of 2 free throws, the Hoosiers scored six straight to pull to 52-51 on Yogi Ferrell's 3 with 4:40 to go.

But that was as Indiana got.

Ben Brust made a 17-foot jumper and the Badgers closed it out with a game-ending 12-8 run.

``It's just what we normally do,'' Ryan said. ``We try to take away giving up easy baskets. I think everybody in the country says that, and then you've got to do it. Our guys have bought into that, especially tonight because Indiana is that good.''

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Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan began tackling the items on his very long to-do list with the signing of prospect forward Shane Gersich. The team announced Monday that Gersich was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract that carries a cap hit of $700,000.

Gersich will remain a restricted free agent at the end of the deal but will still be one year away from becoming arbitration eligible.

Gersich, who will turn 23 in July, just finished his first full professional season with the Hershey Bears, recording eight goals and 16 assists in 66 games.

“I learned a ton,” Gersich told NBC Sports Washington about his first AHL season. “I think our staff here is unbelievable. They've taught me so much, whether it's [showing] me video or doing skills or whatever. Can't say enough good things about them. And just my overall game, playing 200 feet and being aware of little details in the game. I think my game's grown a ton.”

Gersich’s original contract was for two seasons, but the first year was burned at the end of the 2017-18 season when he signed out of college at the end of the season and joined the Caps’ roster.

That transition from Stanley Cup champion to AHL the following season was a tough one for Gersich initially.

“Obviously, you were making your NHL debut and stuff like that, then it's kind of back to work and square one,” Gersich said. “For me, I know [I'm] definitely not the kid that's going to shy away from working or anything like that. So obviously, you've got to earn everything you get, and then that's how it is at every level.”

The speedy forward played in five games for Washington, three in the regular season and two in the playoffs during the Stanley Cup run. His speed was evident and has led many fans to wonder if the future is now for the young forward. His first year in Hershey showed, however, he still has a lot to learn before he reaches the NHL.

Gersich is still very much learning the game at the professional level. There was a little too much reaction in his game as opposed to action, which mitigated his speed. That is something he knows he needs to refine.

“I think just always being aware out there,” he said when talking about aspects of his game he wants to improve on. “Keeping my head on a swivel and making little plays. Just using my strengths too, I think. I've got to realize that I can use my speed out there a lot.”

The Caps will have a few roster spots open next season and not much money under the cap to fill those spots. Using young prospects is always an intriguing option. Gersich’s new contract, however, seems to indicate the Caps anticipate him spending the season in the AHL.

Gersich’s new contract carries an NHL salary of $700,000, which is actually lower than his first contract with a $925,000 salary. His minor-league salary, however, went up from $70,000 to $115,000. It may look like Gerisch is getting a pay cut based on the NHL numbers, but he actually is getting a raise because, barring a dazzling training camp, he will be spending most if not all of next season in Hershey. And if he does surprise, well now he has a lower NHL cap hit which is very important for a Washington team that will likely be very close to the salary cap.

While the implications of the contract seem clear, Gersich is excited for the opportunity to show he belongs in the NHL at training camp in the fall.

“Obviously, I want to play in the NHL,” he said. “It's been my goal my whole life, and that's the reason I left North Dakota. I think I'm ready for it, but you've got to wait and see until the time comes.”

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