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Hoosiers upset No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72

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  • Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker (15) and Indiana guard Evan Gordon (10) fight for control of the basketball in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

      Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker (15) and Indiana guard Evan Gordon (10) fight for control of the basketball in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

 
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a stunning 75-72 upset over previously unbeaten Wisconsin.

The third-ranked Badgers (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) were trying to become the first team ever to win 13 straight games over the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2).

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Wisconsin started the night as one of Division I's four remaining unbeaten teams and it looked like it would stay that way when the Badgers took a 10-point lead with 13:27 to play.

But the Hoosiers, playing their best game of the season, answered with 12 straight points to take a 54-52 lead with 9 minutes left.

Indiana led 70-65 with 2:03 remaining but still had to fend off Wisconsin's late challenge. Ferrell made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left to give Indiana the three-point lead and both of Wisconsin's potentially tying 3-pointers came up short.

Traevon Jackson led the Badgers with a career-high 21 points.

The hometown fans stormed the court after Indiana won its second straight and prevented Wisconsin from tying another dubious record by winning its sixth in a row in Bloomington.

Instead, some of the young Hoosiers came up big.

While senior Will Sheehey scored 13 points, freshman Stanford Robinson added a career-high 13. And another freshman, Noah Vonleh had 10 points, five rebounds and two 3s.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, did not play its usual brand of mistake-free basketball. It turned the ball over 10 times, went just 1 of 4 from the free throw line and couldn't quite catch the Hoosiers late.

Jackson did everything he could to rally the Badgers after spending the final 8 minutes of the first half on the bench in foul trouble. He opened the second half by scoring Wisconsin's first nine points, helping the Badgers take a 52-42 lead with 13:27 to go.

But Ferrell, Sheehey and Robinson helped the Hoosiers storm back.

Gordon started Indiana's big run with a 17-footer. Sheehey and Robinson followed with consecutive layups and when Vonleh posted up for a short jumper in the paint with 9 minutes left, the Hoosiers led 54-52.

Indiana went up 70-65 on Ferrell's 18-footer with 2:03 to play.

After Wisconsin cut the led to 73-72 on Frank Kaminsky's putback with 28.5 seconds left, Ferrell hit two free throws and the Badgers missed the two 3-point attempts.

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