Badger Bits: High risk, low reward tonight in Bloomington

This is just one of those games that you hate to watch. The Badgers should win, have to win and probably will win. But when it is all over, there won't be a whole lot of satisfaction either way.

If Wisconsin were to lose to Indiana tonight, it would just be another bad blow to their NCAA Tournament seeding, which has fallen from a possible No. 2 seed to a No. 4 or even No. 5 seed since its loss at Minnesota a week ago.

If Wisconsin were to win, it probably wouldn't do much to its seeding. This is like playing Cal Poly or The Citadel in football. Other than adding another "W" to the win column, there isn't much to gain tonight.

But more importantly than seeding, the Badgers can only hope to be put in the St. Louis Regional with their first and second round games occuring in Milwaukee. With every loss, those chances grow dimmer and a loss tonight against Indiana would probably end any chance of that happening.

This is an Indiana team that has lost eight straight games and had its brains beaten in by the Badgers at the Kohl Center Feb. 13.

We'll save the Keys to the Game and predictions for tonight's pre-game show so be sure to join us right here at 7:30 CT to listen to The 5th Quarter Radio Show. We'll take your phone calls and get a live report from Assembly Hall.

Hummel out for season

What an awful break for Purdue and the Big Ten. Robbie Hummel -- a surefire first-team All-Big Ten player -- will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in last night's win at Minnesota.

No one wants to see the Big Ten's best get hurt and I feel like I've been robbed of a legitimate season with all the injuries that have gone down in the conference this year. Hummel's is the latest blow and the worst of them all.

Richmond gets the best of Dukan

I mentioned the other day that Wisconsin-signee Duje Dukan would be playing Illinois-signee Jereme Richmond for the Central Suburban League Championship in the Chicagoland area. That game happened last night and it was certainly a thriller.

Even though Richmond's 23 points helped Waukegan top Deerfield 93-87 in overtime, Dukan helped his team overcome an 11-point deficit with 2:30 left in the game by hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

You can read the recap of the game here and check out photos here.

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