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Indiana (6-23, 1-16 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (18-11, 9-8 Big Ten)

Time: 6:00 PM

TV: Big Ten Network

Opposing Blog: Crimson Quarry

It's easy for the Badgers today: Beat Indiana and clinch the No. 4 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. Lose, and Wisconsin could end up anywhere between No. 5 and No. 8, depending on the outcomes of today's games.

If the Badgers win...

Wisconsin will clinch the No. 4 seed and play either Ohio State or Penn State. If the Buckeyes beat Northwestern today, they clinch the No. 5 seed. If the Kitty Cats win, Penn State gets the No. 5 seed and the first round bye.

If the Badgers lose...

Things get tricky. Wisconsin will fall into either a three-way with Minnesota and Michigan or a five-way tie with Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State and Northwestern, depending on the outcome of the OSU-NU game.

UPDATE AT 6:03 PM: With Ohio State beating Northwestern, Ohio State clinches at least the No. 5 seed. If Wisconsin beats Indiana, it will play the Buckeyes next Friday in the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed. A loss would drop the Badgers to the No. 8 seed, in which case they would play No. 9 Northwestern on Thursday.

Now, on to today's game:

The Badgers got some good news Saturday when IU head coach Tom Crean announced Devan Dumes, who leads the Hoosiers in scoring, will not play. On a team that struggles to score, Dumes has been one of the team's few consistent offensive weapons.

It is also Senior Night at the Kohl Center, where four seniors will play their last home game. Marcus Landry, Joe Krabbenhoft, Kevin Gullikson and Morris Cain make up UW's outgoing senior class. Here are the legacies of these four seniors as I see it:

  • Marcus Landry - A player who went through one of the most incredible transformations off-the-court ever. Landry was ruled academically ineligible during the second semester of his freshman season. Since then he has made amazing changes. He got married, has three kids and is one of the team's better students.
  • Joe Krabbenhoft - One of the toughest players in the history of UW basketball. He suceeded on sheer will and determination. He's also destined to be a coach.
  • Kevin Gullikson - A walk-on who had the determination to earn a scholarship, but could have succeeded more if he took his opportunity more seriously. When Landry was suspended in 2006, Gullikson was forced to play because sophomore Greg Steimsma was also academically ineligible. Gullikson was undersized but he wasn't afraid to bang in the Big Ten. If it weren't for a number of drinking tickets, Gullikson might have become a big part of the rotation this season.
  • Morris Cain - A walk-on who did a fine job on the scout team, but like Gullikson, he didn't always put basketball ahead of his social life on State Street. Cain once led all scorers in a Red-White Scrimmage game.

My Prediction: Wisconsin 72, Indiana 49

The only reason this game worries me is because I've been saying all along that somewhere, somehow Indiana would steal a game and get a second conference win. Well, this is their last chance. Still, Wisconsin is just better. It's Senior Night and there is too much on the line.

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  • 25%
    Wisconsin by 20 or more
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  • 37%
    Wisconsin by 10-19 points
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  • 37%
    Wisconsin by 9 or less
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  • 0%
    Indiana pulls off the upset
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