- Eric Gordon, playing with a bruised or broken or sprained wrist on his off hand, was awful in the first half but seemed to become more comfortable as the game progressed. He finished with 16 points on 6-14 from the field.
- DJ White was great. White may well be positioning himself to beat out his teammate for Big Ten MVP. White scored 22 points on 13 shots, including 8-10 from the line, and grabbed 17 rebounds. He did turn the ball over four times.
- Can't Armon Bassett have an average game just once? Unfortunately, last night Bad Armon made an appearance: 1-7 from the field, 2 points. He did have two assists and no turnovers, at least.
- Jamarcus Ellis scored only 4 points on 2-6 from the field but managed 13 rebounds, including a tea, high 11 defensive rebounds. His one blocked shot, an out-of-nowhere breakup of a Wisconsin layup, will be a Sportscenter staple for a while.
- Lance Stemler. 1-6 from the field, 3 points. The reality was even uglier than the stat line. Stemler had some open looks. He not only missed those shots, but on about three of the misses looked about as graceful as a senior citizen pulled out of the crowd for a halfcourt shot promotion.
IU will be back on track with a home win against Northwestern on Sunday, but it's fair to be concerned about this team. Perhaps, given the amount of new blood on this team and a second-year coach, expectations were too high. As I said, losing at Wisconsin is no sin, but we will have to play much better to handle tough-but-winnable road games against Illinois and Ohio State. This season isn't over, and IU can weather a loss on the road against a top program. But this team hasn't shown much growth in recent weeks, and that needs to change before we go to the other Assembly Hall next Thursday.