The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and televised games on the schedule for Tuesday, Jan. 14 will include one of the undefeated teams in the nation looking to stay that way, and remain near the top of the rankings. The currently-ranked No.3 Wisconsin Badgers are a perfect 16-0 so far this season and 3-0 in the Big Ten conference. However, they could face a tough test in a visit to the Indiana Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten). The latest televised and live streaming NCAA basketball game arrives on Tuesday for fans on ESPN.
According to Madison.com Sports, Indiana coach Tom Crean has been full of praise for opposing coach Bo Ryan, who will bring the Badgers to play at Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening. Crean's team has lost two of three so far in the Big Ten Conference, while Ryan's Badgers are a perfect 3-0, thanks to an explosive offense leading the way. Crean told the media with regards to Ryan and the Badgers:
"I have tremendous respect for that entire program. That’s a team when you watch him coach and when you watch them play, you absolutely see his competitiveness, you see his diligence. All those attributes that you would want to say, ‘That’s what a great team looks like,’ I think you can start with Bo, and that’s what a great coach looks like."
The ESPN.com pre-game report notes that Wisconsin is a team that doesn't have a whole lot to improve on right now. They've defeated two straight ranked conference opponents and have held opponents in their last four games to just 34.4% shooting. During those four games, their turnover rate has been just 5.5 per game. Just last Wednesday, they blew out Illinois at home 95-70 thanks to 18 points from Ben Brust and 17 from Sam Dekker. Currently, the team isn't ranked higher than 63rd in any particular offensive category, but they have played extremely well, and well enough to be among the top three teams in the nation. Wisconsin is looking to keep pace with the Michigan State Spartans who are currently 4-0 in the Big Ten.
On the other hand, Indiana has now lost five games of 16 this season, but they remain the fourth-best team in the country in rebounding with 44 boards per game, and the 33rd-best team in scoring, averaging 80.2 points a game. To their credit, three of Indiana's losses came to ranked foes, including #4 Syracuse on Dec. 3, 2013 and #5 Michigan State back on Jan. 5. They've also dropped games to Notre Dame and Illinois, as well as UCONN (then-No.18), none of whom are currently ranked. If they continue to lose, they could very well play themselves out of the NCAA tournament, unless they can get some big wins over ranked foes.
Indiana will look to top scorer Yogi Ferrell with his 17.5 per game to lead the way, along with Noah Vonleh. Vonleh is second in scoring with 12.5 per contest and also leads the Hoosiers in rebounding with an average of 9.3 boards per game. Point guard Ferrell is also leading the team in assists, averaging 4.2 per game for Indiana. Will he and the Hoosiers be able to get inspired behind their home crowd and knock off the No. 3 team in the land?
Odds makers don't think so, although they've only started the Badgers as 2-point favorites. Since then, Wisconsin has risen to 4-point favorites at various sports books. The over/under is anywhere from 140 1/2 to 142 points for the game, depending on the book one consults. As of this report, there's no significant injuries for either team for tonight's matchup.
Tuesday night's game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Indiana Hoosiers has a start time scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Television viewers can see this game on cable or satellite TV via ESPN. For those who have access, the game can also be seen live streaming online through WatchESPN. The broadband sports network is available for various cable and satellite providers' customers across the nation. See more details here for availability by provider, device restrictions and regional blackouts.