Where Is Bobby!
Posted 02/09/2006 6:05:43 AM PDT

Loss provokes long locker-room talk Related articles • IU stumbles on road again terry.hutchens@indystar.com MADISON, Wis. -- Indiana University basketball coach Mike Davis has had some long postgame locker-room sessions in his six seasons with the Hoosiers. What it means The Hoosiers have lost four of their past five games and two in a row for the second time this season. IU is 0-4 in Big Ten road games, losing by an average of 16 points per game. Turning point After IU went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to four at 20-16 in the first half, Marco Killingsworth picked up his second foul and came out of the game. The Badgers went on a 16-6 run, and IU never got under a double-digit deficit again. Player of the game Wisconsin junior Alando Tucker had a game-high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting. He scored 18 points in the second half. The longest lasted more than an hour in December 2003 following a 39-point loss to Kentucky at the RCA Dome. Wednesday night, Davis kept his team behind closed doors for nearly 40 minutes after its most recent Big Ten road loss, a 72-54 drubbing at the hands of Wisconsin. IU is 5-0 at home in conference and 0-4 on the road. Very few players leaving the locker room had anything to say. Marco Killingsworth and Robert Vaden declined comment. Roderick Wilmont said Davis challenged the team. "He just asked us, 'Who are you playing for?' '' Wilmont said. "A lot of guys said their families and Indiana, and we're just not playing for them right now. We're embarrassing them. We've got to get this thing turned around.'' Junior college transfer Earl Calloway, who made his third start of the season at point guard, said Davis just told the team they needed to bounce back and bounce back quickly. IU plays Iowa on Saturday at Assembly Hall. "He told us we need to pick our heads up, work harder and we need to win,'' Calloway said. Coaches on the floor Both Davis and Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan spent their share of time on the playing floor, questioning calls by the officials. Davis may have spent more time on the floor than freshman Ben Allen, who logged nine minutes for the Hoosiers. Ryan came out on the court, almost to the free throw line, with 5:29 to play in the first half to argue a jump-ball call. Davis came out to halfcourt with 11:36 remaining in the game, arguing a foul on Marshall Strickland in the lane. Assistant coach Sidney Green tried to pull Davis back, but Davis knocked Green's hand away. Neither coach was assessed a technical foul. Frigid shooting night In its first 13 games, Indiana never shot below 44 percent from the field. In fact, the Hoosiers had nine games in that stretch in which they shot better than 50 percent from the field. The past seven games, however, have been an entirely different story. Five times, IU has shot 39 percent or less. Wednesday night was the worst, as the Hoosiers shot a season-low 28.6 percent on 16-of-56 shooting.