The Indiana bench ruled.

Let's start with that.

The Hoosiers produced plenty of talking points during Tuesday night's 74-70 victory over Penn State, and not just because Zach McRoberts had another difference-making scoreless game, but nothing was as decisive as IU's bench-point advantage.

The 118th season of Indiana basketball continues on Monday when the Hoosiers open the home portion of the Big Ten season against Iowa. The Hoosiers are coming off a 69-55 loss on the road at Michigan and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Iowa also is in the midst of a two-game skid after falling at home to Penn State, 77-73, to open Big Ten play.

The Indiana Hoosiers (5-6) did not let inclement weather slow down the offense on Saturday, as they cruised to a 41-0 win over Rutgers (4-7) at Memorial Stadium. It's the first shutout in Big Ten play for the Hoosiers since Oct. 30,1993 against No. 22 Michigan State.

The 118th season of Indiana basketball continues on Wednesday night when the Hoosiers visit #22 Seton Hall in the Gavitt Games. The Hoosiers are coming off an 86-77 win over Howard in the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic, while Seton Hall defeated Monmouth, 75-65, in the Preseason NIT on Sunday in Newark.

Sometimes the other team is just better. As was the case Saturday.

But a "Breakthrough" also doesn't happen when you can't catch a break. Or make your own breaks.

Wisconsin won Saturday at Indiana and the No. 4-ranked, unbeaten Badgers certainly deserved to do so.