On a day where it felt like it had the “Sunday Scaries” the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 71-69, at a jam packed Kohl Center. The Badgers are still in the hunt for the Big Ten title, but it wasn’t easy.
The Badgers trailed 66-62 with 1:44 remaining until the defense stepped up and some clutch shots down the stretch.
Brevin Pritzl has played some great ball the past few weeks and hit a massive 3-pointer to give UW a 67-66 lead with just under a minute to play in the game tonight. He also made some other key plays and hit two important free throws to give UW a 71-68 lead with 11 second remaining.
Gard on Pritzl: “He’s done what a Senior should do. I’m proud of him.”
The Badgers defense struggled a little bit tonight as Minnesota shot 13-of-26 (50%) in the second half, but were fortunate that Minnesota was 13-for-23 (56.5%) for the game at the free throw line.
UW is now in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten with Illinois and Michigan State. The three teams are one game behind Maryland with two games remaining. UW does have the tiebreaker if they tied with Maryland.
The win puts Wisconsin at 19-10 overall and 12-6 in Big Ten play.