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WASHINGTON — It was a long night on the offensive end for the No. 24 Badgers (12-6 Big Ten, 25-9 overall) Sunday at the Verizon Center as they couldn’t string enough successful possessions together to knock off Michigan (10-8, 24-11) 71-56 and claim the Big Ten Tournament crown.
Even after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half, senior guard Bronson Koenig helped carry Wisconsin down the stretch in its 65-62 win over Villanova.
After battling all season to put themselves in a position to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers deflated in front of the Kohl Center crowd, falling 3-1 and virtually ending their chance at an at-large berth.
WASHINGTON — The Badgers ended the Big Ten regular season playing the hottest team in the conference. Sunday evening, they’ll have to do it again to close the Big Ten postseason.
Playing in its first-ever NCAA tournament game, Robert Morris University took the ice against No. 1 Wisconsin and for the first 13 minutes managed to play toe-to-toe with the top-ranked team in the country.
WASHINGTON — Sometimes, everything goes right. After a brutal stretch of games in the middle of the season, the Badgers put together their most complete game of the season as everyone got in on the action, including Ethan Happ at the free-throw line.
WASHINGTON — On multiple occasions this season, redshirt sophomore Ethan Happ has had to run extra sprints in front of teammates at the end of a Wisconsin practice. The Badgers end every practice with free throws and at times, when players miss, head coach Greg Gard has made the culprits run.
Nigel Hayes and the Badgers drew a tough slate, as they'll likely play No. 1 overall-seed Villanova if they get to the Second Round.
Ethan Happ turned in his best performance from the free-throw line Saturday, making 8-of-11 attempts.
WASHINGTON ? The Badgers opened their Big Ten Tournament semifinal game with two airballs in the first three possessions. Seniors Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes each missed everything on jumpers in the first two minutes, and UW had nowhere to go but up—and up it went.
Ethan Happ and the Badgers have struggled to close out games through 10 games this season.
WASHINGTON — In the games leading up to No. 24 Wisconsin’s (12-6 Big Ten, 24-8 overall) 66-59 loss to Northwestern (10-8, 23-10) in mid-February, the Badgers had been playing with fire.
WASHINGTON — After falling to Iowa on Jordan Bohannon’s 3-pointer with under 10 seconds to play a week ago, the Badgers walked sullenly into the media room of the Kohl Center and quietly, robotically answered questions.
Once the third period started, the Badgers were finally able to get their legs going. From the start of the final frame, the Badgers were pushing the puck up ice, creating shots on goal and crashing the net for rebounds. Still, the effort and attack during that period proved too little too late, as the lethargic No.16 Badgers (12-7-0-0 Big Ten, 19-13-1-0 overall) ultimately lost decidedly 5-1 against No. 15 Ohio State (10-8-1-1, 19-10-6-0).
Junior Peter Tischke tied the game against Penn State with under two minutes to go on Saturday, but the Badgers could only manage one point in the Big Ten standings after losing the shootout. PSU earned five of six points for the weekend.
WASHINGTON — D’Mitrik Trice didn’t sleep much before Wisconsin’s Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana Friday night. And when the freshman got off the bus and entered the Verizon Center Friday night, he said he felt a “different feeling” than he does before most games.
After earning it's second consecutive win, Bronson Koenig said his team is having fun again. They take on Northwestern in the semi-finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The last time the No. 16 Badgers (12-6-0 Big Ten, 19-12-1 overall) met the No. 15 Buckeyes (9-8-1, 18-10-6), Ohio State erased a two-goal deficit with just two minutes left to force an overtime period in Madison Square Garden. Junior forward Cameron Hughes saved Wisconsin from a collapse, though, slamming home the game-winning goal and giving the Badgers a sweep.
In this week's episode, host Bobby Ehrlich chats with women's hockey beat writer Cameron Lane-Flehinger, who breaks down the NCAA Tournament bracket and Wisconsin's chances of winning it all. He also discusses if he thinks Ann-Renée Desbiens will win the Patty Kazmaier Award. Ehrlich then talks about men's hockey's huge series with Ohio State and what the Badgers need to do to make the tournament. Then, the venerable Ben Pickman gives his insider look at men's hoops and what to expect of this team as they enter postseason play.