Despite everything that will be on the line at Purdue Sunday, the Badgers handled the Minnesota Gophers 62-49 Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Wisconsin was led by three players scoring in double-figures. The Badgers top scorer was Bronson Koenig who scored 14.
The Badgers also got good games out of Ethan Happ and Vitto Brown who both scored 12 points. Happ notched his league-leading ninth double-double. Happ is also in the top-10 in conference in rebounding, field goal percentage and steals. Look for Happ to push for Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin also received key contributions off of the bench with Khalil Iverson and Jordan Hill combining for 10 points. Despite Iverson’s now infamous blown windmill, he redeemed himself a couple possessions later with the conversion of another one of his electric dunks.
The Badgers dominated Wednesday night’s contest at Williams Arena. The Gophers held the lead for exactly 0:00 on the night. The Badgers took an 18-point lead into the half. The Badgers largest lead of the game was 21 points and it came with just under 15 minutes to play in the game.
It must be said though that the Gophers never gave up. They showed an admirable amount of pride in fighting the Badgers to the final buzzer. For those who don’t know, the Maroon and Gold only dressed eight players Wednesday and was without three of their top four scorers. With around eight minutes to go the Gophers capped a 10-1 run and cut the Badger lead to 12. That was as close as the Gophers would get though.
With Wednesday’s win, the Badgers are now 20-11(12-5) on the season. If Iowa would have closed out Indiana Tuesday night, the Badgers would have been playing for a share of the Big Ten title Sunday in West Lafayette. How nuts is that? None the less, the Badgers and Boilers tip off from Mackey Arena at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The game will have huge ramifications on seeding for the conference tournament, so everything is still to play for. You can catch the game on the Big Ten Network.