Badgers wake up bury Gophers

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Badgers Basketball

MADISON — After Sunday’s stirring win at Ohio State, the Wisconsin Badgers had to wake up from a first half slumber to put away Minnesota, 52-45 on Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.

Coach Bo Ryan’s team made just four of 21 shots in the first half, and trailed 23-16 (the 16 points represented a season-low).  But with Jordan Taylor scoring 22 points, Wisconsin clinched a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Badgers, ranked 14th and 15th in the polls, improved to 22-8, 11-6 in the conference.

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