Badgers advance in a tale of two halves
CHICAGO (WITI) — The Wisconsin Badgers were two very different teams in Friday’s 68-59 win over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
The first half was so bad for the Badgers that they only had 10 points with less than 2 minutes to play. They would make only 5 of their 27 shots in the half. But Michigan wasn’t much better as they struggled to only 20 points on 10-29 shooting in the first 20 minutes to lead 20-17 at the break.
But something changed between the time the Badgers left the United Center’s court for halftime and when they returned for the second half.
The shots that weren’t falling early, began to fall regularly later. Jared Berggren’s lay up early in the second half gave the Badgers their first lead since 2-0 at 26-24. It was part of a 10-0 run for the Badgers as they would extend their lead to 29-24.
Ben Brust had a big second half scoring 11 of his 14 points after the break. His point shot midway through the half gave the badgers an 11 point lead at 56-45, their biggest of the game.
Traevon Jackson would score 16 in the win and Ryan Evans added 12 in the win.
The Badgers advance to the semi-finals to face top seed Indiana on Saturday.
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