The Wisconsin Badgers made all the right plays down the stretch to knock off the Maryland Terrapins 59-54 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Wisconsin (15-17) moves on to face top-seeded Michigan State (28-3) in the quarterfinals on Friday morning at 11 a.m.
The Spartans won both games against the Badgers during the regular season, 76-61 in East Lansing and 68-63 in Madison last Sunday.
The Badgers out-rebounded Maryland (19-13) 59-54 and hit 20 of 24 free throws (83.3%). The Terrapins shot 88.9% from the free throw line but got just nine attempts, making eight of them.
Ethan Happ led four Badgers in double figures with 14 points. He hit 6 of 7 free throws to help the Badgers improve to 15-17 on the season.
Wisconsin shot just 36% from the field for the game and hit just 3 of 18 (16.7%) from three-point range. But when it counted, the Badgers made the plays. [Read more…]