Badgers shake off Minnesota, rattle off sixth straight win


MADISON, Wis. — It wasn’t as easy as some other contests as of late, but the Badgers were able to get past Minnesota on Sunday night.

In a game that saw Wisconsin (19-10, 12-6 Big Ten) blow a 12-point lead, the Badgers did just enough to get past the Gophers, 71-69, and stay in a tied for second place in the conference with two games to go.

Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan State all enter the final week of Big Ten play at 12-6, just one game behind Maryland (13-5). All four teams still have a shot to win either outright or a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

The Badgers’ win also keeps their hopes alive for a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament, starting next week in Indianapolis.

Brad Davison was the only Badger with a big game at the Kohl Center, scoring 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

But it was Brevin Pritzl who hit the go-ahead three-pointer with under a minute left to put the Badgers ahead 67-66, but the Gophers responded on the next possession to take back a one-point lead. The back-and-forth pace continued, and Aleem Ford threw down a two-handed dunk off the inbounds pass for the 69-68 advantage.

Wisconsin’s next game is Wednesday for Senior Day at the Kohl Center against two-win Northwestern.