MADISON, Wis. — Who saw this coming?
With just four games left in the regular season, Wisconsin is one of four teams tied for second place in the Big Ten. The Badgers moved up from a tied for fifth with Illinois with a 79-71 victory over Rutgers (18-10, 9-8 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center
Winners of now four straight games, the Badgers (17-10, 10-6 Big Ten) jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead.
Four Badgers scored in double-figures, led by Brevin Pritzl’s 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Micah Potter’s 18 (6-of-8 shooting). Nate Reuvers added 17 points, but wasn’t as efficient, shooting 4-of-13 from the field.
Brad Davison hit the 1,000 career points mark in the second half on a three-pointer.
Wisconsin is now tied with Penn State (who lost Sunday to Indiana), Iowa and Michigan State for second place in the conference. No. 7 Maryland sits atop the league with a 22-4 mark overall, and 12-3 record in conference play. Only four teams receive a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament next month.
The Badgers return to the court Thursday night in Ann Arbor against Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.