It might have been partially scary for the Wisconsin Badgers, but they will advance on the Big Ten Tournament with a big win over rival Michigan by the score of 71-60. Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker were a two headed monster for the Badgers today, as Sam Dekker scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and stole 3 basketballs for the Badgers. Frank Kaminsky continued his Wooden Award performance with a double-double, as he had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Bronson Koenig, Duje Dukan, and Nigel Hayes were Wisconsin’s other key contributors today, as Koenig hit crucial shots from Wisconsin which was good for 12 points as he continued his great play with Traveon Jackson being out with a broken foot. Dukan scored 8 points from the bench, and Nigel Hayes was one rebound shy of a double-double, with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
After Wisconsin took a 46-44 lead in the second half, they out scored Michigan 25-16. Wisconsin caught fire from three in the second, as the Badgers hit six three’s in the 2nd half after only hitting one in the 1st half which was a lone three from Nigel Hayes.
For Michigan, Zak Irvin had an impressive game as he had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Spike Albrecht had 10 points with 1 rebound, and the Wolverines ended up getting a very nice performance from Ricky Doyle off the bench as he scored 12 points shooting 100% from the field on six shots. Other players for Michigan weren’t able to stepped up enough to help Michigan beat the Big Ten Champions.
The Badgers, (29-3), will move on the Big Ten Tournament and take on the Purdue Boilermakers. The Wolverines, (16-16), are now eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament, and now will await their seeding in one of the NCAA’s Tournaments on Selection Sunday.
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