March 11, 2017
Wisconsin advances to its seventh Big Ten Tournament championship game (won in 2004, 2008 and 2015; lost in 2005, 2007 and 2013). This will be Wisconsin’s first meeting with Michigan in the championship game. The Badgers are 3-0 all-time against the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament and split the two matchups with Michigan during the 2016-17 regular season.
The Badgers improved their all-time Big Ten Tournament record to 23-16 and 7-4 in semifinal round action. The Badgers are now 2-0 vs. Northwestern in Big Ten Tournament play.
After shooting a combined .577 from the field in its first two Big Ten Tournament games (56-of-97), Northwestern shot .346 (18-of-52) vs. Wisconsin. The Badgers also held Northwestern to a season-low 48 points.
Wisconsin’s starting five accounted for 60 of the team’s 76 total points vs. Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s 28-point win is the biggest margin of victory in a semifinal in Big Ten Tournament history. The previous high was Minnesota’s 27-point victory over Purdue in 2010. The 28-point win is also the largest victory ever for Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers’ previous high was a 26-point win over Minnesota in 2014. The Badgers have won their two games at this year’s Big Ten Tournament by an average of 19 points.
The Badgers are now 6-0 this season when allowing less than 50 points. Wisconsin also improved to 21-2 when holding its opponent to less than 45% from field and 16-0 when shooting 45% or better from the field.
The Badgers hit 12 3-pointers, falling one short of their season high. It is the 11th time this season Wisconsin has hit at least 10 3-pointers (9-2 in those games).
Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ combined for 22 points on 7-of-11 (63.6%) shooting in the first half, outscoring the whole Northwestern team (21).
Hayes scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his sixth double-double this season. The senior now has scored at least 10 points in 24 games this season and has seven games with at least 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Ethan Happ scored 16 points, his 23rd game this season with 10+ points. Senior Zak Showalter scored 10 points, his fifth straight game scoring in double figures. Senior Vitto Brown tied a season high with eight rebounds. Senior Bronson Koenig tied his career high with 2 blocks.
Wisconsin’s two-game Big Ten Tournament totals: TEAM (UW total listed first)—146-108 pts margin (73.0-54.0 avg) … 54-114 FGA (.474) … 22-51 3FGA (.431) … 16-26 FT (.615) … 69-63 rebs margin (34.5-31.5) … 28 asts (14.0) … 16 TOs (8.0 avg) … 13 stls (6.5 avg). NIGEL HAYES—14.0 ppg & 9.5 rpg; ETHAN HAPP—15.0 ppg & 10.0 rpg; BRONSON KOENIG—12.0 ppg & 3.5 apg; ZAK SHOWALTER –11.0 ppg; VITTO BROWN—6.5 ppg & 5.0 rpg; D’MITRIK TRICE –9.5 ppg & 3.0 apg, 2.0 rpg.
Northwestern advances into potential NCAA Tournament play with a school-record 23 victories and a program-best two Big Ten Tournament wins (over Rutgers and Maryland).
Despite scoring eight points today, junior guard Bryant McIntosh has averaged 17.4 points per game vs. Wisconsin during his career (five games).
Junior Scottie Lindsey was a model of consistency in the Big Ten Tournament. He scored 16 points vs. Rutgers in the Wildcats’ opener and 17 vs. Maryland in the quarterfinals. Against Wisconsin on Saturday, Lindsey tallied 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field (1-of-4 3FG) and 5-of-6 from the line. His 16 points comprised one-third of NU’s team total (48).