Badgers win 7th straight, grab share of Big Ten lead

The victory gives Wisconsin a share of first place in the conference standings.

Wisconsin Badgers senior guard Brevin Pritzl (1) enters the court with his mother Kathi (right) in pre-game festivities on senior night before a game against the Northwestern Wildcats Wednesday, March 4, at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports)

Nate Reuvers scored 11 points to lead No. 24 Wisconsin to a 63-48 Big Ten Conference win Wednesday, March 4, over Northwestern at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Brevin Pritzl, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford and Brad Davison delivered nine points each for the Badgers, who have won seven straight games.

Davison and Ford had team highs with eight rebounds.

The victory gave Wisconsin (20-10, 13-6 Big Ten) a share of first place in the conference standings with Maryland and Michigan State. The Badgers close the regular season on the road at Indiana on Saturday.

Pete Nance scored 14 points, and Ryan Young contributed nine points and six rebounds for the Wildcats (7-22, 2-17) in their only regular-season meeting against Wisconsin.


The Wildcats missed nine straight field-goal attempts in the first half until Miller Kopp drained a 3-pointer to trim Wisconsin's lead to 18-8 with 10:23 left until the halftime break.

As the Badgers played a small, four-guard lineup, Nance, a 6-foot-10 Wildcats forward, came off the bench and scored eight early points. Nance's layup with 2:25 to go pulled Northwestern within eight at 32-24.

Northwestern strung together a 17-6 run to close the first half to stay within reach at 34-28, but cold shooting in the second wrecked the Wildcats.

The Badgers finished with a 15-1 record at home, with its lone loss being a 71-70 setback to Illinois on Jan. 8.

Pritzl, a fifth-year senior, played his final game on Wisconsin's home court.

Northwestern, which missed seven of its final field-goal tries Wednesday, hosts Penn State in its regular-season finale Saturday.

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