Badgers over Rutgers for fourth consecutive win, pull into four-way tie for 2nd in Big 10
MADISON, Wis. — With four games remaining in the regular season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team sits in a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.
Sunday, the Badgers got 18 points off the bench from junior Micah Potter in a 79-71 avenging win over Rutgers.
That win was Wisconsin’s fifth win in its past six games since La Crosse native Kobe King announced he was leaving the team. The last time Wisconsin played Rutgers, King led the team with 18 points in a 72-65 road loss.
Wisconsin (17-10, 10-6) still has the worst overall record of the four teams in second place in the Big Ten, and seventh-ranked Maryland (22-5, 12-4) sits at No. 1 in conference, two games ahead of the pack. None of the Badgers’ remaining opponents are ranked and only two are over .500.
Thursday, the Badgers head to Michigan (18-9, 9-7) for the first matchup of the season.
After that, it’s Minnesota (13-13, 7-9) — which destroyed Wisconsin 70-52 on the Gophers home court — and Northwestern (6-20, 1-15), before finishing off the regular season with a tough road game at Indiana (18-9, 8-8).
The Badgers beat Indiana at the Kohl Center 84-64 back on Dec. 7, when King scored a career-high 24 points.
TOP PHOTO: Wisconsin’s Micah Potter, left, dunks past Rutgers’ Myles Johnson (15) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)