Badgers root to share Big 10 title to get No. 1 seed, will play Friday against either Michigan or Rutgers
It meant a three-way share of the regular season title, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team went into Sunday rooting for Maryland and Michigan State.
Wins by both gave the 24th-ranked Badgers a share the Big Ten regular-season conference title, but also gave Wisconsin the No. 1 seed in the Big 10 tournament, which might be just a little more important.
The conference tourney will be played March 11-15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Badgers will play at noon Friday against either No. 25 Michigan or Rutgers.
Based on head-to-head matchups, the Badgers got the top seed because they beat No. 9 Maryland and split with the 16th-ranked Spartans, going 2-1 overall. Michigan State was 2-2 against Wisconsin and Maryland, while the Terrapins were 1-2.
Wisconsin did its part Saturday, beating Indiana 60-56. Sunday, Michigan State beat No. 19 Ohio State 89-69, while Maryland beat Michigan 83-70.
The last time three teams shared the Big Ten title was 2012 — Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
|BIG TEN STANDINGS||Conf.||Overall|
|16 Michigan State||14-6||22-9|
|19 Ohio State||11-9||21-10|
|20 Penn State||11-9||21-10|
TOP PHOTO: Wisconsin guard Brevin Pritzl, left, dives for a loose ball in front of Indiana forward Jerome Hunter in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Wisconsin won 60-56. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)