The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team did what they needed to do in order to insure the Big Ten title race tightened up, Sunday.
Their 75-62 drubbing of the leagues top team, coupled with another big surprise just a few miles down the road, now makes the rest of the Big Ten season, interesting.
With a little help from Nebraska (14-10, 6-6), who with an outstanding performance form forward Terran Pettaway shocked Michigan State – in Lansing 60-51, the Badgers now find themselves just two games out of the top spot, owning tiebrakers with both Sparty (21-5, 10-3) and the Wolverines (19-7, 10-3), who still sit at one and two.
No doubt, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky took a BIG step forward in his progression this season. His offensive spurt midway through the second half showed both his mental toughness and ability to get to the rim when teams are leaving him one-on-one.
“To come out like that and build ourselves a lead and maintain it throughout the whole game, against a team that really beat us up at home, is a great thing,” Kaminsky said.
The Badgers will get a week off to rest before heading to Iowa for an important match-up with the now three seed inside the Big Ten.
The team, now with 21 wins, is tied with Michigan State with the most overall in the Big Ten.
The Spartans will go to Purdue this Thursday before heading to Ann Arbor for the in-State battle with Michigan, next weekend.
The Wolverines will also take a week of rest before hosting State.