The regular season is now in the rear view mirror as the “second season” begins with conference tournaments, and subsequently the NCAA Tournament. For the Wisconsin Badgers, they have earned the No. 2 seed in the 2014 Big Ten tournament, thanks in part to an eight-game winning streak in the month of February and into March.
In the 13 years that Bo Ryan has been head coach of the Badgers, they have finished no worse than fourth in the Big Ten. Meaning that Wisconsin has received a bye in every one of those years and have never played on Thursday of the conference tournament under Bo.
Wisconsin will play the winner of Thursday’s first round game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT. The Badgers split the season series with Minnesota and defeated Penn State in their only meeting.
This year’s Big Ten Tournament is up for grabs, with Wisconsin and the Michigan Wolverines as two of the favorites. The first game of the tournament will be Indiana vs. Illinois at 11:00 a.m. CT on the BTN with the championship game on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.