BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WMTV) -- For Wisconsin the goal was simple, earn a win in Bloomington and lock up a share of the Big Ten regular season title. For Indiana, close out Assembly Hall with a signature win over one of the nation’s hottest teams to keep their national tournament hopes alive.
Indiana guard Devonte Green (11) shoots around Wisconsin forward Nate Reuvers (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
The Badgers accomplished their mission, winning 60-56 for their first Big Ten title since 2015. Badgers men's basketball fans have something to celebrate.
Just a few hours after their win, the trophy made its first appearance in Madison. Micah Potter showed it off to the fans who welcomed the team upon their arrival at the Kohl Center.
For a team that's been through it all this year, they never had a doubt they would be holding that trophy.
“There is no doubt we’ve had some help from above. How ironic that we won by 4 Moore.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 7, 2020
I can’t wait to take this trophy back to Howard and let him touch it.”#OnWisconsin || #B1GChamps pic.twitter.com/T1thJ2TFf2
In a game where the two teams combined for 39 points in the first 11 minutes of play, Badger fans were set for another shootout. Then the defenses stepped up as just 14 points were scored over the final nine minutes of the half.
Wisconsin shot 38% from the floor in the first half, but 6-13 from deep to trail just 28-25 at the break.
Indiana was led by Devonte Green’s 16 points on 6-10 shooting through the first 20 minutes of play. Green was then held to 0-7 shooting in the second half and zero points.
What a comeback in Indiana as the Wisconsin Badgers clinch at least a share of the Big Ten Title. pic.twitter.com/aF9xkHSMIN— George Balekji NBC15 (@GeorgeBalekji) March 7, 2020
Wisconsin was lead in scoring by Nate Reuvers' 17 points and seven rebounds.
Micah Potter had 14 points and 11 rebounds with countless big plays made down the stretch in the second half including a three-point play to tie the game at 51.
When the Badgers needed a big play the most, Micah Potter and Brad Davison stepped up. pic.twitter.com/eF5JP2GGoL— George Balekji NBC15 (@GeorgeBalekji) March 7, 2020
Then Brad Davison gave Wisconsin their first lead of the game since the 13:55 mark in the first half, which the Badgers never gave up with a three for a 54-51 lead.
D'Mitrik Trice finished with just four points in the contest, but his second bucket of the game gave the Badgers a five-point lead and earned him 1,000 career points.
How about this bucket for D'Mitrik Trice's 1000th career point. Gives the Badgers a 56-51 lead with a Big Ten regular season title on the line. pic.twitter.com/IcDlSpZJqu— George Balekji NBC15 (@GeorgeBalekji) March 7, 2020
Now the Badgers gaze turns to the other top-two teams in the Big Ten to determine their conference tournament seeding. Maryland and Michigan State both have a shot at a share for the trophy as they currently await to play Sunday with 13-6 conference records. The Terps host Michigan while Sparty hosts Ohio State.