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Badgers make it six in a row, defeat Minnesota 71-69

Wisconsin's Aleem Ford (2) grabs a defensive rebound against Minnesota's Daniel Oturu (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Wisconsin's Aleem Ford (2) grabs a defensive rebound against Minnesota's Daniel Oturu (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)(NBC15)
Published: Mar. 1, 2020 at 8:02 PM CST
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Wisconsin began the best month of college basketball with a win, defeating Minnesota 71-69.

Riding a five-game win streak, the Badgers earned their sixth straight victory thanks to clutch plays on both end of the floor late in the game.

Brevin Priztl knocked down a three from the corner for give Wisconsin a 67-66 lead with 56.2 seconds to play.

After Daniel Oturu responded with a jumper for a one-point lead, D'Mitrik Trice found Aleem Ford wide open underneath the basket thanks to a well executed play out of a timeout for a 69-68 advantage.

As Oturu had 26 points on the night, Minnesota went back to the big man on the other end to retake the lead, but Nate Reuvers stood his ground for a key defensive stop.

Brevin Pritzl knocked down two free throws to get Wisconsin to 71 points, and Oturu could not get a shot off before time expired, as the Badgers finally exhaled a sigh of relief for their 12th Big Ten win of the season.

Wisconsin was led in scoring by Brad Davison who had 20 points, 13 of them coming in the first half.

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