BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Wisconsin coach Greg Gard will need to make room in the Kohl Center trophy case for another piece of hardware.
No. 24 Wisconsin completed a remarkable turnaround Saturday by overcoming a nine-point deficit in the second half to stun Indiana 60-56 to secure at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.
The Badgers (21-10, 14-6 Big Ten) outscored Indiana 16-5 over the final 6 minutes, 34 seconds, to extend their winning streak to eight league games, matching their best run since Gard took over 12 games into the 2015-16 season.
They moved one-half game ahead of Maryland (23-7, 13-6) and Michigan State (21-9, 13-6), with those teams set to close the regular season on Sunday.
Maryland hosts Michigan (19-11, 10-9) at 11 a.m. and Michigan State hosts Ohio State (21-9, 11-8) at 3:30 p.m.
Wisconsin will be seeded no lower than No. 2 for the Big Ten tournament.
The Badgers will receive the No. 1 seeding if they finish in a three-way tie with Michigan State and Maryland (best round-robin record among the tied teams), if they share the title with Maryland (head-to-head tie-breaker) or if they share the title with Michigan State and Maryland finishes alone in third (winning percentage against No. 3 team).
They will receive the No. 2 seeding if they share the title with Michigan State and Maryland and Illinois tie for third (winning percentage against No. 3 teams).
Wisconsin’s last regular-season title came in 2015. That team, led by Frank Kaminsky, won the title outright with a 16-2 mark and advanced to the national title game before losing to Duke.
Gard tweaked his starting lineup and opened with the duo of Micah Potter with Nate Reuvers for just the third time this season.
Reuvers scored eight points in the first 4:31 of the game to keep Wisconsin within 28-25 after one half. He finished with 17 points to lead all scorers and added seven rebounds. His put-back gave Wisconsin a 58-54 lead with 21 seconds left.
Potter had 11 points and six rebounds when he picked up his third foul with 15:35 left in the game. He returned with 8:52 left and Wisconsin trailing 47-39 and picked up his fourth foul just 37 seconds later.
Potter grabbed two critical offensive rebounds late and finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Brad Davison hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left to close the scoring and finished with 11 points.
Aleem Ford added 12 points.
Devonte Green led Indiana with 16 points, but nothing after halftime.
Both teams opened the game on fire, particularly from three-point range, and both closed the first half unable to score from anywhere.
With Green scoring 13 points in the first seven minutes, the Hoosiers built a 17-13 lead. They eventually pushed the lead to 20-13 on a three-pointer by forward Jerome Hunter with 11:41 left in the half.
With Ford (seven points) and Potter (five) combining for 12 points, Wisconsin battled back to within 28-25 with 4:29 left. Ford capped the run with a three-pointer but went to the bench with 4:11 left after picking up his second foul.
Indiana went scoreless over the final 4:49 of the half and Wisconsin went scoreless for the final 4:28.
The game remained close for the bulk of the second half.
Wisconsin faced a 42-37 deficit coming out of a timeout with 11:58 left and got the ball to Pritzl. He tried to drive, however, and lost the ball out of bounds.
Wisconsin railed 51-44, but Reuvers scored in the lane and Trice his his first shot, after six misses, to pull the Badgers within 51-48.
After an Indiana turnover, Potter grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a three-point play to forge a 51-51 tie. Then after an Indiana miss, he grabbed another offensive rebound, which led to a three-pointer by Davison for a 54-51 lead with 4:05 left.
Indiana missed a string of five consecutive shots and Wisconsin finally capitalized when Trice hit a runner with 1:17 left for a 56-51 lead.
Aljami Durham hit a critical three-pointer with 55.2 seconds left, but Reuvers grabbed a rebound of a miss by Trice and scored with 24.6 seconds left for a 58-54 lead.
Reuvers fouled Durham with 11.5 seconds left. Durham, an 81.0% free-throw shooter, hit both shots.
Wisconsin got the ball to Trice, who was fouled with 9.7 seconds left. That was only the Hoosiers fifth foul of the half, however.
Trice got the ball again and was fouled with eight seconds left.
Davison was fouled with 7.1 seconds left. Davison, who missed two free throws earlier, made both shots and Wisconsin had a four-point cushion.
Green missed a three-pointer; Ford grabbed the rebound; and the celebration began.
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