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Minnesota (20-12) vs. (12) Wisconsin (25-6)



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DATE & TIME: Friday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,165) -- Indianapolis, Indiana. Television: BTN. Home Record: Minnesota 16-3, Wisconsin 14-3. Away Record: Minnesota 3-7, Wisconsin 8-3. Neutral Record: Minnesota 1-2, Wisconsin 3-0. Conference Record: Minnesota 8-10, Wisconsin 12-6. Series Record: Minnesota leads, 87-69.

GAME NOTES: The second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers engage in their first action of the 2014 Big Ten Conference Tournament, as they tangle with the seventh- seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The winner moves on to Saturday's semifinal round to battle either Northwestern or Michigan State.

Minnesota opened tournament play on Thursday by downing Penn State in a 63-56 final. The win, the team's second over the Nittany Lions in less than a week, obviously kept the Golden Gophers alive in this event, while also marking their 20th win of the season. Minnesota's record in the Big Ten Tournament also improved to 12-14, as it seeks its first-ever championship, and only its second trip to the title tilt.

Wisconsin earned the No. 2 seed in this event by going 25-6 on the season, which included its 12-6 league ledger. The Badgers had an eight-game win streak stopped in the regular-season finale at Nebraska, 77-68, and coach Bo Ryan's club comes in to today's contest hoping to raise its record in this event to 18-15. UW has two Big Ten tourney titles to its credit, the most recent of which came in 2008.

The Golden Gophers own an 87-69 advantage in the all-time series, and the two teams split a pair of meetings during the regular season, with each winning on its home court.

Austin Hollins scored 18 points and DeAndre Mathieu tacked on 13 more, both of which were needed efforts as Minnesota got by Penn State in Thursday's first- round matchup. The Gophers shot a pedestrian 43.8 percent from the floor, but drained seven treys, while holding the Lions to just 32.2 percent overall accuracy, which included a dismal 5-of-21 showing from beyond the arc. Minnesota won the game despite being outrebounded (41-33) and outscored in the paint (26-24), off turnovers (13-7) and in second-chance points (13-4).

Wisconsin, long known for its defensive prowess, actually employed more of an offensive approach this season as it averaged 73.2 ppg to rank fourth in the Big Ten. The Badgers still play well with their backs to the basket (64.2 ppg, also fourth in the league), although their average field goal allowance (.431) has them ranked 11th. Frank Kaminsky (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) spearheads a balanced attack that features four double-digit scorers. Sam Dekker joins Kaminsky in the frontcourt to grab a combined 12.6 rpg and blocked a total of 71 shots, while guard Ben Brust has nearly as many 3-point baskets (74) as most of his teammates have long-range attempts.

The Golden Gophers are going to need to play above their means if they're going to pull off the upset here. While they certainly have the ability to do so, expect Kaminsky and company to put forth maximum effort at both ends of the court, as the Badgers advance.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 75, Minnesota 66

03/14 10:26:22 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
3rd
CHA 61
LAC 75
 
3rd
CHA 61
LAC 75
 
3rd
CLE 76
ORL 53
 
3rd
PHI 75
POR 82
 
Half
TOR 54
PHO 48
 
2nd
HOU 29
NYK 28
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
IND
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 63
ARST 62
 
2nd
TOL 67
BUCK 40
 
2nd
JMU 61
COL 55
 
2nd
WINT 39
ETST 45
 
2nd
GSOUT 62
FIU 53
 
2nd
BST 70
GRAM 36
 
2nd
APP 59
HAMP 49
 
2nd
MAST 77
JVU 50
 
2nd
XAV 78
MURST 50
 
2nd
WAKE 58
NICST 24
 
2nd
MSU 56
SCU 27
 
2nd
LOU 71
SAV 14
 
2nd
TENT 69
SELA 58
 
2nd
VCU 39
VILL 51
 
2nd
OU 59
WCU 59
 
Half
IND 41
EWASH 35
 
1st
ILL 28
BRO 21
 
1st
MSST 23
CLAYST 15
 
1st
BEL 21
LIP 19
 
1st
TCU 40
MVSU 15
 
1st
IOWA 32
PEPP 24
 
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MEM 31
PVU 13
 
1st
KU 34
RIDE 15
 
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BAY 19
STEPH 18
 
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INCWORD 27
A 24
 
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USF 4
HAW 0
 
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OKST 3
ORST 3
 
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WYO
FAM
 
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MARQ
YALE
 
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CHAM
PITT
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SHU
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NMST
STET
 
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ALA
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CHADRON
 
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SIUE
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AUB
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BYU
2nd
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
2nd
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 0
MIN 2
 
1st Intermission
DET 1
OTT 1
 
Half
BUF 14
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 0