From the opening minutes, Wisconsin found itself playing from behind in its Big Ten conference tournament semifinal game against Michigan State. The Badgers worked hard to cut into the lead and made it a contest well into the second half, but they dropped an 83-75 decision and once again failed to win the Big Ten tournament.
Despite that loss, Wisconsin earned the No. 2 seed in the West Region, and the Badgers will face American University in its opening tournament game.
Wisconsin won nine of its last 11 games down the stretch and should easily be able to put their conference tournament disappointment behind them. The Badgers have the kind of strength, versatility and skill to make a long run in the tournament.
Bo Ryan's team has a lot more going for it than just toughness and defense, though, as this Badgers team can also shoot and score.