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Badgers advance to Big 10 finals against Ohio State

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Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin Badgers

CHICAGO (WSAU-TSN)  Ryan Evans scored 16 points and snagged eight rebounds as No. 22 Wisconsin extended its winning streak versus Indiana to 12 straight, downing the third-ranked Hoosiers, 68-56, on Saturday in Big Ten Conference semifinal action.

Ben Brust had 12 points, while Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren each had 11 for the Badgers (23-10), who advance to the title game on Sunday to face Ohio State.

Christian Watford had 14 points and Cody Zeller recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards for the Hoosiers (27-6), who were looking for their first-ever Big Ten playoff title after winning the regular season outright.

Indiana got within 50-49 on two Zeller free throws with just under 10 minutes to play, but the contest soon changed as the Badgers stifled the Hoosiers to close the game.

Wisconsin reeled off an impressive 15-4 spurt that Mike Bruesewitz capped off with two free throws with 38 seconds remaining, putting an end to the Hoosiers' quest for a Big Ten title.

Watford's layup at the 3:42 mark gave IU just its fourth point during the run, while Indiana managed just seven total points following Zeller's free throws.

The Badgers didn't attempt a free throw until Dekker missed the end of a three-point play with 12 minutes to play, but scored their final 10 points from the charity stripe to secure the victory.

Remy Abell split a pair of free throws 6 1/2 minutes into the second half to put Indiana in front 41-40 before Dekker capped off a 10-2 spurt with seven consecutive points to give Wisconsin a 50-43 edge with 11:16 remaining.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watford and Abell -- sandwiched in between a Traevon Jackson layup -- put the Hoosiers ahead 20-14 just over 10 minutes into the contest. Wisconsin, though, closed the half on a 20-11 surge for a 34-31 lead at the break.

The Badgers' success towards the end of the first half related to their 3- point shooting, as 12 of the team's final 14 points before break came from behind the arc.

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