Wisconsin-Oklahoma City won their first Big Ten championship game in nearly five years Thursday night with a 79-64 win over the Indiana Pacers.
In what was a thrilling game, Wisconsin got the first 20 points from point guard Aaron Gordon and then had seven players score in double figures.
Wisconsin outscored the Pacers 30-16 in the second half.
The win was the third in a row for the Badgers, who are playing their fourth straight Big Ten title game.
Indiana and Wisconsin have played in the Big Ten Championship Game five times, the last two as a part of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
After the game, Indiana coach Tom Crean said, “I was really happy for the team.”
Wisconsin head coach Tom Izzo, who played in two of the games, was happy with his team’s effort.
“We played really well, played a lot of good basketball, and we didn’t do anything special,” Izzo said.
“I’m really happy with the way we played tonight.”
Indiana, which has not lost in its last six games, had three players score 25 or more points and 10 players score 20 or more.
Minnesota was without its top scorers, guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Marcus Smart, both for the second straight game.
The Timberwolves have won seven of their last nine games.
Iowa beat Wisconsin in the last meeting at Madison Square Garden in December, which the Badger won 79-72.
With all four teams playing in the final regular season game, the winner of the matchup will advance to the NCAA Tournament in the first round.
This will be the first NCAA Championship Game for the University of Wisconsin.
The Badgers have never won a Big Ten Tournament game.
Wisconsin is 4-1 in Big Ten play.
There is a lot on the line for the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas State is playing in its first Big 12 Tournament game this season and has lost five straight.
Texas A&M is playing for the SEC championship and has not won a game since beating Texas A&m 75-63 on March 1.
Houston and Texas have played each other twice.
North Carolina is in its second Big 12 game and is 3-1 this season.
It is the third time in the past six years that the Tar Heels have lost a Big 12 tournament game.
Kansas has been playing in a first round game for the first time since it was invited in 2007.
Baylor has played in three Big 12 games this season, including a 74-59 win over Texas A & Mac.
Arizona is 3 and 2 in Pac-12 play and is 2-2 this season in the conference.
Michigan is playing the first of its two games against Oregon in the Pac-10, the second of its season.
Wisconsin has lost to Texas Tech twice in the NCAA tournament and has never won.
Minnesota is playing its second of three games against Wisconsin this season (first against Kansas, then against Oklahoma).
Utah is 3 against Iowa and has won the other two games.
Kansas is 2 and 1 against Oklahoma.
Utah has won three of its last four games against the Sooners, including winning at home 74-58 in overtime last season.