Wisconsin's Ben Brust celebrates his basket and a foul on Minnesota in 1st half of Wisconsin's 83-57 win during Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
(Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune / March 14, 2014)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Wisconsin's hunt for a No. 1 seed is still alive. Minnesota's bid for an NCAA tournament invitation is just as much up for debate.
In a Big Ten quarterfinal meeting Friday night with NCAA tournament implications, the second-seeded Badgers breezed to an 83-57 victory.
Led by Ben Brust's 29 points on 8 of 15 shooting, Wisconsin never trailed.
The Badgers (26-6)advance to Saturday's semifinal against the winner of the late game between Northwestern and Michigan State.
Minnesota (20-13), a No. 7 seed, suffered through poor shooting the entire game.
Andre Hollins, who averaged a team-high 14.4 points per game, was held to eight points on just 2 of 14 shooting. He missed his first 10 shots of the game.
While the Badgers limited Minnesota to 32.8 percent shooting, they hit 54.5 percent of their shots. They made 10 of 24 3-pointers, including four apiece from Brust and Bronson Koenig.
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