Behind 20 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds from senior Brian Butch, the Wisconsin mens basketball team became the outright Big Ten Champion after defeating Northwestern 65-52 Saturday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
With the win, the Badgers conclude the regular season with a 26-4 overall record while going 16-2 in conference play to secure the No. 1 seed in next weekends Big Ten Tournament.
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After getting off to a slow start Wisconsin turned it on midway through the first half. Sophomore Jason Bohannon closed out the first twenty minutes with a layup at the buzzer to give the Badgers a nine point lead heading into the locker room.
Bohannon was UWs second-leading scorer as he finished the game with 15 points and five boards in 34 minutes of play. The Marion, Iowa native also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line to set the school record for consecutive free throws made with 39. The previous record of 35 was held by former Badger Wes Matthews.
In his last regular season game as a Badger, senior Michael Flowers chipped in with seven points and three assists. Meanwhile, juniors Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry finished with nine and twelve points, respectively.
The Badgers shot 49 percent from the field (23-47) while out-rebounding the Wildcats 38-21.
Northwestern, who was lead by Kevin Cobles 17 points, finished their season at 8-21 overall and 1-17 in conference play. The Wildcats Michael Thompson added 13 points and five assists in the losing effort.
The Badgers return to action at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday March 14 at the 2008 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. Check back to uwbadgers.com for more information on Wisconsins trip to the Big Ten Tournament.