Badgers move back into tie for second with upset over No. 19 Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Wisconsin is officially in the conversation for the double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Badgers are also likely locking themselves up a NCAA Tournament bid.

All that after a 81-74 victory at No. 19 Michigan on Thursday night extends Wisconsin’s win streak to five games at the perfect time — right at the end of the regular season.

Behind a 43-point first half, the Badgers (18-10, 11-6 Big Ten) were able to build themselves a 10-point lead to head to the locker room. Micah Potter had another double-digit scoring output off the bench, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Michigan’s Zavier Simpson finished with a game- and career-high 32 points, but Michigan shooting 9-of-15 from the free throw line (especially at the end) proved to be the difference.

Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice finished right behind Simpson with 27 points.

Wisconsin still has home contests against Minnesota and Northwestern on the schedule before finishing the regular season with a road game at Indiana on March 7. Assuming the Badgers win all three, they’ll essentially assure themselves a double-bye in the tournament, meaning they wouldn’t have to play until the Friday in Indianapolis.

Sunday’s game against Minnesota is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip on BTN.