In or Out? Big Ten postseason breakdown

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In the season's earlier match-up, Northwestern stymied Happ and the Badgers' offense with aggressive double teams, but quick passing and timely outside shooting prevented a recurrence of scoring woes.

Maryland now waits until Sunday night to find out its NCAA Tournament fate.

Northwestern men's basketball's magical Big Ten tournament run was brought to an end Saturday afternoon, when the 'Cats (23-11, 10-8 B1G) were dismantled by No. 24 Wisconsin (25-8, 12-6 B1G), 76-48 in the conference tournament semifinals. "When we cause them to collapse, we've got to share it".

NU's 28-point margin of defeat was the third-largest since coach Chris Collins took over the program in 2013, and its 46 points scored represented the team's fewest since January of a year ago. I really challenged those guys with about 16 minutes left.

As they did in their quarterfinal victory over in, the Badgers got contributions from up and down the lineup.

"We know they're playing hard, playing inspired, playing well right now", Wisconsin standout Nigel Hayes said of MI.

The two teams meet for a third time with a Big Ten Tournament Title on the line. In his first season with the school, the Wildcats finished 14-19 and lost on Day 2 of the Big Ten Tournament to Michigan State. The Wildcats were able to avenge their loss to the Terps from earlier this season by shooting 55 percent from the field and holding Maryland to just 47 percent. Despite trailing big early, the Golden Gophers clawed back into the game and even took a lead only to watch MI snatch it back and win, 84-77. Northwestern had one assist in the opening 20 minutes and gave up seven offensive rebounds to the Badgers, who turned those extra possessions into 12 second-chance points.

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Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh (30) lies on the court as teammates forward Vic Law (4), center Dererk Pardon (5), and guard Scottie Lindsey (20) gather around during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Washington. The untold story, however, is UW, a program fueled by its team-oriented defense, has resumed playing defense like a team that wants to continue its season well into March.

To their credit, Rutgers kept fighting in the second half and cut the Northwestern lead to 53-37 at the under-12 timeout. "It's going to be a pro-Maryland crowd". Victories over IN and Northwestern IN Washington, D.C. have earned them their third title game appearance IN the last five seasons.

"It hurts", Trimble said.

They've, by and large, put trivial matters aside - even though they need reminders every now and again. "The first game - we can call it what it was - McIntosh killed us..." "We've been able to really be pretty effective and efficient defensively".

It was their last meaningful lead of the game, as Northwestern punished the Terps, at one point going on a 16-2 run in the second half. Trimble also paced the Terps on the glass with six boards and notched his 500 career made free throw in the second half.

Two straight shot clock violations by the Terps then helped Northwestern's comeback. "If you're going to hold IN to (60) and then hold Northwestern under 50, I think that says a lot about how far we've come defensively". The Hawkeyes still are listed by Palm as one of the "First Four Out", however, and the players harbor some small hope.

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