Nebraska drops heartbreaker to No. 19 Wisconsin in Big Ten quarterfinals
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Nate Reuvers scored 14 points, D'Mitrik Trice hit a clutch 3-pointer with 58 seconds left and No. 19 Wisconsin beat pesky Nebraska 66-62 on Friday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
Khalil Iverson also scored 14 points as the Badgers (23-9) won for the sixth time in seven games despite a shaky performance by Ethan Happ. The 6-foot-10 forward, who was averaging 17.8 points and 10.4 rebounds coming into the tourney, had a season-low four points and committed seven of the team's 17 turnovers.
Reuvers, Iverson, Aleem Ford and Brad Davison stepped up to help make up for Happ's tough day. Ford and Davison each had 11 points.
Next up for the Badgers is No. 6 Michigan State. The top-seeded Spartans advanced with a 77-70 victory over Ohio State.
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POST GAME NOTES
- Today’s game against No. 19 Wisconsin marked Nebraska’s 11th game this season against a ranked opponent, the most games the Huskers have ever played against ranked teams in one season
- Nebraska’s 2-1 finish at the Big Ten Tournament tied for the best mark every by the No. 13 seed.
- The Huskers forced Wisconsin into a season-high-tying 17 turnovers.
- Glynn Watson Jr. became Nebraska’s all-time leader in games played by appearing in his 132nd game today. Watson had been tied with Cookie Belcher, who played in 131 games from 1997 to 2001. Watson also started the 111th game of his career against Wisconsin, tying Dave Hoppen (1983-86) for the third-most starts in program history.
- Watson scored a game-high 23 points, marking his fifth 20-point effort of the season and 16th of his career.
- With 23 points today, Glynn Watson Jr. moved past Rich King (1,475) for 11th place on Nebraska’s career scoring list. Watson now has 1,498 career points.
- James Palmer Jr. scored 15 points. He finished the 2019 Big Ten Tournament with 73 points, posting the seventh-most points in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history.
- With 15 points today, James Palmer Jr. moved past Larry Florence (1,223, 1997-2000) for 18th on NU’s career scoring list. Palmer has scored 1,234 points in his Husker career. He has reached double figures in 32 of 34 games this season and 63 times in his Husker career.
- Watson hit five 3-pointers against Wisconsin to move into the top five on Nebraska’s all-time chart with 179 career 3-pointers. He is tied with Erik Strickland (1993-96) for fifth place on that list.
- Palmer was 2-of-2 at the free throw line against the Badgers. His two free throws gave him 21 made free throws at the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, tying for the eighth-most in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history. Palmer attempted 32 free throws, which ranks as the most in a single Big Ten Tournament, eclipsing the previous record of 29 by Ohio State’s Brent Darby in the 2003 event.
- Isaiah Roby blocked four shots in the game. He blocked 11 shots in Nebraska’s three games at the Big Ten Tournament, one shy of the most blocks in a single Big Ten Tournament. His three blocks also gave Roby a school-record 16 blocked shots in his conference tournament career, breaking the Nebraska record of Venson Hamilton, who had 15 blocks in his six career conference tournament games from 1996 to 1999.
- Roby moved into NU’s single-season top-10 list of blocked shots with his four blocked shots today. He now has 64 on the season. He took his own spot on NU’s single-season top-10 list, as he had 63 last season.
- Despite playing three games in less than 48 hours – two of which were against top-25 opponents – Nebraska played only seven players in the entire Big Ten Tournament. Watson and Palmer both played all 120 minutes in Chicago, while Roby logged 116 minutes. Watson, Palmer and Roby each played all 40 minutes Friday against Wisconsin.