No. 6 Wisconsin tops Purdue, reaches Big Ten tourney final

Mar 14, 2015 8:10 PM by Ross Field

CHICAGO (AP) - Bronson Koenig scored a career-high 19 points and No. 6 Wisconsin beat Purdue 71-51 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship.

Nigel Hayes had 15 points and the top-seeded Badgers held the Boilermakers to 24 percent shooting in the second half of their fifth straight victory. Frank Kaminsky led the strong defensive effort down the stretch and finished with 12 points.

Wisconsin (30-3) reached 30 wins for the fourth time and can match the school record for victories with a win in Sunday's final. It also bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after Virginia and Duke lost on Friday.

A.J. Hammons had 10 points - all in the first half - and seven rebounds for No. 4 seed Purdue (21-12).

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