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March 9, 2014
Huskers stun Badgers, earn 1st-round B1G tourney bye

Lincoln — Nebraska overcame the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday evening as the Huskers posted a 77-68 victory in front of a school record 15,998 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields led the Huskers with 26 points each, as the Huskers improved to 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Shields went 10-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, while Petteway grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Shields and Petteway also combined to shoot 17-of-21 from the free-throw line, while Walter Pitchford added 15 points on the evening. Wisconsin was led by Frank Kaminsky as he recorded 14 points and eight rebounds

With the victory, Nebraska earned the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Huskers will play the winner of Ohio State and Purdue on Friday at 1:30 p.m. CDT.

The win propelled NU to a 19-11 overall record and an 11-7 record in Big Ten play. Wisconsin closed the game with a 25-6 record and a 12-6 record in Big Ten play. The win clinched fourth place in the final Big Ten standings at 11-7, as Nebraska went 10-2 after a 1-5 Big Ten start.

Nebraska trailed 40-33 in the second half, but used a 9-2 run to pull within one after a Petteway layup with 16:09 left. Wisconsin eventually built a 52-48 lead, but the Huskers took control with an 10-2 run, taking the lead for good on a Ray Gallegos 3-pointer with 7:44 left and building a 58-33 lead after a Pitchford 3-pointer.

Wisconsin chipped the Husker lead to 60-57, but a Benny Parker basket and five straight Petteway points pushed the lead to 10, as Petteway had 17 second-half points for the Huskers.

• Nebraska collected its second win over an AP Top-10 team this season, the fifth time in school history that has happened and the first time since 1993-94
• Nebraska clinches sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten standings, its best conference finish since 1997-98. Nebraska closed the regular season with eight wins in the last nine games and went 10-2 after a 1-5 start to Big Ten play.
• Nebraska finishes with an 11-7 Big Ten record, matching the third-most conference wins by a Husker team in school history. It is the most since the 1965-66 team won 12 games in the Big Eight
• Nebraska improves to 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, its best home mark since going 17-1 in 1982-83
• Nebraska snaps a five-game losing streak to Wisconsin dating back to 1992
• Shavon Shields finished with 26 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season.
• Terran Petteway had 26 points, his 11th 20-point game of the season. He also finished with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year.

                        1st  2nd   Total
Wisconsin ............   35   33  -   68
Nebraska .............   33   44  -   77

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.