The Badgers needed either Michigan to beat Minnesota or Iowa to beat Penn State today. The Wolverines ended the suspense quickly, beating Minnesota at The Barn 67-64, opening the door for Wisconsin to clinch a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.
Of course, Wisconsin needs to win its game Sunday night against Indiana. As of right now, UW would be the No. 5 seed, playing No. 4 Penn State. That could change if the Nittany Lions fall to Iowa today.
Wisconsin has never played in a Thursday Big Ten Tournament game in Bo Ryan's tenure. The last time UW played on Thursday was 2000, when the Badgers ended up in the NCAA Final Four.