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Badgers ready for Liberty in second round of NIT

The Wisconsin Badgers will look to win another game in the NIT Tournament on Sunday when they take on the Liberty Flames. 

 

Wisconsin took down Bradley early in the week on Tuesday by a score of 81-62 behind a career night from Steven Crowl. The win was the best basketball Wisconsin has played since maybe the non-conference slate. The Badgers will look to continue that trend throughout the tournament, and look for some hardware to bring home as well. 

 

The Flames of Liberty come into the matchup against Wisconsin with a 27-8 overall record. Liberty found themselves in the Atlantic Sun Conference finals against Kennesaw State, where they lost in the final seconds, preventing them from punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament and putting them in the NIT. The Flames are coming off of a 62-57 win over Villanova in the opening round of the NIT, and will look to play upset to another power six conference team Sunday. 

 

The matchup between these two teams will be the first in the two schools history, with the only two familiar opponents between the teams being Northwestern and Bradley. Liberty played the two teams in the Cancun Challenge back in November, losing to the Wildcats 66-52, and beating Bradley 55-44. Wisconsin fell in two close games to Northwestern, and blew out Bradley last time out. 

 

Tip from Madison is set for 11 AM on ESPN2. The winner of this matchup will take on the winner of Oregon/UCF in the Quarterfinals. 

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