In the thick of the Big Ten title race a week ago, Wisconsin now would need some help to just have a chance at first-round bye in the conference tournament.
The No. 22 Badgers try to avoid losing a season-high third straight game and becoming the second consecutive ranked team to fall at last-place Penn State on Sunday in a potential Big Ten tournament first-round preview.
Within a game of first place entering last weekend, Wisconsin (20-10, 11-6) had won seven of nine and was coming off three straight victories over No. 14 Ohio State, Northwestern and Nebraska by an average of 27.0 points. Then a sub-.500 Purdue team came to Madison last Sunday and handed the Badgers a stunning 69-56 defeat. Wisconsin followed by shooting a season-low 29.4 percent in Thursday's 58-43 loss at No. 10 Michigan State that ended its chances of earning a piece of the crown.
"We have a lot to learn and a lot to improve on come tournament time," freshman forward Sam Dekker said after Wisconsin's lowest-sco...