Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/3/12
Wisconsin already has clinched a bye in the upcoming Big Ten tournament and can't win the conference's regular-season title, making Sunday's home matchup with Illinois little more than a postseason tune-up. There's much more on the line for the Fighting Illini. Unlike Illinois, the 14th-ranked Badgers (22-8, 11-6) are a lock for the NCAA tournament. They can do no better than a second-place tie in the final Big Ten standings, though they ensured a first-round bye in the conference tournament with a 52-45 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. "Anytime you can play to win less games to get to your ultimate goal, it's always a good thing," senior Jordan Taylor said after scoring 22 points. "Playing three instead of four will definitely help." Wisconsin avoided a letdown following a 63-60 win at then-No. 8 Ohio State last Sunday. The Badgers had to overcome shooting a season-low 30.8 percent and a seven-point halftime deficit, but they refused to blame their performance on being tired whil...
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