- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2018

Maryland’s stay in New York City for the Big Ten tournament didn’t last long.

The ninth-seeded Terrapins lost their first game of the tournament to No. 8 Wisconsin 59-54 Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Kevin Huerter led Maryland (19-13) with 20 points, Anthony Cowan had 16 and Bruno Fernando put up 12 points and nine rebounds.

It was a down year for Wisconsin (15-17) by the program’s standards, but the win gives the Badgers a chance to play another day. They advance to face top seed Michigan State on Friday.

Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by Ethan Happ with 14. Brad Davison posted 13, Khalil Iverson had 11 and Brevin Pritzl added 10.

Wisconsin only had five assists on its 18 field goals, but it didn’t matter as it maintained a slim lead over Maryland all afternoon. The Badgers recorded nine steals, while Maryland had none.

Maryland needed to win the Big Ten Tournament in upset fashion to score an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Now, the NIT is the Terrapins’ most likely destination.

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