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MINNEAPOLIS — After a relatively humdrum three days, the Big Ten tournament might’ve produced the best game of conference tournament week.

Wisconsin’s 76-75 overtime upset of No. 1 seed Purdue in a semifinal Saturday ended with an energized Target Center on its feet and the Badgers rushing the floor in glee, celebrating both Max Klesmit’s game-winner with five seconds left and a continued postseason revival just across the border.

The Badgers slogged here losing eight of their last 11 games — including a road loss at Purdue that capped the regular season. Beginning with a second-round throttling of Maryland on Thursday, it’s been a different squad, and the result against the Boilermakers only reaffirmed that.

Purdue finished with a plus-14 rebounding margin, a 24-5 advantage in points from the free-throw line and Zach Edey managed to foul out three different Wisconsin big men … but the Badgers lingered. It helped that Edey missed large chunks of the first half after picking up a personal foul and a technical foul barely two minutes in, but the Big Ten Player of the Year didn’t have any restrictions after the break. And it wasn’t Edey making the biggest plays.

Edey, in fact, missed a free throw with six seconds left in regulation that would’ve extended Purdue’s lead to three. On the ensuing possession, Wisconsin guard Chucky Hepburn was able to beat Purdue’s Braden Smith off the bounce and hit a buzzer-beating layup to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, a tie breaking three-point play from Edey with 46 seconds left was trumped by another Hepburn drive on the other end, an offensive foul from Smith and then Klesmit slicing into the lane and getting the go-ahead bucket to drop.

It’s another sour March note for Purdue, which has carried a loss to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson in last year’s NCAA Tournament throughout this season — on top of a handful of other upsets by double-digit seeds in recent years. The Boilermakers still will be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and almost assuredly follow a very favorable path through Indianapolis and Detroit in their pursuit of a Final Four berth. We’ll see if the sting of this lingers or serves as fuel.

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