The win capped a magical week for a resurrected Nebraska Cornhusker basketball program, now 19-11 on the year, 11-7 in the Big 10 conference, good for a number four seed in the conference tournament and a first-round bye.
Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points each to pace the Huskers. Petteway sealed the win with crucial free throws down the stretch, finishing the game 11 of 14 from the line. Walter Pitchford scored 15.
The win came on the heels of an historic win at Indiana earlier in the week.
Wisconsin led at half-time 35-33 with both teams shooting well. Nebraska finished the first half shooting 53.6%, but Wisconsin shot 54.2%.
Things changed in the second half.
The Badgers came out hot and built a lead. Then, the Huskers clamped down. While Nebraska shot 50% in the second half, the Huskers held the Badgers to 34.4% in the second half.
Nebraska finished 15-1 at home this year. A record crowd of nearly 16,000 packed into the Pinnacle Bank Arena for the game.
Nebraska next plays Friday at the conference tournament in Indianapolis against the winner of the Ohio State vs. Purdue contest.