INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Bo Ryan finally got his first win in the Big Ten Conference tournament.
Mike Wilkinson scored 22 points and Devin Harris added 21 as 10th-ranked Wisconsin cruised into the semifinals with a 66-52 victory over Minnesota.
Wilkinson and Harris - the Big Ten Player of the Year - each made 8-of-13 shots from the field for the Badgers (22-6), who had lost their first game in the tournament the previous three seasons under Ryan. They will play Michigan State on Saturday.
"It's nice to be playing again tomorrow," Ryan said. "We are looking forward to the next 40 minutes."
Wisconsin stretched its winning streak to five games while improving to 7-6 in games away from the Kohl Center. Its last win in the tournament was a 78-66 triumph over Purdue on March 10, 2000.
"It's good for the players," Ryan said. "It has been a different environment for us, but you have to come ready to play all the time. We have played well the last two Big Ten tournament games, we just didn't shoot the ball well."
Wilkinson held Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kris Humphries - Minnesota's leader scoring and rebounder - to 12 points and nine boards.
"We were trying to keep him from getting the ball because coach always says that if he can't get the ball, he can't score," Wilkinson said. "But the guards did a great job playing the passers, and that gave us time to move around. He hit a couple of tough shots and got a couple of tough rebounds for putbacks, but most of his points were tough jump shots."
Humphries reportedly is going to declare for the NBA draft. He was just 3-of-10 from the field for eight points in the first half and finished 5-of-16 with five turnovers.
Adam Boone also scored 12 points for the Gophers (12-18), who fell to 4-7 all-time at the Big Ten tournament.
"We didn't achieve what we would have liked, but we never really gave up on our team. We never broke," Boone said. "I'm pleased with our effort, day in and day out. I wished for better results, but I'm still proud of the team."
Minnesota had a 14-12 lead midway through the first half after Humphries hit a 3-pointer, but Wisconsin used a 10-0 run to take control. Harris capped it with a layup 6:18 before halftime and the Badgers did not trail thereafter.
Harris had 13 points in the first half and his four-point play in the second gave Wisconsin a 59-47 cushion with just under four minutes remaining.
Known for their stifling defense, the Badgers kept Minnesota from scoring consecutive baskets over the final 16 minutes and scored 19 points on as many Gopher turnovers.
Minnesota also could not contain Wisconsin, which shot 54 percent (14-of-26) in the second half and 45 percent (26-of-58) overall.
"I credit Wisconsin's defense for its win," Gophers coach Dan Monson said. "We never had those two or three shots in a row to win. Nineteen turnvers are a lot, but they had 14 steals. They're pressuring outside and they're very physical inside."