NEW YORK — After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.
Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten tournament.
Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan State on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.
"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."
The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eighth-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.
The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.
After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called time out and Pritzl got the game winner 12 seconds later.
Michigan 77, Iowa 71: Duncan Robinson made Michigan's only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the 15th-ranked Wolverines survived foul trouble and poor shooting to beat Iowa.
The fifth-seeded Wolverines (25-7) face fourth-seeded Nebraska on Friday.
Michigan was 3 for 19 from 3-point range and Robinson made all of them. His OT 3 put Michigan up 72-70, and the Wolverines made just enough free throws to hold off the Hawkeyes (14-19), who got a basket from Luka Garza on their first overtime possession and not another one.
Penn State 65, Northwestern 57: Tony Carr scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers and set up another in the final minutes as Penn State made a late rush to hold off Northwestern.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions (20-12) and set up a quarterfinal game on Friday against No. 13 and second-seeded Ohio State.
Carr hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:06 to play to give Penn State a 55-54 lead and ignite a game-closing 13-2 run. He later set up a 3-pointer by Josh Reaves that expanded the lead to 58-54 with 3:03 to go and he followed with his sixth 3-pointer a minute later for a seven-point lead.
Dererk Pardon has 14 points and eight rebounds for Northwestern (15-17), which finished its season on a seven-game losing streak. It was a major disappointment for the Wildcats who went to the NCAA tournament for the first time last season and had high hopes coming into this season.