Wisconsin pulls away from Oregon, 72-65
- The Wisconsin Badgers clinched their fourth Sweet Sixteen appearance in five years. If they can win their way throughout the beastly West Region they will prove they have the soul of a champion. A lot of work will need to be done before they prove though. They will play North Carolina on Thursday at 6:47. The Tar Heels beat Arkansas 87-78 Saturday night. But, North Carolina might be without forward Kennedy Meeks, who suffered a sprained knee. If they defeat the Tar Heels the Badgers will advance to play either Arizona or Xavier, but probably Arizona. But Wisconsin sure proved they could win, handing Oregon a 72-65 loss, which sent the Ducks out of the tourney. Joseph Young had a great game for Oregon, scoring a career high 30 points.At times, the Wisconsin defense couldn’t stop fouling, but with a great second half by Sam Dekker the Badgers made some key stops, one of the reasons Wisconsin came out on top. “ At this point in the year, you don’t really care how you get it done. You just want to win,” Badgers shooting guardJoshGasser said. “We didn’t shoot very well. They ran some good stuff offensively. I think we did a good job defensively, for the most part.”As for the Ducks, they finished the season 26-10. “Well it hurts,” Dana Altman, coach of Oregon said. “The guys found a way to stay in the game 52-53, there, we had an opportunity. But Wisconsin is a good team.”Dekker had a terrific second half, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the second half. Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes scored 16 and 14 points, while Kaminsky had seven rebounds and Nigel boarded five rebounds and three assists. Point guard Bronson Koenig got into foul trouble, but scored 13 points, 7 were made shooting free throws. “ March Madness…… It’s not always gonna be pretty, like tonight. It’s survive and advance. Koenig stated. Even though the squad of Bo Ryan didn’t play close to one of its best games, but the Badgers will move on to play in the Sweet Sixteen.
Wichita state beat Kansas 78-65 in a match-up Wichita State has been dreaming for. Tekele Cotton scored 17 points for the Shockers. Perry Ellis and Devonte’ Graham each scored 17 points for Kansas.
Gonzaga dominated Iowa, 87-68. Kyle Wiltjer scored 13 of his 24 points in the first half and Gonzaga will play UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen on Thursday.
Duke crushed San Diego State 68-49. Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points, while Justice Winslow added 13 points. Duke plays Utah o Thursday.