Men's basketball: Wisconsin folds in 72-54 loss to Oregon

Mar 25, 2019, 00:43
Men's basketball: Wisconsin folds in 72-54 loss to Oregon

The day before Wisconsin's first-round matchup with OR, the Badgers faced questions about how the Ducks' length might affect their shooting, how senior forward Ethan Happ would deal with Oregon's shot blockers and how they'd contain the pace-switching work of OR point guard Payton Pritchard.

Not surprisingly, OR has set the program record for wins over a nine-season period, now with 233. The Ducks are one of the eight teams that run zone in over 30% of their possessions; they do so in just under half of all possessions. OR is making its sixth NCAA trip in the last seven seasons under coach Dana Altman.

Overall, Wisconsin achieved some levels of success this season, finishing in the top four in the deepest conference in the country and returning to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year hiatus.

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Three of four NBC Sports college basketball experts have a Pac-12 team reaching the NCAA tournament's second weekend. but it's not the Huskies. Happ averages a double-double with 17.5 PPG and 10.1 RPG. Hebard finished with 22 points of 9 for 13 shooting.

Wooten dunked on back-to-back possessions early in the second half - one on a put-back and the other on a lob - as part of an 11-2 run that netted OR a 39-33 lead.

"Pick your poison, because the one that went in, I tripped after it, so they're both just kind of like bloopers", Ionescu laughed. Then came the streak of eight wins in a row.

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Portland State: Montana is the only school to win a game in the NCAA Tournament, with three total victories. The victor of the East regional game will play the victor of Michigan State, a 2 seed, and Bradley, the 15 seed.

There are those who will disagree, pointing to Oregon's poor performance for much of the regular season. The Badgers eliminated the Ducks in the round of 32 in back-to-back seasons en route to Final Four appearances in 2014 and '15.

This is Oregon's ninth straight winning season, something that hasn't happened in Eugene in 87 years. Bol Bol, people figured, could wind up as the best player in the conference and the freshman center's supporting cast was good enough to get the Ducks back to the NCAA Tournament after they missed it in 2018.

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"I think that both of those things are disappointing, because we know how great of shooters we can be".

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