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


Wisconsin will take on 12th seeded Pac 12 champions OR in a first round game in San Jose Friday.

Louis King scored 17 and Paul White added 14 - all in the second half - as OR (24-12) pulled away from the No. 5-seeded Badgers after a 25-25 tie at halftime.

OR (24-12) followed up its Pac-12 tournament title by outscoring the 21st-ranked Badgers 47-29 in the second half for a ninth straight win that sent it into a second-round matchup against UC Irvine (31-5) on Sunday. Wooten, a springy 6-foot-9 forward, dunked three times en route to nine points and was key to slowing down Wisconsin star senior forward Ethan Happ.

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The Wisconsin Badgers take the hardwood with Oregon Ducks in first round NCAA college basketball action. After reaching the Sweet 16 in each of the prior two NCAA Tournament appearances under head coach Greg Gard, this trip was a bit underwhelming.

In the South Region, Bilas has the Oregon Ducks continuing their winning ways with a first-round win over Wisconsin but bowing out to Kansas State in the round of 32.

The Oregon Ducks went 1-2 over the weekend against Washington.

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"It showed everybody today, it wasn't a fluke", Payton Pritchard, who scored 19 points, said after the Badgers win. "But in order to take that next jump, to play deep into the tournament, we've got to become more consistent and eliminate those blips on both ends of the floor". This is a group playing its best ball of the season at the best possible time, and that makes OR a sleeper to make a run in the tournament. OR forwards Louis King and Kenny Wooten said after the game that they had learned Happ's tendencies from film, and that anticipation showed in the second half.

That run to book an automatic berth included an overtime win over Arizona State on Friday and a 68-48 victory over top-seeded Washington in the final the following day.

Happ ended the game with 12 points and eight rebounds, but he wasn't able to drive the Badgers offense in the way he's relied on to. It was just the second time this season Happ failed to have an assist in a game.

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The Wisconsin Badgers cheerleaders and mascot perform in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This way, they wouldn't have to rely on high-percentage shooting in order to score enough points.