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Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin

Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin

AP photo Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, right, is defended by OR guard Will Richardson, left, and forward Paul White, rear, during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Friday in San Jose, Calif.

Louis King added 17 points and Paul White pitched in with 14 for the Ducks, who outscored the Badgers 47-to-29 in the second half.

Simply put, the Ducks are about as tough a 12-seed as you can draw, and the Badgers will have their work cut out for them to advance and play the victor of Kansas State/UC-Irvine on Sunday in San Jose.

Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson each scored 12 points to lead Wisconsin, which shot just 6-of-30 from three.

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.

OR went to the Elite Eight for the second straight year last season but fell to eventual champion Notre Dame.




As Duck fans know, it was their defense that spearheaded their late-season run to the Big Dance. OR has been outstanding in this regard all season, holding opponents to just 29.4 percent from three, which is good for No. 12 nationally.

OR went on a 10-2 run in just over three minutes to take a 63-49 lead with just under three minutes left in the game.

"We don't get to play again with Ethan and these seniors, and you feel like you let them down in a lot of ways", Davison said.

On the defensive end, Wisconsin allowed 55% shooting, and a scorching 70% from the field for the Ducks in the second half. The likely first-round pick's career in Eugene ended after just nine games of averaging 21.0 points. With the absence of Bol Bol on the other side for Oregon, Happ should see plenty of good looks in this game. It was just the second time this season Happ failed to have an assist in a game. They are also vulnerable in the interior, which would make sense after losing a towering force like Bol.

If the Badgers are going to have a successful NCAA Tournament run they will need one man to carry the load. This way, they wouldn't have to rely on high-percentage shooting in order to score enough points.

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