Badgers exit tournament with 18-pt loss to Oregon

Wisconsin Badgers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Pacific-12 and are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.

OR is 2-2 all-time against Kansas State and 6-2 all-time versus UC Irvine.

Ethan Happ and Iverson each posted 12 points in the losing effort - their final games in a Wisconsin Badgers uniform.

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. "Zero assists, five turnovers", OR head coach Dana Altman said with a smile. But a season-ending injury to star freshman Bol Bol early in the season helped derail the season.

As Duck fans know, it was their defense that spearheaded their late-season run to the Big Dance. OR led 46-37 with 12:39 to go.

That all changed when the Oregon Ducks went on a run to win four games in four days to clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. 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.

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Leonard and Max Hazzard each scored 19 points to send 13th-seeded UC Irvine into the second round. Just announced, the Oregon Ducks get an extra day and play close to home. The likely first-round pick's career in Eugene ended after just nine games of averaging 21.0 points.

TEXAS TECH 72, N. KENTUCKY 57: Jarrett Culver had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-6) defeat No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky (26-9) at Tulsa.

"There were extra bodies around me all the time", he said. Hebard finished with 22 points of 9 for 13 shooting.

How they make a run: Pritchard controls the pace of play, King and White are knock-down from deep and some spark off the bench helps OR steal a tournament win, OR maybe even a few.

TENNESSEE 77, COLGATE 70: Admiral Schofield had 19 points and second-seeded Tennessee (30-5) held off a second-half rally by Colgate (24-11) at Columbus, Ohio. The Badgers are giving up just 61.4 points per game while holding opponents to 39.3 percent shooting.

  • Lawrence Cooper