After Oregon had taken a one-point lead on a three-pointer by Joseph Young with 2:53 remaining, the teams traded missed shots. Then Wisconsin had a four shot, three offensive rebound possession that lasted 53 seconds and culminated on a Ben Brust three-pointer that gave the Badgers a 77-75 lead with 1:08 left. The Ducks had one last chance to tie the game, gaining possession with 22 seconds left down by three points. However, Young missed a three-pointer contested by 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, the Badgers secured the rebound and closed the game at the free throw line.
Oregon used 19 first half fast break points to run out to a 49-35 lead by the last minute of the half and silenced the pro-Wisconsin fans at the Bradley Center. The first half was played at Oregon’s pace but the second half was all Wisconsin’s.
The Badgers slowed the pace down, shut down Oregon’s transition offense and limited Oregon to 28 second half points. They also started to get the ball inside to Kaminsky to take advantage of their size. Kaminsky delivered inside and opened up the outside for three-point shooting by Brust and Josh Gasser who combined to shot 7-of-13 from long distance. Wisconsin owned the boards ending the game with a +10 advantage including a 14-3 edge on the offensive end.
Both teams shot well (48-49 percent) and each committed only eight turnovers in a well played game. Oregon shot 44 percent on three-pointers and 91 percent (21-of-23) from the foul line but the deciding stat of the game was the Badgers rebounding edge. That helped Wisconsin attempt 11 more shots than the Ducks.
Young (29 points) and Calliste (20 points) were exceptional for Oregon. Both shot very well with Young shooting 10-of-19 including 4-of-7 3’s while Calliste only missed one three-pointer on the night (4-of-5 FG, 1-of-2 3PT, 11-of-11 FT). All five Wisconsin starters scored in double-figures led by Kaminsky’s 19 points. Point guard Traevon Jackson was solid with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Wisconsin (28-7) advances to the Western Regional in Anaheim where they will face the Baylor-Creighton winner. Oregon (24-10) heads home after another successful season.
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