Wisconsin 75, American 35: Playing in Milwaukee before a sea of fans wearing Wisconsin red, the second-seeded Badgers devastated 15th-seeded American with a 40-6 midgame run on their way to a historic rout yesterday.
The Eagles (20-13), using a Princeton-style offense, built a seven-point lead midway through the first half before Wisconsin pulled away. The Badgers (27-7) executed backdoor cuts, forced turnovers and flustered American into 4-of-26 shooting over the final 29 minutes.
One American field-goal drought lasted nearly 14 minutes.
It was Wisconsin’s largest margin of victory in the school’s 44 NCAA postseason games.
Westerville South’s Traevon Jackson led Wisconsin with 18 points. John Schoof and Tony Wroblicky led American with 11.
North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75, OT: Lawrence Alexander hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds as 12th-seeded North Dakota State upset fifth-seeded Oklahoma in Spokane, Wash.
The Bison (26-6) picked up their first NCAA tournament victory by rallying in the final minute. Alexander finished with a career-high 28 points, but it will be his falling-down, fist-pumping celebration after the tying three-pointer that will be remembered in Fargo.
Another image was that of NDSU coach Saul Phillips, who after the final buzzer thrust his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs. But no one could hear the excitable coach with all the noise.
“I just want to keep coaching this team,” he said.
Cameron Clark led Oklahoma (23-10) with 25 points.
Oregon 87, BYU 68: Reserve forward Elgin Cook, a Milwaukee native, returned to his hometown and scored a career-high 23 points as the seventh-seeded Ducks roared past 10th-seeded BYU.
The Ducks (24-9) put the Cougars away with a 15-2 run that made it 86-61 with 3:29 left.
Cook is the son of former NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson.
Tyler Haws led BYU (23-12) with 19 points.