Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77: In a test of tempos, Wisconsin delivered the knockout punch.
Ben Brust hit a clutch three-pointer with 1:07 left and the second-seeded Badgers overcame No. 7 Oregon’s transition game for a thrilling victory last night to advance to the Sweet 16.
Brust’s three from the corner gave the Badgers (28-7) the lead for good in a clash of styles played before a boisterous pro-Wisconsin crowd in Milwaukee.
Westerville South’s Traevon Jackson followed with three free throws, but he missed one with 21 seconds left to give the Ducks (24-10) one more chance to tie trailing by three.
Oregon gave it to Joseph Young, who had made big shots all night and scored 29 points. But he missed a rushed three from the wing, and the Badgers sealed it at the foul line.
Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 19 points, Jackson finished with 16 and Brust had 12. Jason Calliste had 20 points for Oregon.
Trailing by 12 at halftime, the Badgers hustled back and frustrated the Ducks in the half court.
San Diego St. 63, North Dakota St. 44: Xavier Thames scored 30 points, dropping in three-pointers from deep and finessing floaters in the lane, and fourth-seeded San Diego State (31-4) would not let 12th-seeded North Dakota State (26-7) become this year’s version of Florida Gulf Coast, winning in Spokane, Wash.
Thames had five assists and ended the comeback hopes of the Bison with a six-point spurt late in the second half that pushed the Aztecs’ lead to 12.
Kory Brown led the Bison with 13 points. Leading scorer Taylor Braun, the Summit League player of the year, missed nine straight shots during one stretch, finishing with seven points on
2 of 14 shooting.