Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
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No. 5 Badgers will play No. 12 OR in NCAA tournament

No. 5 Badgers will play No. 12 OR in NCAA tournament

The Ducks received a No. 12 seed and a trip to San Jose, Calif., just as they did in 2013 when they pulled off two upsets to reach the Sweet 16. This will be a contrast of styles, as the Huskies run a Syracuse-type zone, relying on their defense to carry them.

Listless in the first half, the second-seeded Sun Devils (22-10) seemed to take control with an 18-1 run that turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead.

"We also realize that we're susceptible as every team is in this tournament and sometimes that's as valuable to know instead of thinking you're invincible", Bennett said Friday of the NCAA Tournament. The biggest question is: How will the Ducks handle Ethan Happ?

The Ducks have been at their high-flying defensive best since coach Dana Altman switched to a lineup with three 6-foot-9 players. Both teams are ranked in the Top 10, one space apart entering this week, but that all goes out the window as winning your games in our respective regional is all that matters.

In January they lost their best player and National Basketball Association prospect, Bol Bol to a season-ending injury, but recently have been picked up by the play of Payton Pritchard who had 20 points in the title game. OR now starts four forwards - all of whom are 6-foot-9 or taller - around junior guard Payton Pritchard.

Now, how long can the Badgers keep the excitement going?

No. 12 OR (23-12) vs.


"We've been really good (at times)", Gard said after UW's 67-55 loss to Michigan State in Chicago.

We'll take the Badgers to win and advance though, opting for their consistency to win out in the end. Wisconsin would win four out of five times these teams play, but this time. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino was an assistant at Louisville, under his father, Rick.

Gonzaga, Duke, Virginia and North Carolina are the No. 1 seeds. In his first stint in Louisville, Pitino helped the Cardinals get to consecutive Elite Eight appearances. Rick has since been supporting his son, often coming to Minnesota games.

During the eight-game winning streak, the Ducks outscored their opponents by almost 18 points per game, with an average score of 72-54.

Even a First Four victory for Arizona State would represent an upgrade in the conference's performance over previous year, when ASU and UCLA were eliminated in Dayton, Ohio, and No. 4 seed Arizona was routed by Buffalo in the first round.

The two best point guards in the country square off as Murray State's Ja Morant matches up with fellow All-American Markus Howard for Marquette.

Howard, on the other hand, is a dynamic scorer, a skill which could make him a first-round draft choice.

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