Run for Happ, Badgers ends with 72-54 loss to Oregon

Run for Happ, Badgers ends with 72-54 loss to Oregon

Run for Happ, Badgers ends with 72-54 loss to Oregon

The Wisconsin men's basketball team's run in the NCAA Tournament ended Friday afternoon after a painful 72-54 upset loss to No. 12 seed OR (24-12). "Zero assists, five turnovers", OR head coach Dana Altman said with a smile.

A turnaround for the ages.

In the second quarter, OR began to dominate and pull away leading 39-20 with just over two minutes until halftime.

The Ducks have caught fire and are riding on a risky eight-game winning streak. So if whoever OR faces in the first round struggles to find its offense in the early going and sees itself in a first-half deficit, don't be surprised if the Ducks keep their March magic rolling into the Round of 32 and beyond. Opponents are shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three.

"Timely runs. I feel like we played pretty good defense early, to just give up 25 points in the first half, but our shots weren't falling in the end", Ford said. During the streak, only Arizona State (75) has cracked 62 points.

Happ ended the game with 12 points and eight rebounds, but he wasn't able to drive the Badgers offense in the way he's relied on to.

Needless to say, after All-American Ethan Happ came back for his redshirt senior season and the Badgers got healthy, a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament was not the ideal ending to a season that had much more potential, as Brad Davison mentioned after the game. On March 27, the Tall Firs faced Ohio State on the neutral Northwestern University court at Evanston, Ill., for the national title. Wooten scored on back-to-back dunks and White followed with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 42-35.

Being the last player from the 2014-2015 Final Four team to missing the tournament a year ago, Happ has seen it all, and took a little time to reflect on his illustrious career after the game, amidst the obvious disappointment.

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This might sound familiar.

King averaged 16.5 points per game during the conference tournament, but remember that Pritchard is the key to Oregon's offense.

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.

What are your thoughts on the Ducks as they go for the Sweet 16? Round one will be this Friday in San Jose California. It was just the second time this season Happ failed to have an assist in a game.

Well, that was a quick exit from the NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks were always too talented to be outside the Tournament conversation.

The Oregon Ducks took a 20 point lead into halftime as both Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard were scoring in double digits. This matchup will nearly certainly be one of the most popular upset picks of the Round of 64 by both experts and fans, and by the time Friday rolls around, don't be shocked if OR is the Vegas favorite here. It'll be hard to win this matchup without Bol Bol, but OR has confidence from its conference tournament run, and Altman is one of the best coaches in the game. The agreement runs through the 2025-26 season and is meant to be funded through philanthropy.

According to oddsmakers at, Wisconsin is favored slightly in this game, as the Badgers are getting odds of -2 points against Oregon. The Ducks are 17-4 since the league moved the championship to the desert in 2013. Game time at 5pm. The only year the Ducks departed Vegas prior to the semis was in 2014 after a quarterfinal loss to UCLA. Ethan Happ is leading the Badgers with 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

In the South Region, Bilas has the Oregon Ducks continuing their winning ways with a first-round win over Wisconsin but bowing out to Kansas State in the round of 32. Wisconsin may be the best defensive team they have faced to this point, but OR just dispatched of a very good Washington squad in the Pac-12 championship that also happens to boast a tough defense (No. 20 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom). He finished 2019 with 19 career wins in the Pac-12 Tournament.

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