Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, March 22, 2015
Bo Ryan and Wisconsin are getting used to these Sweet 16 berths. The Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, in Sunday night's West Region quarterfinals to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Get Tom Dienhart's rapid reaction to Wisconsin's win over Oregon below.
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The star: Joseph Young, Oregon. Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin attack, but the Pac-12 Player of the Year had 30 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. The rest of the Ducks had 35 points.
The stat: 21, Wisconsin's made free throws. The Badgers' ability to attack the basket resulted in 29 free-throw attempts, of which the Badgers made 21 (72 percent). Oregon was just 5-of-7 from the line.
The key to victory: Wisconsin used its offensive balance to win this one, finishing with four players in double-figures. Sam Dekker had 17 points, Frank Kaminsky had 16, Nigel Hayes 14 and Bronson Koenig 12.
It was over when: Wisconsin led throughout, but after Oregon?s Dwayne Benjamin drained a 3-pointer to tie the score, 52-52, with 5:56 remaining, Bronson Koenig hit a free throw and Sam Dekker answered with a highlight reverse layup and a triple. From there, the Badgers were able to turn it into a free-throw contest.
What?s next: The Badgers will take on No. 4 North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Wisconsin lost to the Tar Heels in the regional finals in 2005. With two more victories, the Badgers will return to the Final Four for a second season in a row.
Notable: Senior guard Traevon Jackson didn?t play in a second straight NCAA game. He hasn?t played since suffering a foot injury on Jan. 11. Maybe he?ll return to action in the Sweet 16 vs. North Carolina, which would give the Badgers some much-needed depth.
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