Oregon’s Season Comes to an End with Wisconsin’s Second Half Shooting.
Oregon and Wisconsin will face off this afternoon for the chance to move into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Both teams have been streaky this season. Both teams play a different style of basketball, but flashback to the end of last year and you will find that both teams were ranked in the Top 10. Oregon, who started 13-0 was slated 10th and Wisconsin in the midst of an 18-0 start to their season was 4th. As far as who had to overcome more adversity from that point I think the Ducks had to overcome more.
Another area of difference was scoring. Throughout the season the Badgers averaged 65 points per game, the Ducks were closer to 80. Of course Wisconsin also plays a different style of defense in the Big Ten Conference than Oregon in the Pac-12. If you do a breakdown based on possessions Dana Altman’s team is also ahead averaging about 10 more possessions per game. So, what gives? Two teams that have taken similar, but different paths to get here will face off today. If the Ducks can get past the Badgers it will be the second consecutive year they have made it to the Sweet 16. For a team that has only been in the NCAA Tournament eleven times in their history I would call that quite the accomplishment, considering back in February when they were 3-8 in Pac-12 Conference play they could have thrown in the towel.
Oregon and Wisconsin tipoff at 4:45pm PT on CBS from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ducks and Badgers Tournament Links:NCAA Tournament: Oregon Must Battle Through Sea of Wisconsin Red To Make Sweet 16 – AutzenZoo Oregon men hitting the books as well as the hardwood -GoDucks.com Badgers’ Ben Brust refuses to call it quits -Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal For more on the Oregon Ducks , the rest of the Pac 12 and any cool tidbits we find along the way follow us on Facebook and Twitter.