Syracuse nearly made the wrong kind of history in its opening game of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, coming perilously close to becoming the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a No. 16. But the Orange survived, and actually looked like a No. 1 seed in its second game, beating Kansas State handily, 75-59. Jim Boeheim's zone defense kept the Wildcats in check, allowing fewer than 60 points and turning that into solid production on the offensive end, shooting 66.7 percent from 3-point range.
But what happens against a team that might not need 60 points to win? After all, the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers allow the lowest amount of points in the nation with 52.9. Wisconsin cruised past Montana in its first game but struggled to put No. 5 Vanderbilt away. The Badgers squeaked by the Commodores, 60-57, after John Jenkins missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Will Wisconsin be the first team to knock out a No. 1 seed? Or will the Orange take care of business and advance to the Elite Eight?
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|@ ESPNHomeCourt : #Syracuse hangs on! The #Badgers made it rain with 14 3s but the #ORANGE are victorious 64-63 and on to the Elite 8. http://t.co/1i499ZRg|
|@ SethDavisHoops : Great game by the Badgers. Great season too. Hate to see Bo leave the tourney.|
SYRACUSE WINS. SYRACUSE WINS.
THE DEFENSE FORCES TWO AWFUL SHOTS, ONE A DEEP OFF-BALANCED 3-POINTER FROM TAYLOR AND ONE FROM BEHIND THE BASKET.
THE ORANGE ADVANCES TO THE ELITE EIGHT!
Wisconsin almost comes up with a couple steals but they eventually foul with one to give. 22.8 seconds left.
|@ RTCEastRegion : Phenomenal game in Boston. Gasser at the line and calmly hits both. Now Syracuse will have to hit its free throws.|
Keita bails out Wisconsin with the shot clock running down and commits a dumb foul. He's fouled out. 31.7 seconds left in the game.
Waiters misses a fadeaway and Keita is called for a foul on the loose ball. That's 4 for him.
Taylor misses a long 3-pointer and Fair goes high up for the clutch rebound. Under two minutes to go.
Joseph drives baseline but turns the ball over on a bad pass. Three minutes to go in the game.
Evans comes out of the time out and nails a 3 pointer from the left side. 62-61 CUSE. Under four minutes to go.
|@ AndyGlockner : If Cuse keeps going to the rim, they should pull this out. Wisconsin has to miss a shot at some point...|
Waiters. Wow. Waiters drives to hos right, spins around the defender avoiding the charge and makes the righty layup. That'll go in his highlight reel.
WISCONSIN IS ON FIRE. Taylor just nailed another 3 from the left wing. But KEita makes an easy bucket down low to make it 59-58 WISC.
|@ AndyGlockner : 21 3s and 20 2s attempted by Wisconsin. They've made 13 3s and 6 2s.|
|@ rushthecourt : Wisconsin is a long way away from Loyola Marymount's record of 21 3-point field goals, but at this rate they may get close (13 now)|
Waiters misses a dunk but the ball goes right to Fair, who draws a foul and makes the short jumper. 56-55 WISC
Wisconsin is 13/21 from 3-point range. 15-5 run for Wisconsin and all 15 from beyond the arc.
|@ rushthecourt : Would love to see a football-style time of possession stat for the Syracuse-Wisconsin game.|