Badger hoops team bounced from NCAA tourney by Ole Miss
Wisconsin's NCAA Tournament run lasted only 40 minutes, as the Badgers lost to 12th-seeded Ole Miss 57-46 Friday afternoon in a second round West Regional game in Kansas City.
The fifth-seeded Badgers held a three-point lead at the half, but the Rebels pulled away with a 17-5 run midway through the second half.
Marshall Henderson scored 19 points for Ole Miss, one below his season average, as the Rebels shot 39 percent from the floor to just 26 percent for the Badgers.
Wisconsin only hit 15 of their 58 shots, and was 7 of 30 from three-point range. Sam Dekker was the only Badger in double figures, with 14 points.
Ole Miss became the third of the four No. 12 seeds to upset No. 5 seeds in the first two days of the tournament. California and Oregon were the others.
Mississippi's victory was short-lived. The Rebels lost to La Salle 76-74 on Sunday, failing to advance to the Sweet 16.
Bo Ryan's Badgers ended their 15th straight NCAA tournament run with a season mark of 23-12. The Wisconsin men made the Sweet 16 in each of the last two years. They lost their tournament opener for only the second time in Ryan's 12 seasons in Madison.
The Badgers' problem against Mississippi was simple - they couldn't shoot. They hit just 25 percent of their floor shots, 22 percent from outside the three-point line.
Ole Miss was making its first NCAA appearance in 11 years after a resurgent season.
Gophers lose in third round
Mike Rosario had 25 points and hit 6 9 shots from behind the arc as Florida held off Minnesota, 78-64, in NCAA Tournament South Region third-round action.
Erik Murphy scored 15 points and Scottie Wilbekin had 12 and six assists for the third-seeded Gators (28-7), who advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season and will play 15th-seed Florida Gulf Coast Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Andre Hollins had 25 points and made 6 of 10 from three-point range for the 11th-seeded Golden Gophers (21-13), who trailed by 21 at halftime. The Gophers cut the deficit to seven points with less than nine minutes remaining, before the Gators pulled away.
Trevor Mbakwe supplied 11 points and six rebounds, while Austin Hollins and Rodney Williams each netted 10 points. The Gophers defeated UCLA Friday in the second round.
Marquette advances to Sweet 16
The second meeting between Marquette and Butler looked a lot like the first, but the Bulldogs missed the back-breaking shot this time.
Vander Blue scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half as the Golden Eagles moved into the Sweet 16 round for the third year in a row. They edged Butler 74-72 Saturday night.
Marquette will play Miami on Thursday.
Rotnei Clarke led Butler with 24 points. Blue was 9 of 15 from the field with three long-range bombs. Trent Lockett and Derrick Wilson chipped in 13 apiece as the Eagles' record improved to 25-8.
The two teams are in line to have more games like this in future seasons. Butler is joining the new Big East which includes Marquette.