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Both Wisconsin teams fall in Sweet 16
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Both Wisconsin teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament lost their Sweet 16 games Thursday night.

The Badgers fell to top-seeded Syracuse, 64-63, in Boston as Jordan Taylor missed a three-pointer, and Josh Gasser missed the rebound shot, as time ran out.


Marquette shot only 31 percent in losing to Florida, 68-58, in Phoenix.

Syracuse will now face Ohio State in the East Regional final Saturday. Florida advanced to play Louisville in Saturday's West final. Louisville upended Michigan State 57-44. Tom Izzo's Spartans became the first of the four No. 1 seeds to go down to defeat.

The fourth-seeded Badgers were down by as many as 10 points to Syracuse in the first half. They got to within six at the half, and the lead changed several times in the second half before Wisconsin got its final lead with just over seven minutes to play.

Wisconsin hit 14 of 27 from three-point range. They hit six straight three-pointers, but did not make a single trey in the final six minutes.

Badgers coach Bo Ryan said his team proved they could play with anybody in the country, and while they played well enough to win, "it just didn't work out that way."

Syracuse shot 55 percent, much better than the 38 percent the Badger defense had given up this season. C.J. Fair scored 15 points as Syracuse improved to 34-2.

Orange coach Jim Boeheim won his 890th career game, third on the all-time list.

Taylor and Jared Berggren both scored 17 for Wisconsin, whose season ended at 26-10.

Marquette had bad shooting night

Seventh-seeded Marquette had a terrible shooting night in its loss to No. 10 Florida.

Senior Jae Crowder, the Big East player of the year, made only five of 15 shots and got into early foul trouble.

Golden Eagles' senior Darius Johnson-Odom also hit just five of 15, and had 14 points.

Florida went on a 9-0 run to take a six-point halftime lead. The Gators then pulled away with 12-2 run early in the second half and Marquette would get no closer than six. Bradley Beal scored 21 points for Florida, which improved to 26-10.

Marquette was held to 18 points under its season scoring average as it bowed out of the Sweet 16 round for the second straight year. Buzz Williams' team ended at 27-8.

Career may be over for Packers' Nick Collins

Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins says he'll have his surgically repaired neck evaluated in the next week or two, and will whether he can play this fall.

Collins suffered a severe neck injury last September when Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart tried to hurdle over him. The Pro Bowl safety has said he wants to tell the Packers about his playing status before next month's NFL Draft so the Packers can decide if they'll need to choose another safety.

Collins underwent surgery last fall to repair a bulging neck disc. A bone graft was moved from his hips to his neck. For now, Collins says he's been working out and staying in shape. He does not have an exact date for meeting with his doctor.