Wisconsin Basketball: Badgers draw red-hot OR in Round of 64

Michigan, Oregon To Square Off Next Year In Ann Arbor, 2020 In Eugene

Being the last player from the 2014-2015 Final Four team to missing the tournament past year, Happ has seen it all, and took a little time to reflect on his illustrious career after the game, amidst the obvious disappointment.

Portland State: Montana is the only school to win a game in the NCAA Tournament, with three total victories. "We can look back at our Big Ten season and our conference and non-conference, but we can't change it now".

UW went 7-8 against teams in the NCAA field, and the breakdown of that record offers evidence of its struggle to make the jump from good to great this season. The Badgers entered the contest as a slight 1.5-point favorite, despite being the much higher seed.

"Pick your poison, because the one that went in, I tripped after it, so they're both just kind of like bloopers", Ionescu laughed.

OR will take on UC Irvine, who knocked off Kansas State to secure a spot in the Round of 32. That season, OR won the Pac-12 Tournament and wound up in San Jose as the #12 seed. This matchup will nearly certainly be one of the most popular upset picks of the Round of 64 by both experts and fans, and by the time Friday rolls around, don't be shocked if OR is the Vegas favorite here. The Ducks are one of only 11 schools nationally that have won 20 games in a row for at least nine consecutive seasons.

This is Oregon's ninth straight winning season, something that hasn't happened in Eugene in 87 years. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider the Ducks lost 7-foot-2 Bol Bol (21.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg) for the season in December. Pritchard's style stood in contrast to Wisconsin's continually slow-it-down approach, and the Ducks took advantage in scoring all of the game's fast-break points.

Without guards able to make it happen themselves, the Badgers had to rely on the offense OR knew was coming: a post-heavy scheme run through senior forward Ethan Happ. Payton Pritchard was the starting point guard on Oregon's 2017 Final Four team. Louis King is leading the team with 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but is dealing with an ankle injury.

"It doesn't tarnish. It stings for a while, but it doesn't tarnish what this group accomplished to get to this point", Gard said.

Wisconsin loses All-American big man Ethan Happ as well as Khalil Iverson.

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