The Wisconsin Badgers are into the round of 32.
After dismantling the American Eagles to the tune of a 40-point romping in the first round, Wisconsin got to watch as Oregon faced a short-handed BYU squad in the game after to see who will take on Wisconsin in the next round, in Milwaukee.
The Badgers largest margin of victory in NCAA tournament history came on the strength of 50% shooting from the field and a defense that allowed American almost no second-chance opportunities and forced 13 turnovers.
Wisconsin made 22 of its final 39 FG attempts (.564) after starting the game 4-of-13 (.308).
With a much higher-paced offense in Oregon, UW will need to both continue the hot shooting and work well on the defensive end against one of the most athletic teams in the tourney, in Oregon.
Looking back to Wisconsin’s win over the Eagles, here’s a few stats that stuck out afterwards.
Wisconsin won its first NCAA tournament game for the 11th time in 13 appearances under head coach Bo Ryan. The 35 points which UW held American to was the lowest in the modern era for a Badgers defense and the lowest since 1941 when they held Pittsburgh to 30 and Washington State to 34 on their way to the 1941 National Title.
Wisconsin hasn’t given up more than 60 points in the opening round since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored 63 points in 2007. Over the last 29:17 of the game, Wisconsin outscored American 65-18. In draining their first 13 free throw attempts (13-of-14 for the game and a .929%) UW set a record with the best FT percentage in an NCAA tournament game in school history.
Traevon Jackson led the way for the Badgers in the scoring column with 18 followed by Ben Brust who chucked in 17. Frank Kaminsky added eight. All three were career highs for tourney play.
Sam Dekker has scored in double figures in both of his NCAA tournament games, averaging 12.5 points. Brust’s 4-of-7 shooting from beyone the arc was the best since Kammron Taylor who dropped in four against Arizona in 2006.
Brust now has 224 career 3-pointers, just three shy of the Wisconsin career record, held by Tim Locum (1988-91).