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2014 NCAA Tournament: Wisconsin Into Round of 32

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The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team used a dominant defensive performance, and get a huge contributions from Ben Brust and Traevon Jackson on the offensive end to move into the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.

With their 75-35 win over the American Eagles, Wisconsin will play the winner of Oregon and BYU who tip-off this afternoon in Milwaukee. It’s the largest margin of victory for the Badgers in NCAA history.

Jackson led all scorers with 18 points while also throwing in 6 rebounds. Brust hit four shots from behind the three point arc and is now just three, 3-point makes away from holding the all-time record at Wisconsin.

After falling behind 17-10 in the first half, Wisconsin went on an absolute tear, pulling off a 50-9 run through the next 20 minutes of the game to take a 60-26 lead with 7:50 left in the second half.

“I thought for about 30 minutes, we played about as well as we’ve played all season,” Bo Ryan, said.

Wisconsin, who in the first ten minutes of the game struggled from the field, ended shooting just over 50% for the game.

American was the other side of the pillow – cold; shooting 29 percent for the game.

The Eagles turned the ball over 15 times in comparison to just six for Wisconsin.

The Badgers were 13-of-14 from the free throw line while American was 9-of-13.

Click below to a full link on the box score between Wisconsin and American.

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