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Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Oregon was stumbling toward the end of a disappointing season until a strong turnaround led the Ducks to the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Oregon is not looking to slow down any time soon.

Payton Pritchard scored 19 points, Kenny Wooten protected the rim with four blocks and 12th-seeded Oregon extended its surprising March run by beating No. 5 seed Wisconsin 72-54 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

''It showed everybody today, it wasn't a fluke,'' Pritchard said. ''We're here to play. We're here to win it.''

The Ducks (24-12) won four games in four days last week just to make the NCAAs then followed it with an impressive victory over a higher-seeded opponent. Oregon advanced to play No. 13 seed UC Irvine (31-5) on Sunday in the second round of the South Region.

Louis King added 17 points, Paul White scored all 14 points of his points in the second half and Wooten had nine points, six rebounds and the tone-setting blocks to give the Ducks their ninth straight win.

''To see them come like this and have so much fun, that's why we coach, just to see guys get together and have fun and play their tails off,'' coach Dana Altman said. ''That's what they're doing right now.''

Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson each scored 14 points to lead the Badgers (23-11).

The game was tied early in the second half when the Ducks used their athleticism to take over. Wooten scored on back-to-back dunks and White followed with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 42-35.

White then blocked a shot by Happ on one end and converted on an impressive alley-oop slap from Pritchard on the other to make it 46-37 with 12:31 to play.

The Badgers tried to cut into that deficit but King made a 3-pointer and two free throws to build the lead to 10 points with less than five minutes to play. Wooten then put the exclamation point on the victory with two blocks on one trip before Pritchard's layup made it 59-47 and the rout was on.

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard lamented a poor seven-minute stretch for the Badgers but was proud of his squad for making the tournament a year after the Badgers missed the field.

''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.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: The Ducks were expected to be here after being ranked 14th in the preseason and picked first in the Pac-12. But a season-ending injury to star freshman Bol Bol early in the season helped derail the season. The Ducks lost at home to Texas Southern, had an epic collapse against UCLA and then lost three straight in February before this current run.

Wisconsin: Happ returned for his senior season in part to get the Badgers back to the tournament after their 19-year streak ended with a losing record last year. He delivered all season, averaging 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game to help Wisconsin finish fourth in the Big Ten. But he ended his career on a down note. He was held to 12 points, eight rebounds, zero assists and five turnovers.

''There were extra bodies around me all the time,'' he said. ''So they were trying to force me to take it out and have other guys make plays.''

SECOND HALF SURGE

The Ducks shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the second half and made five of their six tries from 3-point range. On the defensive end, they held Wisconsin to 30.6 percent shooting and just 4 of 19 from 3-point range.

UP NEXT

Oregon advances to play the Anteaters for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.

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Key Players
P. Pritchard
3 G
E. Happ
22 F
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
17.5 Pts. Per Game 17.5
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
42.4 Field Goal % 53.0
33.2 Three Point % 0.0
84.5 Free Throw % 46.6
+ 3 Walt McGrory made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Mitrik Trice 4.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Oregon 10.0
  Defensive rebound by Will Richardson 39.0
  D'Mitrik Trice missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
+ 2 Victor Bailey Jr. made layup 50.0
+ 2 Charles Thomas IV made dunk 56.0
  Offensive rebound by Charles Thomas IV 56.0
  Kobe King missed 3-pt. jump shot 58.0
+ 2 Francis Okoro made tip-in 1:07
  Offensive rebound by Francis Okoro 1:07
  Victor Bailey Jr. missed jump shot 1:09
Team Stats
Points 72 54
Field Goals 28-51 (54.9%) 20-60 (33.3%)
3-Pointers 7-15 (46.7%) 6-30 (20.0%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 8-13 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 34 35
Offensive 5 14
Defensive 26 18
Team 3 3
Assists 12 9
Steals 6 8
Blocks 5 1
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 14 15
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
12 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo 12 Oregon 24-12 254772
home team logo 5 Wisconsin 23-11 252954
Team Stats
away team logo 12 Oregon 24-12 70.0 PPG 37 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo 5 Wisconsin 23-11 68.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
3
P. Pritchard G 12.9 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.6 APG 41.8 FG%
21
K. Iverson G 6.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 0.9 APG 54.3 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Pritchard G 19 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
K. Iverson G 12 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
54.9 FG% 33.3
46.7 3PT FG% 20.0
81.8 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Pritchard 19 5 8 8/18 2/6 1/1 3 35 2 0 7 0 5
L. King 17 4 0 6/10 3/3 2/2 2 36 1 0 2 2 2
P. White 14 4 1 5/7 2/4 2/2 3 39 2 1 0 0 4
K. Wooten 9 6 1 4/5 0/0 1/2 3 33 0 4 0 1 5
F. Okoro 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Pritchard 19 5 8 8/18 2/6 1/1 3 35 2 0 7 0 5
L. King 17 4 0 6/10 3/3 2/2 2 36 1 0 2 2 2
P. White 14 4 1 5/7 2/4 2/2 3 39 2 1 0 0 4
K. Wooten 9 6 1 4/5 0/0 1/2 3 33 0 4 0 1 5
F. Okoro 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Richardson 7 5 2 2/2 0/0 3/4 1 27 1 0 2 0 5
V. Bailey Jr. 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
E. Amin 0 4 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 1 3
M. Norris 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bol - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Osborn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 31 12 28/51 7/15 9/11 14 200 6 5 11 5 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 12 8 0 5/10 0/0 2/4 2 33 1 0 5 2 6
K. Iverson 12 5 1 5/8 1/1 1/1 4 32 2 0 2 2 3
N. Reuvers 9 5 1 3/10 2/4 1/2 3 17 0 0 1 4 1
D. Trice 8 3 5 3/12 2/10 0/0 1 30 2 0 2 1 2
B. Davison 4 3 1 0/8 0/7 4/4 3 33 2 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 12 8 0 5/10 0/0 2/4 2 33 1 0 5 2 6
K. Iverson 12 5 1 5/8 1/1 1/1 4 32 2 0 2 2 3
N. Reuvers 9 5 1 3/10 2/4 1/2 3 17 0 0 1 4 1
D. Trice 8 3 5 3/12 2/10 0/0 1 30 2 0 2 1 2
B. Davison 4 3 1 0/8 0/7 4/4 3 33 2 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. McGrory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Thomas IV 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
A. Ford 2 2 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 17 0 1 1 1 1
K. King 2 4 1 1/4 0/2 0/2 1 20 1 0 2 2 2
B. Pritzl 0 1 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 1 0
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ballard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Currie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Strickland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hedstrom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 32 9 20/60 6/30 8/13 15 200 8 1 13 14 18