Wisconsin comes up short vs. Baylor in second round of NCAA Tournament
Wisconsin made a run in the second half, but the Badgers came up short vs. No. 1-seeded Baylor on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears got off to a hot start, exploding for 42 first-half points. Wisconsin’s defense stepped up after halftime, but it wasn’t enough. Baylor ultimately cruised to a 76-63 victory.
Four Wisconsin players scored in double figures: D’Mitrik Trice (12 points), Nate Reuvers (11 points), Jonathan Davis (10 points) and Micah Potter (10 points).
Wisconsin was efficient overall, hitting 45.5 percent of its shots. But the Badgers’ three leading scorers (Trice, Potter and Brad Davison) struggled from the field as they combined for 30 points on 37 shots.
Baylor shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range. Potential first round picks Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell combined for 32 points on 19 shots.
The difference in the game came at the free throw line as Baylor attempted 23 free throws while Wisconsin tried seven.
This loss means the Big Ten is down to Michigan, Iowa, Maryland and Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament. Illinois suffered a stunning loss to Loyola-Chicago earlier on Sunday.