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NCAA Tournament: Badgers go ice cold

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It felt like we said it all year: poor shooting will doom the Badgers.  It was on full display in the 57-46 loss to Ole Miss.  Once you get to the NCAA Tournament the margin of error tightens up considerably, even in a 5-12 matchup.  In the final 6:52 the Badgers made only one shot from the floor and that allowed the Rebels to open up a one point game.  Those kinds of droughts will kill you this time of year.

 

Just looking at the box score it's ugly all the way across.  25.4% from the floor, 23.3% from 3-point range.  Wisconsin heaved up 30 three point shots, accounting for more than half of the overall shots taken.  The Badgers just simply didn't have the makeup to create offense off of drives.

 

Marshall Henderson lived up to expectation.  He showed off a little flamboyance in the final moments after having the green light to shoot from anywhere on the floor.  But as the scouting report suggests, Henderson gets his points because he is a volume shooter.  He ended up shooting 6-21 while 3-12 from beyond the arc.  This after he made only one shot in the first half.  Therein lies one of he issues with the Badgers today.  Eventually Henderson was going to connect and without any offense the Badgers couldn't get out of their own way.

 

So Ole Miss moves on to face the winner of the Kansas State-LaSalle and with the Atlantic 10 continuing to light up the field (Temple leads by eight as I write this) the Explorers could give us a 12-13 third round matchup for the second straight year.

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