Wisconsin Shines in a Cloudy Day for the Big Ten

Posted: March 18, 2011 by Austin Bramley in Penn State Basketball, Spartan Basketball, Uncategorized, Wisconsin Basketball

Temple vs. Penn State: The last time the Temple Owls won an NCAA tournament game dates back to 2001, when they beat none other then the Penn State Nittany Lions.  Ironically enough, the same math up and same result happened Thursday in the second round in the NCAA tournament.

Talor Battle hit a deep three point shot with 16 seconds to go in the game to tie the game at 64 a piece.  Temple continued the trend of hitting a buzzer beater to win the game when Juan Fernandez hit an 18-foot leaner with 0.4 remaining to break a 62-62 tie and give temple their second straight win vs Penn State in the NCAA tournament.

Temple outscored Penn state 35-33 in the first half to give them a two point advantage that Penn State could never recover from as both teams scored 31 points in the second half. Both teams shot pretty consistent, Penn State shot 48 percent from the field to Temples 49 percent. Penn State shot considerably better from behind the arc then temple did. The Nittany Lions shot 42.1 percent as the Owls shot 27.8 percent.

Taylor Battle scored 23 points to lead the Nittany Lions.  Tim Frazier scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals to in my mind, get the top performer for Penn State.

Juan Fernandez scored 23 points as did Ramone Moore to lead the Owls.  The Owls will advance to play the 2nd seeded San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday.

Michigan State vs. UCLA: In a tail of two halves Michigan State went from getting blown out to almost taking part in the comeback of the season. After being down 24-42 at half, the Spartans came storming back to find them selves down 10 early in the second half.  Kalin Lucus missed his first 8 shots from the field before finally scoring with nearly 8 minutes remaining in the contest.

UCLA missed 17 free throws to keep Michigan State in the game as did Keith Appling for the Spartans, who hit a three with 4.4 seconds to pull MSU with it one. That made the score 77-76 in favor of the Bruins. Unfortunately that was as close as the Spartans could get. Michigan State fouled Malcolm Lee, who cashed in both free throws to extend the game to three points. MSU could never get the prayer shot off because of a traveling violation via Lucus.

Draymond Green had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the Spartans. The only other player to reach those numbers in the last 15 seasons was Dwyane Wade vs Kentucky in the elite 8.

The Bruins star was Tyler Honeycutt who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks.

With the win, UCLA will advance to the 3rd round to play 2nd seeded Florida Gators.

Wisconsin vs. Belmont: Give credit to Belmont they kept it close, until the second half that is. Belmont and Wisconsin took a 34-27 half time score to the locker rooms in favor of the Badgers.  Belmont entered the second half looking to get on a roll and chip away at the Badger lead but there was one problem, the Badgers offense never quit rolling. 

The Badgers scored 38 points in the second half to the Belmont Bruins 31 for a final score of 72-58 in favor of the Badgers.  Belmont as a 13 seed, came into the tournament as a possible upset team but they unfortunately could not write their Cinderella story as they never could hit stride offensively. They shot 36 percent on the night to the Badgers 50 percent. Mick Hedgepeth scored 17 points for the Bruins and Jon Leuer scored 22 for the Badgers.

The key to the game was shooting, Wisconsin’s offense could not be stopped and Belmont couldn’t buy a bucket.

4th seeded Wisconsin will play 5th seeded Kansas State on Saturday.  Not the best day in the Big Ten as only one team won but the rest of the pack will play tomorrow to improve the Big Ten’s resume.

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Comments
  1. Never heard anything about that before, but thanks for opening up my eyes.

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