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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - By the numbers, Ole Miss beating Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday was considered an upset.


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Don't tell Marshall Henderson.

The Rebels, the No. 12 seed in the West Regional of the bracket, took down No. 5 seed Wisconsin, 57-46, with a dominant second-half effort. They outscored the Badgers by 14, held them to only eight makes in 36 shot attempts and just 21 points.

Henderson struggled in the game, making only 6 of 21 shots, including 3 of 12 3s. However, he scored 17 of his 19 points in the second period, on 5 of 10 shooting.

"We didn't see what everyone was talking about on film," Henderson said of Wisconsin, a prohibitive favorite entering the game. "We knew we were the better team. I knew in my head if I could make a freaking shot, we're going to blow this open. If I would have made shots, we would have won by 25."

Wisconsin (23-11) was billed as a grind-it-out team with a methodical style of basketball that wore opposing teams down. The Badgers were top-10 in the country in scoring defense, and they held Ole Miss (27-8) to a season-low 57 points.

But Ole Miss felt it was better.

"Everyone was talking about their pack-line defense, and it was there, but it wasn't just what everyone was saying," Henderson said. "We could see people getting in the lane (on film). You've just got to attack it. We did that. As we watched more film, we just got more confident."


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Now, the Rebels will focus on No. 13 seed La Salle. The Explorers upset No. 4 seed Kansas State, 63-61, on Friday. Sophomore forward Jerrell Wright had a career-high 21 points, while senior guard Ramon Galloway scored 19.

"We don't really get into seeding," Ole Miss guard Nick Williams said. "Everybody's good at this point of the tournament. They're a good team; they run a lot of ball screens. It comes down to guarding the dribble. They get a lot of easy shots off of dribble-penetration. We've got to sit down and guard them."

When guard LaDarius White reviewed La Salle on film, he saw Ole Miss. The Explorers, like the Rebels, run an up-tempo style. "La Salle plays just like we play," he said.

The Explorers run a four-guard offense featuring Galloway - who averages a team-high 17.2 points per game - sophomore D.J. Peterson and juniors Sam Mills and Tyreek Duren. Duren is second on the team with 14.4 points per game.

"That's what they do," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "It's a totally different style from what we faced (against Wisconsin). They play seven guys, five of which will stretch you out to the three.

"We have to do a good job of trying to contain the dribble and keeping them out of the paint. They've got one true post guy (Wright) they play the majority of the time. He's a formidable, good player. But our hope is that we can try to attack them inside-out."

No matter the style, how different La Salle (23-9) is in its philosophy than Wisconsin, Williams said Ole Miss has to play its game - a game that has the Rebels within one win of the Sweet Sixteen in Los Angeles, Calif., following six straight wins.

"We know that they have a bunch of guards that can do a lot of different things," Williams said. "At this point of the year, a lot of teams don't know a lot about (the) different teams they play. But it comes down to you just have to man up and go out there and play your ball."


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