Oregon Comes Up Short To Wisconsin, 72-65

For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin Badgers eliminated the Oregon Ducks from the NCAA playoffs by winning 72-65 on Sunday. The loss ended what had been a Cinderella story for Oregon, which pre-season prognosticators had picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 Conference.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) dribbles around Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) during the first half in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The game was closely contested to the surprise of many who thought Wisconsin would easily roll over Oregon. While holding the lead for the entire game, the score was tied 52 all with 5:27 left in the game. However, from that point on Oregon could not convert several scoring opportunities. Trailing 60-54 left in the game with 1:27 left on the game clock, the Ducks were forced to foul in hopes of the Badgers missing, but Wisconsin hit 11-of-13 free throws to ice the win.

Joe Young was the leading score for the game with 30 points and Jalil Abdul-Basset had 12. Jordan Bell and Dwayne Benjamin had eight each. Benjamin was the game's leading rebounder with eight boards while Bell hauled down seven. Bell also had four blocked shots for the game.

for the game Oregon shot 44.1 percent on 26-of-59 shooting including 8-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line. The Ducks were 5-of-7 in free throw shooting and had a 34-32 rebounding edge over the Badgers.

Wisconsin was led by Frank Kaminsky with 16 points and seven rebounds. Sam Dekker was the high score with 17 points while Nigel Hayes and Josh Gasser both had 14. Bronson Koenig added 12.

The Badgers overall shot 22-of-51 for 43.1 percent from the field and had seven successful 3-point shots. Wisconsin went to the line a total of 29 times hitting gaining 21 points.

Wisconsin moves on the Sweet-16 in Los Angeles and will face North Carolina on Thursday afternoon.

While the season ends for Oregon, the loss can not detract from the the fact the Ducks won a total of 26 games, which is the fifth straight time for Head Coach Dana Altman. Oregon will return at least eight players off this year's roster and have a very promising recruiting class coming in next fall.

Joe Young had a terrific season and was deservedly the conference player of the year and many Duck fans will follow him as he heads to the next level of competition in his career.

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