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CHICAGO – Kevin Kruger picked a nice time to end his shooting slump. And Wendell White, sore ribs and all, was feeling no pain after helping lead UNLV to a hard-fought 74-68 victory over No. 2 seeded Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the United Center.

UNLV (30-6) will face Pac-10 Tournament winner Oregon (28-7) in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. If Lon Kruger's squad can get past the Ducks, they'd face the winner of the game between defending national champion Florida (31-5) and Butler (29-6) on Sunday.

Not bad for a team picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West Conference preseason media poll.

"It's a great feeling, like a dream come true," guard Wink Adams, who left the game with 5:29 remaining after bruising his tailbone earlier after a nasty spill under the basket. "We all feel good about the Sweet Sixteen, but we can't sit back too long. We go out to St. Louis and hope we can come out there with a win."

"I'm really, really happy for our guys and fans and everyone involved," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "What a really good win, especially considering the amount of respect we had for Coach (Bo) Ryan and his program at Wisconsin and how great they've been for a long time."

And also considering the Rebels played down the stretch without Adams (bruised tailbone), and with White gutting out another big game (22 points, 3 rebounds) with badly bruised ribs.

"He's called ‘The Bull' for a reason," guard Kevin Kruger said simply. "I was wearing protective (pad)," White said. "It just protects my ribs and it helped a lot. It really did. They gave me a couple of elbows here and there, but other than that, I was fine."

But it was the play of Kruger and Adams' unheralded backup, Curtis Terry, that carried the Rebels down the stretch.

Kruger, who missed all eight of field goal tries (all treys) in Friday's semifinal win over Georgia Tech, came out misfiring again on Sunday, missing his first three attempts, all behind the arc.

But he finally snapped out of his 0 for 11 Midwest Regional with he connected on a long three from the right side of the key while also getting knocked to the floor by Badger Jason Bohannon. He sank the free throw to complete a four-point play to give UNLV a 25-16 lead with 7:30 remaining in the first half.

The Rebels led by 12 points, 39-27, at halftime but Wisconsin, ranked No. 1 in the nation three weeks earlier, rallied to take a 53-48 on a three-point play inside by Greg Stiemsma.

Kruger then went on a 3-point shooting binge, connecting on a trio of treys during a 2½ minute span to key a 13-1 Rebel spurt en route to a 61-54 lead.

Wisconsin never got any closer than five points after that, in big part because of the play of Terry who scored six points in a 52 second span, including a huge 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down, and also played good defense on Badger star Alando Tucker (17 points, but just 4 of 11 from the floor).

"Different guys at different times have stepped in and contributed in significant ways for us," Lon Kruger said. "They've done it almost weekly … Our depth has been good throughout the year and it's been consistently good."

Kevin Kruger said he never lost confidence during his slump.

"They felt good the last game and even at the beginning of this game," he said of his shots. "They felt like they were going in just coming out of my hand. It felt good. … I mean, I feel like I'm going to knock down my next one every time. I don't ever think I'm going to miss."

Adams tried to return to the game down the stretch but said his sore back was too painful. However, he smiling and joking in the locker room afterward and said he should be ready to play on Friday.

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