Freddie Owens made a three-pointer with :01 on the clock to give the Wisconsin men's basketball team a 61-60 victory over Tulsa. The Badgers rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes of the game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin next plays Thursday, March 27, in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Minneapolis, Minn. The Badgers will play the winner of Sunday's contest between No. 1 seed Kentucky and ninth-seeded Utah.
Despite shooting just 38 percent from the field, Wisconsin went on a 16-2 run to close out the game and pull off the come back win. Mike Wilkinson scored 18 points on seven of 11 shooting to lead the Badgers.
Tulsa's Kevin Johnson made a three-pointer with 4:20 remaining to give the Golden Hurricane a game-high 13-point lead, 58-45. Johnson led all scorers with 23 points. After Johnson's three, the Badgers responded with an 11-0 rally cutting the Tulsa advantage to 58-56 with 1:31 left. Wisconsin held the Golden Hurricane to two points in the final four minutes of the game.
Down 60-56 in the final minute, Devin Harris drove the lane and scored to cut the deficit to 60-58. Tight Badger defense forced a Tulsa shot clock violation on the Golden Hurricanes final possession of the game giving Wisconsin the ball with :12 seconds remaining. Harris brought the ball up the court, drove the lane and found an open Owens in the corner to sink the game-winning three with just :01 remaining.
After scoring the first basket of the game, the Badgers fell behind midway through the first half. Trailing 18-11, Wisconsin answered with a 12-0 rally to go up 23-18 with seven minutes remaining in the first frame. However, the Badgers would not lead for long. Tulsa ended the half on a 12-0 streak to go into the locker room with a 32-25 advantage. Jason Parker had 15 first half points to pace the Golden Hurricane.
The Badgers, the fifth-seed in the Midwest, improve to 24-7 on the season. In addition to his 18 points, Wilkinson also led the Badger with eight rebounds. Harris finished with 12 points and Alando Tucker scored 10 to go with his six rebounds. The Badgers leading scorer, Kirk Penney, was limited to six points.
The Sweet Sixteen berth gives the Badgers their best post-season performance since the 2000 team advanced to the Final Four.
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