Preview: No.12 UW vs. No.4 Xavier

After an upset win over Florida State, keeping the Badgers a perfect 3-0 against the Seminoles, Wisconsin will look for its fourth Sweet Sixteen appearance in the last seven years when the Badgers face fourth-seeded Xavier for the right to advance to Boston.

No.12 Wisconsin (20-12, 10-8 Big Ten) vs. No.4 Xavier (26-7, 12-4 A10)

Date/Time - Sunday, March 22, at 1:20 p.m. CT

Arena – Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho (12,820)

Television - CBS (Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin Leads 2-0

Last Meeting - Xavier won, 57-48, on Dec. 10, 2001 in Cincinnati

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.5 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 11.9 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.5 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.0 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.7 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.4 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.6 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 1.0 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.5 ppg)

Xavier Probable Starters

5 Derrick Brown (Junior Forward, 13.8 ppg)

11 B.J. Raymond (Senior Guard, 14.1 ppg)

20 C.J. Anderson (Senior Forward, 10.2 ppg)

25 Dante Jackson (Sophomore Guard, 6.5 ppg)

31 Jason Love (Junior Center, 7.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

12 Brad Redford (Freshman, Guard, 5.4 ppg)

22 Jamel McLean (Sophomore Forward, 4.4 ppg)

32 Kenny Frease (Freshman Center, 5.4 ppg)

52 Terrell Holloway (Freshman Guard, 5.6 ppg)

Last Time Out

After spending all night doing the dirty work on defense, Trevon Hughes got a more glamorous role at the end: Shooter of the crazy, spinning, bank shot with the game on the line.

Otherwise known as the game-winner for Wisconsin.

Hughes banked in a twisting shot over Florida State's outstretched arms with 2 seconds left in overtime to lift the Badgers to a 61-59 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

FSU's Toney Douglas (26 points) hit a three-point shot with 1:16 left gave the Seminoles a 59-56 lead but, smothered by the Wisconsin defense, he missed another one that would have put it away with less than 10 seconds to go.

That set the stage for Hughes, who had the ball all the way after a timeout, trailing by one with 8.3 seconds left.

He dribbled left, spun right into the lane, then flipped the game-winner over Douglas and Chris Singleton. Drew contact, too, and made the free throw for a three-point play to make it 61-59.

Jason Bohannon - Hughes' "shooter" - led Wisconsin with 16 points, including a 3-pointer with the shot clock going off for 52-50 lead with 55 seconds left in regulation. Wisconsin was down as much as 12 at halftime, wouldn't quit.

"Coach said, '20 minutes is guaranteed to us and nothing after that,"' Joe Krabbenhoft said. "He said let's take advantage of those 20 minutes on both ends. Every loose ball has got to be ours. Smile. Have fun. Just go out there and have a ball."

Series Notes

Wisconsin is 2-1 all-time vs. Xavier.

UW is 17-9 all-time vs. teams from the Atlantic 10 conference.

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin recorded its biggest comeback victory of the season Friday night, erasing a 12-point halftime margin. The last time the Badgers overcame a double-digit second-half deficit was in a 2007 NCAA tournament first round game vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi, when UW won after trailing by 12 points with 14:40 to play. That marked the fourth time under Ryan that UW has won an NCAA tournament game after trailing by double digits in the second half.

Jason Bohannon led the Badgers with 16 points vs. Florida State. That was the fourth time Bohannon has led Wisconsin in scoring this season. UW is 4-0 in those games.

Wisconsin improved to 20-12 on the season. This is the sixth time in Bo Ryan's eight seasons at UW that the Badgers have cracked the 20-win plateau. Prior to Ryan's arrival, Wisconsin had four 20-win seasons.

The Badgers are allowing just 59.0 points per game, which ranks 13th in the nation. Florida State scored exactly 59 points in Friday night's overtime contest. UW is 15-1 when holding its opponent under 60 points this season.

Including last season, Wisconsin has been to the Sweet 16 three times in the last six years. Only Duke, Kansas and Texas have made more appearances in the Sweet 16 (four) than Wisconsin over that span.

Xavier Notes:

Xavier has won 26 games, marking the third straight year and the 10th time in Xavier history that the Musketeers have won 25 games or more.

Xavier is 5-2 on neutral courts this season after its first round win.

Xavier is making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and its eighth in the last nine years, including the NCAA Elite Eight last season. Xavier has made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 27 seasons.

Both head coach Sean Miller and assistant coach James Whitford have ties to the Wisconsin basketball program. Miller was an assistant at Wisconsin in the 1992-93 season, while Whitford is a 1994 Wisconsin graduate who spent three years as a student manager for the Badgers. Whiford was a junior when Miller was an assistant on the staff.


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