Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 70, KSU 65

March, 19, 2011
3/19/11
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Kansas State's Jacob Pullen won the battle of point guards with Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor. But Taylor and the Badgers won the game 70-65.

Pullen scored a tournament-high 38 points, but Taylor blocked Pullen's 3-point attempt that would have tied the count at 68 with three seconds left.

Turning point: The score was tied 61-61 when Curtis Kelly missed a jump shot. The Wildcats got the rebound, but Taylor stole the ball from Pullen. On the other end, Mike Bruesewitz ripped a 3-pointer, and the Badgers took a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Key player: With Taylor struggling, the Badgers needed someone to step up, and that was Bruesewitz, who hurt his knee in the Big Ten tournament. He scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds and was a key player in the final minutes when Wisconsin asserted itself.

Key stat: Two of them. Wisconsin hit 9 of 20 (45 percent) from 3-point range. When the Badgers shoot well, they are tough to beat. And the bench outscored the Wildcats 15-5.

Miscellaneous: Jon Leuer led the Badgers with 19 points and seven rebounds. ... Pullen was 6 of 8 from 3-point range. He's now Kansas State's all-time leading scorer. ... Just one other Wildcat -- Curtis Kelly with 11 points -- reached double figures. ... Four Badgers reached double figures. ... Taylor was just 2 of 16 from the field, but he hit all six of his free throws, had six assists, four rebounds, a steal and the key block.

What's next: Wisconsin plays Butler Thursday in the Sweet 16 in New Orleans.

Ted Miller | email

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