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Friday, March 11, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Penn St. 36, Wisconsin 33

By Pat Forde

In a flatly hideous display of basketball, Penn State shocked Wisconsin 36-33. Yes, that is the final score. The Nittany Lions keep their outside shot at a bid for an NCAA tournament berth alive with their second victory of the season over the Badgers. Wisconsin has recorded consecutive duds, being blown out at Ohio State to end the regular season and now this.

Turning point: Penn State took a 14-0 lead, as the Badgers failed to score for the first 7 1/2 minutes. Wisconsin battled back to tie at three different points in the second half but never led.

Star player: Guess you'd have to say Talor Battle, who led the Nittany Lions in scoring with, ahem, nine points.

Key stat: Wisconsin shot 29 percent from the field and 9.5 percent from 3-point range.

What's next: Penn State plays Michigan State in an all-underdog semifinal Saturday afternoon, and with a victory might just earn the Big Ten's seventh NCAA bid. Wisconsin can return to Madison to hide in shame after this performance.